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Yoga Vacation Program
March 6 — 9, 2025

Hindustani Classical Music and Dance Festival

Krishna Mohan Bhatt, Swapan Chaudhuri, Pooja Goswami Pavan, Farah Yasmeen Shaikh, and Kedar Naphade

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 satsangs and 3 workshops (subject to change).

The presentations associated with this Yoga Vacation Program begin with an 8pm satsang on the first day of the program and conclude with an 8pm satsang on the last day of the program.  Click here to read more about the Yoga Vacation Program details and view the ashram schedule for yoga classes and meals during your stay. We suggest you arrive at least one day prior to the start of your program for the optimal experience.

Krishna Mohan Bhatt is one of the pre-eminent sitar virtuosos of our time. He represents Maihar-Senia Gharana of Ustad Allauddin Khan, and is himself a disciple of Bharat Ratna, late Pandit Ravi Shankar. Krishna Bhatt’s innovative style of music combines a rich blend of vocal and instrumental techniques.

Krishna Bhatt has been critically acclaimed, by the New York Times, as having music of “extraordinary richness and definition…great melodic beauty,” by the San Francisco Chronicle for having “Exceptional craftsmanship and artistry,” by Folk Roots in England as having “the most dreamily romantic music,” and by the Ahmedabad Mirror as having “profound emotional impact.”

Krishna Bhatt has also been the recipient of numerous awards and honors including Gunijan (a noble learned citizen) award by the then President of India Mrs. Pratibha Patil in 2005. In 2020, Krishna Bhatt was awarded the prestigious Sawai Jaipur Award for his contribution to the arts in the state of Rajasthan. In 2018, his book on Mand, the court singing of Rajasthan was launched at the Jaipur International Literature festival.

 

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.

Dr. Pooja Goswami Pavan is a Hindustani classical vocalist, composer, teacher and scholar. Growing up in an environment of music and theater, she developed a deep interest in composing music to verses in Hindi and Urdu. The versatility in Pooja’s repertoire is evident in her ability to sing Thumri, Dadra, Ghazal, Bhajan, Sufiana Kalam and folk genres such as the Hori, Chaiti & Kajri besides the Khayal. Pooja was trained in Hindustani music by Pandit Surendra Goswami, Professor Ajit Singh Paintal and continues her advanced training in Khayal with her brother Professor Shailendra Goswami. She has also been trained in semi-classical music by the eminent vocalist Vidushi Shanti Hiranand. Pooja received a Ph.D. in Indian Classical Music from the University of Delhi.

Farah Yasmeen Shaikh is an international Kathak artist, and Founder and Artistic Director of Noorani Dance. Trained for two decades by world renowned master, the late Pandit Chitresh Das, Farah is known for her powerful and evocative storytelling, technical precision, delicacy and grace. Farah performs traditional and innovative works, most notably, a solo dynamic dance drama, The Forgotten Empress, focused on the life of Mughal Empress Noor Jahan, and her newest work The Partition Project based on the 1947 India-Pakistan Partition, is a performance of dance, theater, music and multimedia inspired by true lived experiences of this pivotal time in South Asian history. As an instructor, Farah trains students of all ages in the San Francisco Bay Area, and also works extensively in Pakistan, performing and teaching regularly at prestigious venues and institutions throughout the country.

Kedar Naphade is a leading concert Harmonium soloist, accompanist, and educator specializingin Indian Classical, Semi-Classical, Devotional, Ghazal and Folk Music.. Over a performance career spanning more than 30 years, Kedar has been featured as a soloist
and accompanist at numerous concerts in India, US, Canada and Europe. This includes
prestigious venues such as The Carnegie Hall (NY), The Metropolitan Museum of Art (NY), The Lincoln Center(NY), The Smithsonian Institute (Washington D.C.), The California Theater (San Jose,CA) Dadar Matunga Cultural Center (Mumbai), Alladiya Khan Smruti Samaroha (Mumbai) and The World Harmonium Summit (Bangalore).

He has also performed at numerous devotional and spiritual concerts at Ashrams and events like Sivananda Ashram, NY, Arsha Vidya Gurukulam, PA, Chinmay Naad Bindu festival in CA, Anand Ashram, NY, Arsha Bodha center, NJ and “I meditate NY” with Chandrika Tandon and Sri Sri Ravishankar at Lincoln Center, New York.

Kedar’s music has been broadcast on National Public Radio in the US and several other
radio stations in the US and UK.

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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