Report by Entertainment Team, Los Angeles, USA (Originally in English)
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Founded in 1978 by David E. Carter, a past Emmy® and Clio® winner, the Telly Awards honor excellence in local, regional and cable TV commercials, videos and TV programs. The Telly is one of the most sought-after awards by industry leaders, from large international firms to local production companies and ad agencies. This year, the Telly Awards received over 13,000 entries from all 50 states in the US and over 30 countries in 5 continents. Thus, winners of the Telly represent the best work of the most respected production companies, television stations, cable operators, advertising agencies and corporate video departments in the world. This year’s winners included CNN, Microsoft, MSNBC, NBA Entertainment, NBC Universal Global Network, Nickelodeon, the Biography Channel, and the History Channel. But most notably, on June 23, Golden Year 3 (2006), Supreme Master Ching Hai’s “The Peace Seeker” was honored by the 27th Annual Telly Awards with one of the highest honors in television—the Silver Telly statuette for the Entertainment category. It is a distinguished privilege indeed, to be among the less than 10% of a total 13,000 entries to receive a Silver Telly!
Master Ching Hai’s poetry collections poignantly convey the compassionate heart of the poet. Inspired by Her beautiful poetry, Oscar and Emmy-award winning composer Fred Karlin (“For All We Know,” “Come Saturday Morning,” musical score for Yours, Mine, and Ours) set Her poems to music in the extraordinary masterpiece, “The Peace Seeker,” performed for the benefit concert, One World … of peace through music at the famed Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. “The Peace Seeker” is an impressive symphonic portrait that takes listeners on a musical journey, involving the refined talents of singers Mel Kubik, Nicole Campbell, Stevie Mercer, actors Reverend Jerome Smith, Laurie Johnson, Clarinda Ross, award-winning conductor Peter Boyer and the reputable and oldest civic boys choir, the Pasadena Boys Choir. Also performing in the concert was the esteemed 65-piece orchestra that regularly plays for the annual Academy Awards.
When asked about her impression of Supreme Master Ching Hai, Maria Newman, award-winning composer and daughter of Oscar-winning composer Alfred Newman, shared, “Musicians and artists in general—what would the world be without artists and what they give to the world, in that they bring so much joy to people? But furthermore I just wanted to say that, and in the case of Supreme Master Ching Hai, this has gone far beyond that. Not only does She create beautiful art in every sense of the word, but She creates music within Her other artworks.”
The benefit concert was hosted by legendary actress Debbie Reynolds, a multi-talented superstar with more than 35 movies to her credit, and John Moschitta, former Guinness Book world record-holder for fastest talker.
Oscar and Emmy award-winning composer Bill Conti (musical scores for Rocky, For Your Eyes Only, The Thomas Crown Affair) noted after the benefit concert, “I love Her poetry. And the very little that I know of Her music, I enjoy, because I did work with one piece in preparing for the concert…The experience that I had was so wonderful and what She is giving to other people is so wonderful.”
During the One World …of peace through music benefit concert, the 6,000-plus audience members and Oscar composers all loved the presentation of Supreme Master Ching Hai’s poetry. Hence, it is only natural that the poetic beauty of “The Peace Seeker” would also move the hearts of the public at large and professionals in the industry, as evidenced by its winning of the Telly Award. It is truly wonderful that Supreme Master Ching Hai’s poetry is so far-reaching and leaves an indelible impression in the hearts of all viewers and listeners alike.
In expressing his admiration for Supreme Master Ching Hai’s poetry, Oscar and Emmy award-winning composer Fred Karlin observed, “She sketches very specific characters and very specific moments. And those are nice poems, nice lyrics to work with because they give you something tangible that still has a more universal, more expanded view of life…I just found myself feeling privileged to be able to work with Her through these poems.”
George Thatcher, acclaimed composer-songwriter-lyricist (“Send Me a Lover,” recorded by Celine Dion) remarked, “The words, the way the words flow together, the imagery, I remember reading it - they were all beautiful.”
All of us are ‘peace seekers,’ yearning to find the inner sanctum of our soul. Fortunately for us, the compassion of our beloved Master is like the jewel-studded stars that quietly, unconditionally, and lovingly shine the way for us to realize the Kingdom of God within:
For all peace seekers,
The stars are there to light the Way
And to remind them of the Compassion of a holy Sage.
Each line, each verse of Master’s beautiful and heartfelt poetry, like the tears of the Holy sage, heals our pains and soothes our misery while at the same time reminding us of the noble purpose of being a human.
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