A 52 minute documentary - written and directed by Peter Sumner.
Luke travels to India, where he has the lead role in the classic Bedouin play 'Leila and Majnun', for the annual celebrations of Meher Baba's birthday. Amidst the rich culture and bustle of India, Luke meets with Baba's family members and others who devoted their lives to serving Baba. Rehearsals are demanding but Luke still finds time to talk with friends who come to the pilgrim’s centre seeking answers to their deepest questions. Amidst the rich culture of India, Luke first visits Meher Baba’s birthplace in Pune, then his home at Meherazad where he meets with members of Baba’s family and some people who devoted their lives to serving Baba. At sunrise on Baba’s birthday (Feb 25) Luke joins the crowd at His tomb, and later the performance of the play is a huge success, with all the musicians, cast and choir rising to the challenge. Finally, we witness ‘the dhuni fire’ – a ritual of dedication and release and an expression of love for God.
Baba's Birthday, was led by writer/director Peter Sumner, and produced by Michael Ney / Sensory Image. It was shot in India over two months, edited in Australia over several months and has original music for orchestra composed by Christopher Gordon (composer on Mao's Last Dancer).
More details at: sensoryimage.net/meher-baba
Who is Meher Baba?
Avatar Meher Baba was known as the Silent Master who devoted His life, not to teaching, but to awakening humanity to His unifying message of Truth and Love given by the great messengers of the past. His belief that all had been said was given emphasis by his observing silence for 44 years, from 1925 until his death in January 1969.
Born in Pune, India in 1894, of Zoroastrian descent, Baba's mission as Avatar, the Hindu word for Godman, began in 1921 and developed as a practical example of his principle message of love. He worked with disciples in India, Europe, America as well as the poor of India, through free schools, dispensaries and shelters.
Meher Baba attracted a dedicated worldwide following from all religious traditions. He said, "I intend to bring together all the religions like beads on one string, revitalising them for individual and collective needs." Meher Baba's followers are simply known as 'Baba lovers', following no rites, rituals, ceremonies or specific religious duties.
More on the life of Meher Baba: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meher_Baba