An event by The Art of Living and Ranjini Kalakendra
Bangalore. March 19,2012: The Art of Living and Ranjini Kalakendra will host a historic event, titled Sahasra Veena Jhenkara, which will showcase 1008 Veena artistes on one platform in a first-of-its-kind concert. Scheduled to be held at Palace Grounds, Bengaluru on March 28, 2012, the concert will take place in the presence of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, spiritual leader, humanitarian and founder of The Art of Living.
Speaking about the event Dr. Suparna Ravishanakar, Secretary, Ranjini Kalakendra and Ph.D. in Music said, “The inspiration behind this idea was the Art of Living Brahm Naad event that took place in 2008 and brought 1094 Sitarists on one platform for the first time in the world. It led me to realize that we need to create forums that will not only uplift practitioners of the ancient arts but will also enhance exposure and awareness of Indian classical music.”
The initiative will showcase Veena exponents from Bangalore, Mangalore, Udupi, Mysore, Kollegala, Mandya, Tumkur, Chitradurga, Shimoga, among others and will include performances by Senior Vainikas Veena Gurus with their disciples who will play together in this historic event.
”The purpose of music is to create silence deep within you and the purpose of silence is to create dynamism in life. This concert is a musical Yagna where hundreds have joined together to create that silence and bring that dynamism in life.” Said Shri Ravindra Prasand, Art of Living spokesperson.
The music for this 1008-piece veena orchestra is based on ancient ragas Hamsadwani, Sriraga, Mohana, Mayamalavagowla, Brindavani, Kapi, Dhanashree (Thillana), Yaman and will also showcase a special composition of fusion music in Raga Malika.
The Art of Living 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, artists have performed together in previous concerts like:
• Naadha Vaibhavam – 5,000 Carnatic muscisians 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.