Punekars can gear up for the three-day long Naad Bindu Festival which features classical music, dance and films. Pramodini Rao, director of the festival, says, “We planned the festival to promote and preserve Indian art and culture that need to be taken to the next generation.
Classical musician Pramodini Rao
Over the last three years, the festival has seen the presence of new age talent as well as maestros like Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasiya, Dr Prabha Atre and Pandit Shivkumar Sharma. Our objective is to give a spiritually uplifting experience to the visitors. Hence, we welcome visitors even if they are not actively associated with any dance or music form. They can also have formal and informal interactions with the legendary artistes participating in the fest.”
Flute player Himanshu Nanda
This year, the festival will include six performances featuring instrumental, vocal, and percussive music and dynamic dance creations. Also featured are two informative lecture-demonstrations on Kathak and Hindustani music and a special screening of the acclaimed documentary film on the Hindustani Classical vocalist Pandit DV Paluskar. A cultural fair is also part of the festival.
Bharatanatyam dancer Ramaa Bharadvaj
Some of the performers this year include Pandit Nayan Ghosh (sitar), Vidvan Neyveli Santhanangopalan (Carnatic vocal music), Pandit Venkatesh Kumar (Kirana and Gwalior Gharana), Nirupama and Rajendra (Kathak), Vidvan TH Subhash Chandran (multi percussionist) and Parshwanath Upadhye (Bharatnatyam).
Himanshu Nanda, spokesperson and director of the music wing, says, “You will be able to see many famous personalities on a single platform. We have visitors coming from the UK, Singapore, Kenya, Japan and the UAE for our event. But we also want large number of Indian populace to take part in the activities or at least get interested in knowing our own arts. This is one of the reasons why we created this festival.”
Ramaa Bharadvaj, Director-Dance at the festival, emphasises that every person has an artistic streak in themselves and attending such festivals offers insights on the same. “The Chinmaya Naada Bindu gurukul (who are organising the event) help learners to understand a dance form with different techniques and can be a starting point for those who want to learn an art form at any point of their life,” concludes Bharadvaj.
From: May 23 to May 25
At: Chinmaya Vibhooti, Kolwan, Mulshi.