Art of Living to Host Symphony of 4000 Flutes

Posted on: Thursday, January 8, 2015

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The banks of the holy Godavari flowing through the historical city of Nashik will be silent witness to a unique symphony - titled “VenuNaad” - of 4000 flutists, simultaneously performing on a gigantic 30,000 sq.ft. stage on 12th January, 2015.

The artistes, drawn from every age-group, and every segment of society, will perform under the guiding baton of renowned flutist, Pt. Ronu Mazumdar, while the revered exponent of the instrument, Shri Hariprasad Chaurasia, will be the guest of honour. The symphony is one of two major events to mark the two-day visit of The Art of Living founder, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, to Maharashtra.

VenuNaad, organized by The Art of Living as part of its sustained initiatives to re-vitalise the ancient musical and dance traditions of India, will reinforce the power of music to spread peace and bring unity. The event is expected to draw an audience of 5 lakhs, and will be webcast to over 75 countries.

Says Sri Sri, “Spirituality and music together can uplift people, get them out of depression and help them start a new life with enthusiasm. For a stress-free life, you have to embrace both these facets (spirituality and music).”

VenuNaad is the latest in a symphony-series hosted by The Art of Living. The organization has always recognized music as a profound means of experiencing harmony with oneself and has organized many events of music and dance. Coming from different religions, castes and sections of society, artistes have performed together in previous concerts like:
  • Naadha Vaibhavam - 5,000 Carnatic musicians performing in unison in Chennai.

  • Antarnaad - 2,750 Hindustani classical vocalists in an enchanting spectacle in Pune.

  • Brahm Naad- 1,094 sitar artistes from across the country in New Delhi.

  • Silver Jubilee celebrations of the Art of Living - 3,500 musicians performing together for the first time in Bangalore.
During his tour, Sri Sri will also lead a global meditation event - “We Chant with Sri Sri”. Organised by The Art of Living, the event which, will be held on Jan 11, will create a wave of peace across the world, with Mumbai as its epicentre. Led by the spiritual leader, about 3 million people will join in and chant to create positive vibrations in the environment.

Source: Orissa Diary

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