मैत्रीं भजत अखिलहृज्जेत्रीम्
आत्मवदेव परानपि पश्यत ।
युद्धं त्यजत स्पर्धां त्यजत
त्यजत परेषु अक्रममाक्रमणम् ॥
जननी पृथिवी कामदुघाऽऽस्ते
जनको देवः सकलदयालुः ।
दाम्यत दत्त दयध्वं जनताः
श्रेयो भूयात् सकलजनानाम् ॥
Maitreem Bhajata Akhila Hrijjetreem
Atmava Deva Paranavi Pashyatha
Yuddham Tyajata, Spardham Tyajata
Tyajata Pareshwa Krama-Aakramanam
Jananee Prithvee Kama Dudhasthe
Janako Deva, Sakala Dayalo
Damyata Datta, Dayadhwam Janataa
Shreyo Bhooyat Sakala Jananaam
Let us link our hearts for the cause of global harmony.
Let us abandon differences, hatred and divisiveness.
Let us respect the earth as our Mother
Let all of humanity come together for peace.
Subbulakshmi and her husband, Kalki Sadasivam, were accompanied by five other musicians. Wearing a blue sari and adorned with garlands of flowers, she took to the stage to roaring applause.
She was introduced by Under Secretary-General C.V. Narasimhan MBE, the UN's highest-ranking Indian official, and himself a scholar and connoisseur of Indian classical music as the "First Lady of Carnatic Music".
The audience was enthralled by the journey through the South Indian musical
tradition she took them on, and the concert was met with rapturous reviews,
cementing M.S. Subbulakshmi's international fame.
The hymn 'Maitreem Bhjata" was composed especially for the occasion, with lyrics provided by her spiritual mentor Acharya Sri Chandrashekharendra Saraswati. The hymn ends in a rousing call for universal friendship and world peace in Sanskrit: "Srey o bhooyat sakala jananam (Let grace and happiness abound for all mankind)".