(27 Mar '04)
Bharata Yatra 2004
27 March 2004 — Kolkata, West Bengal
Amma’s first program in Kolkata was held in the middle of Richie Park, Maddox Square under a magnificently constructed temporary structure. The backdrop to the dais was done up in ochre and white and covered with purple orchids.
The two chief guests of the program were the Honourable Chief Justice Shri. A.K. Mathur of the Kolkata High Court and Shri. Rajendra Kumar, IAS, Principle Secretary, Urban Development. Both men delivered short addresses about Amma, and Chief Justice Mathur helped Amma distribute checks to destitute women, as part of the Amrita Nidhi pension program, which has now been extended to Kolkata.
The night grew cool and breezy about the time Amma began singing bhajans, including Bengali versions of “Ma Jagadambe Darshan Tere” and “Ananda Janani.”