Dan Johnson is a Princeton-based percussionist who performs regularly in Philadelphia, New York, and for dance and music sessions in the Princeton area. This morning he did a tabla drum demonstration for our Rhythm of the Sacred class.
It was a happy connection to also have him perform during Chapel, just two days before the Hindu, Sikh, and Jain festival of Diwali. Diwali is the Festival of Lights, which originated as a harvest festival in India. It signifies the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance. At this time, all over the world, people celebrate with family and friends by lighting lamps and candles, and exchanging fruits, nuts, sweets, and other gifts. Celebration and symbolism of light is significant in many religions throughout the world. The entire community enjoyed the music of the tabla drums, and were reminded to consider the significance of light in their own lives, and to offer others wishes of happiness and peace.
Chapel on Tuesday also included the School's first student speaker of the year, Megan Long '17, who shared some of her favorite memories from her semester at The Island School in the Bahamas and how her experience there changed her life.