5th Naada Bindu Festival: A luxurious affair of music and dance

Classical music is classic. It never dies. – Mangalampalli Balamuralikrishna

With Bollywood swamping us with vacuous item numbers on daaru and iodex balms, it’s rare that we come across music that truly touches our soul. However, this summer here’s your chance to bask in the soulful rendering of the raagas. Reconnect with the true essence of music at the 5th Naada Bindu Festival. The festival is an annual celebration of Indian music and dance organized by Chinmaya Naada Bindu.

What is 5th Naada Bindu Festival?
Located at the idyllic foothills of the Sahyadri mountain range, Chinmaya Naada Bindu provides an ideal environment for artistic adventures. Every year, CNB hosts performing arts festivals to propagate the rich Indian culture and art. Sounds perfect, doesn’t it? A delightful melting pot of art and culture. The festival will present a spellbinding blend of three generations music and dance by path-breaking artists.


Get ready to amaze your senses, at the pristine gurukul of Chinmaya Naada Bindu in the village of Kolwan near Pune. The festival will be held at Chinmaya Vibhooti, the picturesque 65-acre ashram-campus. The venue has a 1008-capacity auditorium, multi-purpose seminar halls, two serene temples and comfortable accommodation facilities.


The festival is a refreshing getaway from the humdrum of the city life. Enjoy mesmerizing melodies as musical stalwarts perform live. But that’s not all, the festival also includes lecture demonstrations, workshops, cultural activities and spiritual discourses. 5th Naada Bindu Festival is a joyful celebration of arts, music and culture. Plus, garba night! Do you seriously need another reason?


Prepare yourself for an extraordinary experience of music and dance. The festival has a lot in store for you. Here’s a glimpse of the line-up:

Pujya Swami Tejomayananda – Satsang
The festival will open on May 29th with a discourse by Pujya Swami Tejomayananda, the Global Head of Chinmaya Mission.

Vidha and Abhimanyu Lal – Kathak
Witness the power of dance as a troop of dancers presents a Kathak story – Colors of Fire. Choreographed by Vidha and Abhimanyu Lal, Colors of Fire explores the moods and meanings of the myriad hues of fire.

Vidushi Malini Rajurkar – Hindustani Vocal
Enjoy a mellifluous performance by Vidhushi Malini Rajurkar, a classical singer of Gwalior Gharana. She has been honored with the prestigious Sangeet Natak Akademi Award.

Vidushi Dr. Jayanthi Kumaresh – Veena
Abandon yourself to the mellow music of the Veena. Watch Dr. Jayanthi Kumaresh as she creates mesmerizing melodies.

Padma Bhushan Begum Parween Sultana – Hindustani Vocal
Trained in the Patiala Gharana, Parween Sultana has charmed many with her powerful voice. Whether it is a slow moving Alaap or the swift racing Taans, she will leave you bewitched.

Vidwan Abhishek Raghuram – Carnatic Vocal
Abhishek Raghuram hails from a family of legendary musicians. He is the recipient of the Sangeet Natak Akademi’s Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar 2013.

Padma Vibhushan Pandit Shivkumar Sharma – Santoor
Indulge your craving for soulful music by the undisputed Master of Indian Santoor- Pt. Shivkumar Sharma.


The festival starts on 29th of May till 31st May, 2015.

Experience the celebration of driving rhythm of dance and music at the 5th Naada Bindu Festival. Don’t miss it.

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1 Comment

  1. Uma

    May 15, 2015 at 8:56 pm

    The writer has captured the magnificent nature of the classical arts in general, and of CNB in particular with this write up.As a classical vocalist and a music and balavihar teacher myself,I have my ear to the ground about the classical arts scene.My own listening tastes have matured and evolved over the years to the point that I am not looking only for speed or a scintillating voice or voice range.
    The one “discordant” note,was the very first line referring to Bollywood numbers that could come across as condescending.In an age when any lover of the classical arts wants to preserve them and pass them on to posterity,such a comment may leave a person, who enjoys the kind of music referred to disparagingly,feeling alienated.I have met CNB artists in NJ last fall and I feel like the vision is all inclusive and that is why I am writing this remark.
    Hari Om

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