Yoga Vacation Program
March 18 — 20, 2024

Hindustani Classical Music and Dance Festival

Shambhavi Dandekar, Kunal Gunjal, Sanhita Nandi, and Vishal Nagar

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 3 evening satsangs (subject to change).

Shambhavi Dandekar is an Indian classical Kathak dancer who has performed throughout the world to wide acclaim. Her foundational training was with her mother as well as Guru Maneesha Sathé, and tabla virtuoso Taalyogi Pandit Suresh Talwalkar. She holds degrees in dance, French, and Sanskrit and brings a modern vision to traditional Kathak dance. Shambhavi is the founder and teacher-trainer for Shambhavis International School of Kathak, with five branches in India and the US, and offers workshops and master classes worldwide.

Kunal Gunjal is an award-winning Santoor artist and a disciple of Pt. Shivkumar Sharma whom he has performed with onstage. He has also performed in various prestigious music festivals and conferences such at the Pune Festival, the 17th Devnandan Ubhyakar Yuva Sangeet Utsav Festival organized by MUSIC TODAY, the National Center for the Performing Arts (NCPA), and the Gunidas Sangeet Samelan where he opened the festival for Ustad. Zakir Hussian.

Kunal has many accolades to his honor including the Dr.Vasantrao Deshpande Yuva Kalakar Puraskar and was also awarded at Vedic Heritage (NY, USA) by Sangeet Martand Pandit Jasraj. He is also a recipient of the National Scholarship, awarded by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India and the Sawai Gandharva Scholarship. Kunal has produced an album which features Santoor with Western film score music for the first time ever, which won the Global Music Award in “World Music” in 2019 and was considered for the 2019 Grammy Awards in the “New Age Music” category. This album has also been nominated for the Hollywood Music in Media Awards in 2019. Kunal is a long time member of the prestigious Recording Academy which organizes the Grammy Awards.

Sanhita Nandi is a highly-acclaimed performer, bringing forth a unique and compelling sound that blends traditional values with her own soulful melodies. She has toured extensively throughout India, North America, and Europe. Her debut song in the film Salt Bridge was shortlisted in the original song category for the 88th Oscar Academy Awards. She has also been featured in Indian National Television and All India Radio External Services.

Vishal Nagar truly is one of the most gifted Tabla musicians of his generation. Rhythmic creativity and a strong emotional connection with his music contribute to Vishal’s admiration as a performer among dancers, vocalists, and instrumentalists alike. Also a dynamic soloist, he has been one of the youngest Indian musicians to perform at the WOMAD music festival, World Rhythm Festival, and Bumbershoot to mention a few. Son of the renowned Kathak danseuse and vocalist Vidushi Urmila Nagar, Vishal was trained under his mother, the late Ustad Latif Khan, and Ustad Shamim Ahmed Khan. A vibrant performer, Vishal is also a highly sought after and dedicated educator based out of New Delhi and San Francisco Bay Area who continues to perform and teach in India, the US, and abroad while serving as an ambassador of Tabla.

March 18

evening satsang
Kathak Dance Performance | Shambhavi Dandekar

March 19

evening satsang
Santoor Concert | Kunal Gunjal and Vishal Nagar

March 20

evening satsang
Vocal Concert | Sanhita Nandi and Vishal Nagar



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