6th Naada Bindu Festival
Photos courtesy: Chinmaya Naada Bindu

April 10, 2016

The 6th Naada Bindu Festival (NBF), a residential 3-day performing arts retreat, was presented by Chinmaya Naada Bindu from February 12 - 14, 2016 at Chinmaya Vibhooti, Kolwan, Pune. Swami Tejomayananda, Global Head of Chinmaya Mission, inaugurated the festival and released the festival souvenir ‘Sannidhi’ conceptualized, designed and edited by Ramaa Bharadvaj, CNB Director-Dance. "Antarnaad", a new-age classical music CD with enchanting bansuri compositions by CNB Director-Music, Himanshu Nanda was also released by Guruji on this occasion.

The Naada Bindu Festival, attended by over 350 participants, had an impressive start with a soulful invocation by Aarti Sundaresan followed by a dynamic tabla performance by the students of the Chinmaya Social Responsibility programme by CNB. This was followed by an insightful discourse by Swami Tejomayananda on his composition “Rama Hare Stotram.”

Swami Tejomayananda

Ramaa Bharadvaj

Sundara Kandam by Bharathanjali

Pts Rajan - Sajan Misra

Kala Ramnath

Priya Sisters

Mythili Prakash

Pramodini Rao

Himanshu Nanda

Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan

The festival opened with ‘Sundara Kandam,’ a spectacular ‎Bharatanatyam dance drama‬ by Anitha Guha's Bharathanjali team followed by a soul-searching performance by Hindustani music legends Pts Rajan - Sajan Misra. Day 2 of the festival saw performances by the exceptional musicians of Yashila, led by acclaimed violinist Kala Ramnath; a Carnatic vocal concert by Shanmukhapriya and Haripriya, popularly known as Priya Sisters and “Sharanagati”, a theme based performance by Mythili Prakash, one of the leading young exponents of Bharatanatyam. Day 3 of the festival began with "Prema-Geetam", a soulful musical offering of ‎love by CNB director Pramodini Rao and team, on the occasion of Valentine’s Day. The 6th Naada Bindu Festival had a truly grand finale with the outstanding performance by sitar‬ maestro Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan. ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

The festival also included two enlightening art-talks. Himanshu Nanda presented ‘MQ 2 HQ’ (Musical Quotient to ‎Happiness‬ Quotient), a special module that highlights the role of music‬ as a tool to improve the efficiency and performance of an individual. Ramaa Bharadvaj gave a creative and engaging introduction to gestures and their application in ‎dance through ‘Finger Tales – Storytelling in Dance.’‬‬‬‬‬‬

The festival also featured a painting exhibition‬ by artists‬ Arun Raman and Malathy Rajan, live painting during the music ‎concerts‬ by artist Shireesh Kathale and a colorful Garba‬ night. Thus the 6th Naada Bindu Festival drew to a close with the artists, organisers, volunteers and audience working in unison to make it a memorable experience.‬‬‬‬