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First Guru

First Guru travels back to when Hinduism, Vedanta and Yoga first entered the national conversation in America in 1893, with the arrival of a young Indian monk at the Parliament of World Religions gathering in Chicago.  Director Raja Choudhury will integrate original photographs of Vivekananda’s journey to the U.S. with the Swami’s own words and with visual graphics, animation and a critical analysis of his life and work. The impact of Vedanta as taught by Vivekananda has permeated American culture.

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Hartley Update 

First Guru has signed a co-production agreement with PBS WTTW Chicago.

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If you would like to explore films with similar themes, please click on Hinduism.