Yoga Vacation Program
March 15 — 18, 2023

Hindustani Classical Music and Dance Festival

Swapan Chaudhuri, Niharika Mohanty, Suhail Yusuf Khan, Rachna Bodas, and Nilan Chaudhuri

Music kindles love and infuses hope. It has countless voices and instruments. It elevates, inspires, strengthens, and invigorates… Music melts the hardest hearts… If at all there is anything in this world which can change the heart of a man in a very quick time, that is music and dance.
— Swami Sivananda, Bliss Divine

Join us for an uplifting and inspirational experience of classical Indian music and dance, as renowned masters come together to share with us their musical gifts and messages. This is a rare opportunity to listen to and watch masters of classical Indian music and dance, who have practiced all their life and obtained perfection, each on their own instrument.

Come be inspired by the unique sounds and rhythms of Indian music and experience music as a doorway to the harmony, love, and hope in our hearts.

Offered as 4 evening satsangs (subject to change).

Swapan Chaudhuri is considered one of the top masters of tabla in the world. He is the Director of Percussion at Ali Akbar College of Music in San Rafael, California. He developed his skill through years of accompanying Ali Akbar Khan and other leading musicians of India.

Niharika Mohanty, resides in the San Francisco Bay Area and is a leading Odissi dancer in the West as a prominent disciple of legendary Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra. Niharika was raised in Canada, but she took to Odissi dance at the tender age of five. Today, Niharika continues refining her dance under the two torch-bearers of Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra’s style – Guru Ratikant and Guru Sujata Mohapatra. Niharika also holds an MA in Dance and has received several grants and awards for training, performance, and choreography. Niharika has been honored in 2019 as a Mosaic Silicon Valley Fellow for commitment to artistic excellence and strengthening community through multicultural arts. She relishes working on cross-cultural collaborative projects.

Suhail Yusuf, a musician and academic, grew up in New Delhi. Continuing the family tradition, Suhail draws from a rich musical heritage as an eighth-generation sarangi player.
At the age of seven, Suhail started learning to play the sarangi under the tutelage of his Uncle and his Grandfather, in the ‘Guru-Shishya Parampara’ (the Traditional Indian Schooling method of imparting of knowledge from the Guru “teacher” to the Shishya “student’). Suhail gave his first live performance at the age of 11 and has extensively toured across South Asia, East Asia, the Middle-East, North and South Africa, Europe, the U.K., and the U.S.A.

Suhail is a multifaceted instrumentalist and vocalist and is also a composer and singer/songwriter. His versatility extends to varied genres of music, from Hindustani Classical Music to contemporary Rock Fusion, Jazz Fusion, World Music, Folk Music, and Experimental Music. The British Council, New Delhi, appointed Suhail Cultural Ambassador from India to the U.K. in 2013-2014. Suhail was awarded the M.A. in Music from Wesleyan University (USA) in 2018 and is currently completing a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology in this Music Department.

Rachna Bodas is an accomplished Hindustani Classical Vocalist endowed with a vibrant voice. Rachna was born in a family where music was always around. She displayed a keen interest in music as a child and was encouraged by her father Shri Ravi Shankar Shukla, an accomplished tabla player in Kanpur.

Her musical journey started under the guidance of the late Pt. Kashinath Shankar Bodas in 1992. She was introduced to the basics of gayaki and soulful bhajans from him. Later she learned the depth of Khyal Gayaki and art of performing from eminent vocalist Dr. Veena Sahasrabuddhe.

Rachna holds an academic degree in Music and English. Besides performing, Rachna also has a zeal to teach aspiring students interested in music.

Nilan Chaudhuri has spent his life steeped in the tradition of Indian Classical Music, performing his first solo at age 11. He has accompanied some of India’s most celebrated Indian classical musicians worldwide. Nilan continues to study and perform while teaching tabla throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

March 15

evening satsang
Odissi Dance Performance | Niharika Mohanty

March 16

evening satsang
Vocal Concert | Rachna Bodas and Nilan Chaudhuri

March 17

evening satsang
Sarangi Concert | Suhail Yusuf Khan and Nilan Chaudhuri

March 18

evening satsang
Tabla Concert | Swapan Chaudhuri and Suhail Yusuf Khan


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