4th Naada Bindu Festival: Tradition & Tradition Interpreted
Photos courtesy: CNB
June 21, 2014
The 4th Naada Bindu Festival, a residential 3-day performing arts retreat, was presented by Chinmaya Naada Bindu (CNB) from May 23 – 25, 2014 at Kolwan. Swami Tejomayananda inaugurated the festival and released the festival souvenir Rasikatvam conceptualized, designed and edited by Ramaa Bharadvaj, CNB director for dance. The Naada Bindu Festival attended by over 400, had an impressive start with a musical welcome by 6 village children who are receiving free music training through the CNB Chinmaya Social Responsibility program. Following this, Swami Tejomayananda in his insightful discourse, emphasized that one can utilize whatever talent one is bestowed with, to invoke God’s grace.
A stunning motif of a celestial Kalpataru tree of bounty designed by Ramaa Bharadvaj and painted by Anil Govalkar, created a striking stage backdrop for outstanding concerts by 6 performance groups, who brought to life the festival theme of ‘Tradition & Tradition Interpreted.’ Carnatic vocalist Neyveli Santhanagopalan and Hindustani vocalist Pt. Venkatesh Kumar touched everyone with their evocative brilliance. Kathak by Nirupama and Rajendra was dazzling in its choreography, costumes and lighting. Sitar maestro Pt. Nayan Ghosh accompanied by his young son Ishaan on the tabla gave a memorable performance. Tala Vadya Kutcheri by T H Subash Chandran’s Sankara Ensemble received a standing ovation. The festival ended with the vibrant, high energy presentation of Bharatanatyam by Parshwanath Upadhye and Punyah Dance Company.
The lecture demonstrations in Kathak by Nirupama and Rajendra and in tabla by Pt. Nayan Ghosh were immensely enjoyed by the audience. Anjali Kirtane’s inspirational film on ‘Gaan Yogi: Pt. D.V. Paluskar’ gave a picture of his grueling yet alluring journey towards realizing his own music within.
A cultural mela with traditional indoor games, mehndi, block-printing, calligraphy, food, an inspiring tabla performance by the children from the CSR program and demonstrations in flute and dance created a fun-filled ambience. Swami Tejomayananda felicitated each and every performing artist articulately.
Chinmaya Naada Bindu is a gurukul for performing arts situated at the foothills of the Sahyadri ranges in Kolwan, Maharashtra. It was inaugurated in September 2009 as an arts ashram. CNB has presented over 50 master artists and 30 youth artists through festivals and has had an audience reach of 24,000 people through workshops, dance and music intensives, performances and arts-outreach programs conducted by CNB directors Pramodini Rao, Himanshu Nanda and Ramaa Bharadvaj.