Chinmaya Naada Bindu
Unhook your mind from the outer world. Bring your entire personality, for what it is worth, to melt into the rhythm of the classical dancer’s movements. Allow her to lift you in an adventurous flight, into realms unknown, where you can live directly the bliss Supreme.
Swami Chinmayananda’s love for the arts, and his vision of a cultural renaissance, inspired Swami Tejomayananda to envisage Chinmaya Naada Bindu (CNB), a residential Gurukul for Indian Performing Arts which was inaugurated on September 13, 2009. Situated in Kolwan, near Pune, with a mighty backdrop of the Sahyadri mountain ranges, Chinmaya Naada Bindu offers a welcome setting for students, practitioners, artists and scholars from all over the world. The main art forms presently taught are Hindustani Vocal, Hindustani Flute, Bharatanatyam and Tabla. Vision : To develop the art of music and dance as a means of inner purification and self-realisation and to create artists and art-lovers who will be ambassadors of universal love, peace and harmony. Fostering artistic excellence • Nurturing the spiritual • Creating global connections Motto : Swara to Ishwara, ‘Nartan to Paramatman’ and ‘Geetam-Vadyam-Nrtyam to Satyam-Shivam-Sundaram’. CNB is dedicated to nurture and spread Indian performing arts and also propagate India’s Vedic heritage in the process. Arts are promoted as a vehicle with which to journey within, in search of the divinity that lies at the core of one’s being. The Gurukul atmosphere gives students the spiritual environment for this learning.
Cultivate excellence in the learning, practice, creation, and appreciation of the classical performing arts of India
• Nurture and promote spiritual exploration through music, dance and allied arts of India
• Facilitate documentation, preservation and research through exemplary archive facilities
• Provide an educational platform that brings together renowned practitioners, historians, students and the public
• Offer a venue for performers, artistic directors, teachers & their students who wish to learn/work/rehearse in an uplifting environment replete with state-of-the-art facilities
• Create collaborative, global connections with the music and dance forms of other world cultures
CNB presently offers long-term and short-term study options in Hindustani Vocal, Flute, Tabla and Bharatanatyam. There are also online study options in Hindustani Vocal and Flute for earnest students who are unable to spend time at the Gurukul. In addition, a series of intensive workshops (from May to November) provide course modules on music and dance. Sessions in pranayama, meditation, chanting, spiritual talks, introductory Sanskrit, performances and lecture demonstrations by guest artists are also included. CNB also conducts various residential and non-residential workshops all over India.
Faculty Residential and visiting artists help hone students’ performing skills through world-class training. Being a professional Performing Arts project of the Central Chinmaya Mission Trust, organising Performing Arts Festivals, which include educational lecture-demonstrations and spiritual discourses, are an integral activity of the Gurukul.
The Naada Bindu Festival for the Arts (NBFA) is an annual performing arts festival that features world-renowned artists of classical music and dance.
Started in April 2011, Kalaateet Music Festival is an annual feature (in Mumbai), providing a platform for promising young talent in the field of Indian classical music. The vision behind this festival is to expose the younger generation to traditional forms of music and encourage them to pursue the arts as a profession.
Music and Dance Appreciation Workshops
• Musical Quotient to Happiness Quotient (MQ2HQ)
Through audio-visual presentations and interactive sessions, these workshops explore how music can be used to improve the efficiency and performance of an individual, as well as contribute to his holistic growth.
This is a participatory movement play-shop for teachers and students. It uses out-of-the-box explorative movements and exercises that integrate improvised and structured dance concepts with educational concepts driven by brain research data. It emphasizes the cultural and spiritual significance of dance in the Indian context.
• Open your Eyes to the Sound of Music • Dancing Voices, Singing Bells
Since its conception, Chinmaya Naada Bindu has played host to five performing arts festivals, presenting about 80 artists including some world-renowned artists, and has reached an audience of around 25,000 through festivals, workshops and performances.
“A sense of satisfaction fills one’s heart when one works in the field that one likes best. All members of CNB are doing what they know best, and that brings about the difference in results. CNB is growing from being a small sapling to becoming a strong tree that gives of itself for the benefit of others.”
– Pramodini Rao, Resident Director, Chinmaya Naada Bindu
CNB’s Chinmaya Social Responsibility Programme
In synchrony with the Chinmaya Mission ideal of ‘giving more than what we take’, CNB has initiated a Social Responsibility Programme, a community-based development approach through which children from the neighbouring villages are provided free training in music.
The CNB student scholarship fund supports deserving full-time students through partial or full performance-based scholarships.
Chinmaya Naada Bindu,
At Post Kolwan,
Taluka Mulashi, District Pune,
Maharashtra 412 108
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Phone: +91 96898 89153