Noted vainika Jayanthi Kumaresh speaks to Twaang about her experiences performing for the first time at the Naada Bindu Festival, by Chinmaya Naada Bindu, which is a residential gurukul for Indian performing arts in Pune. Each year, the gurukul holds a 3-day residential arts retreat programme. In its fifth edition, the festival encompasses performances, interactions, lecture-demonstrations, and other cultural activities.
#Chinmaya Naada Bindu- “ The environment at Chinmaya Vibhooti is ideal for any artist to feel inspired to create, compose and share. The freshness of the air, the affection of all the volunteers, the divinity of the ambience, the enthusiasm of all the people who came to the retreat, and even the blazing sun had a sense of anticipation, which reflected in each artist’s performance. It was truly an inspiring moment to perform at Chinmaya Vibooti with the blessings of Pujya Gurudev.”
#Guru Shishya Parampara- “Gurukulam is one of the oldest and most efficient ways of passing on knowledge from the guru to the sishya. The single-minded focus you have while staying with your guru, as opposed to an hour’s class once a week, is a sure path to learning the arts in depth. Staying with your guru gives you so much of the ethos that it takes to create the art form.”
#The 5th Naada Bindu Festival- “It was wonderful to see such a large-scale festival run so smooth – adhering to time, ensuring the comfort of both the artist and the rasika, with an excellent sound system and a wonderful auditorium. The positive vibes from the audience which comprised rasikas, acharyas, bramhacharis and people who had come from far and wide to attend the retreat made it an unforgettable experience.”
#Moments- “I woke up listening to the voice practice of the nightingale Begum Parveen Sultana, who was in the cottage to my right. And on my left was none other than Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharmaji. It felt truly amazing to live for two days amidst the santoor and the nightingale. And the spiritual energies emanating from the Ganesh and Hanuman temple at Chinmaya Vibhooti was something to remember. The mystic southern string instrument of none other than Goddess Saraswathi herself seemed at home surrounded by the aura of Pujya Gurudev.”
Pic Courtesy- http://chinmayanaadabindu.org/