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 for a cultural renaissance inspired Swami Tejomayananda to envisage Chinmaya Naada Bindu Gurukula (CNBG), a residential gurukula for Indian performing arts, which was inaugurated on 13th September 2009. In 2017, CNBG took on a new avatar – that of becoming a part of the newly formed Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth (CVV), Deemed-to-be-University. The main campus of CVV is the Chinmaya Eswar Gurukula (CEG) campus, in Veliyanad, Kochi. CNBG became CVV’s off-campus centre and was called the CNBG campus.
CNBG focuses on preserving, promoting and propagating performing arts through its numerous activities like music workshops, festivals, personalised courses and competitions. The School of Kalayoga of CVV, which operates from both, the CNBG and CEG campuses, offers degree and certificate programmes.
Dedicated to nurture and spread Indian performing arts, and also to propagate India’s Vedic heritage in the process, CNBG offers itself as a campus focussed on teaching performing arts in a gurukula environment. Students enrol in the UGC approved programmes of CVV and have the unique opportunity of learning traditional values in the gurukula while working towards a university degree in their chosen field of performing arts. This unique blend of gurukula and university teaching provides them with not only extensive knowledge and training in the subject but also equips them with the academic qualification needs of today.
Nestled inside the 70-acre precincts of Chinmaya Vibhooti, the vision centre of Chinmaya Mission, which is located at the foothills of the stately Sahyadri mountain range in the quiet village of Kolwan, near Pune, CNBG offers a serene setting for students, performers, artists and scholars from all over the world.
‘Swara to Ishwara’, ‘Nartan to Paramatman’ and ‘Geetam-Vadyam-Nrtyam to Satyam-Shivam-Sundaram’
‘Promoting the arts as a tool for self-discovery’ and ‘fostering Indian art forms through education, performance and research’.
• Foster 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.
• Provide an educational platform that brings together renowned artists, historians, students and the public.
• Combine the focussed approach of a gurukula with the methodical and documented approach of a modern university.
• Provide the opportunity to earn UGC recognised degrees in performing arts.
• Provide the opportunity to enrich the curriculum with minor courses in other disciplines.
• Offer a venue for performers, art directors, teachers and their students who wish to learn/work/rehearse in an uplifting environment, replete with state-of-the-art facilities (including Chilla facilities)
• Facilitate documentation, preservation and research through exemplary archival facilities.
• Create collaborative, global connections with the music and dance forms of other world cultures.
The campus offers programmes that are a result of the synergy between Music, Sanskrit and Ancient Indian Knowledge Traditions. The entire pedagogy is anchored in the guru-shishya parampara, providing ample opportunities for students to gain in-depth knowledge and experience through meaningful discussions, demonstrations and performances. Allied streams of knowledge are added to provide a variety of gainful avenues for students to complement their skills and increase employability.
• Undergraduate/Postgraduate Degree Programmes
Three-year undergraduate and two-year postgraduate degree programmes from Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth in Hindustani Vocal, Bansuri and Tabla, blending the best of gurukula mode of training with university education.
• Certificate Courses
These are designed to empower students with a holistic approach to music. Courses such as Entrepreneurship for Musicians, Sound Engineering, Music Production and Arrangement, Music Education etc. are offered.
• Personalised Courses
Gurukula-based courses for serious students of Indian classical music, tailor-made to suit the training level of the students and the time they have available.
• Residential Intensives
Seven to 21-day immersive workshops that cover the techniques and technicalities of Indian arts through daily personal training, practice sessions, lecture-demonstrations and performances.
o Summer Arts Intensive (May/June)
o Monsoon Arts Intensive (July/August)
o Winter Arts Intensive (November/December)
Residential and visiting faculty/artists help hone students’ performing skills through world-class training. For details, visit www.cvv.ac.in/faculty
The path ahead for graduates from the CNBG programmes –
• Develop into blossomed artists in the chosen art form and contribute to the growth of that art by performing and teaching.
• Equip themselves to engage in a variety of professions such as music production, art journalism, event management, stagecraft, teaching and so on.
• Gain in-depth knowledge in the chosen art form, leading to advanced training, to eventually become a torchbearer of that art form.
Life at CNBG: Equipped with state-of-the-art infrastructure, the campus has spacious classrooms, mini-theatres, a professional dance studio and a huge auditorium. It also provides comfortable, shared accommodation, in separate hostels, for boys and girls. The two majestic temples of Hanuman and Pranava Ganesh provide spaces for meditation and performances. Swanubhooti Vatika Enlightenment Park is another unparalleled experience available on the campus.
In addition to the numerous avenues of learning, CNBG also conducts a variety of performing art events to facilitate improved understanding of the arts, as a means to preserve and promote Indian classical art forms.
• Naada Bindu Festival (NBF)
Instituted in 2010, one of the most popular events of CNBG, attracting audiences from India and abroad, NBF is an annual residential music and dance festival that features:
o Diverse performances by leading Indian classical music and dance practitioners.
o Unique art festival experience in a peaceful and picturesque gurukula environment as against just another evening visit to a theatre.
o The opportunity to connect with the metaphysical and spiritual aspects of Indian classical art forms.
o Interactive workshops and art-talks by renowned performing artists.
• Music Appreciation Workshops
One or two-day workshops on bhajans, Hindustani classical music appreciation, music and wellness and so on, conducted at various locations on request, including by corporates.
• Music Concerts
Classical, light classical and devotional concerts upon request by various organisers
Guna Gaaun Main(G2M) – A global online bhajan competition
Chinmaya Social Responsibility (CSR) Programme at CNBG
The CSR programme is a rural community-based development initiative that provides free training in music, to children from the neighbouring villages. It aims at adding a valuable dimension to early development through stimulation of their inherent creative and artistic spirit. Over a hundred children across thirty villages benefit from this programme.
Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth seeks support from organisations and individuals who care about the cause of preserving and promoting Indian performing arts and supporting the empowerment of the underprivileged, through education.
• CNBG offers support to deserving full-time students through partial or full performance-based concession in fees charged.
• CNBG CSR offers free music education for local, village children, for which music teachers are hired. They are also provided empowering opportunities in the field.
Your contribution will go a long way in supporting and enriching the gurukula model of teaching at CNBG.
The CNBG campus is located at a distance of around 50 km from Pune Airport and 45 km from Pune Railway station. Shared public vehicles and buses are available for the students to reach the campus. Pune is well connected, via the national and state highways, to its neighbouring cities.
For further information contact:
Chinmaya Naada Bindu Gurukula campus
At Chinmaya Vibhooti, Post Kolwan, Taluka Mulshi, Dist. Pune – 412108
Phone: +91 77208 29000 | +91 77208 39000