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Hindustani Vocal Concert by Vidushi Bharathi Pratap, accompanied by Pandit Mir Naqibul Islam on Tabla and Master Anish Dharam on Harmonium.

Event Date 09-15-2019 4:00 pm
Event End Date 09-15-2019 6:30 pm

Event Date 09-14-2019 3:30 pm
Event End Date 09-14-2019 6:00 pm
Individual Price $20.00

This card is valid for all of 2019. 

Event Date 08-01-2019 12:00 am
Event End Date 12-31-2019 12:00 am
Individual Price $250.00


This is a unique event with concurrent presenters from India and US.  

The Kailasanatha temple of Kanchipuram is not only an expression of the devotion of its creator, the Pallava king Rajasimha, but also a gallery of unique architecture, astounding sculptures, elegant paintings and calligraphic inscriptions.

From a remote location, Mr Gopu  will present an overview of the temple, with a special emphasis on these Natya sculptures; Depicting Siva in various forms, especially as an unparalleled collection of dancing and musical postures, featuring a wide variety mudras and bhavas described by Bharata in his Natya Shastra.

Live Musicians will accompany dance performance by the students of Guru Ramya Ramnarayan.


Event Date 07-27-2019 11:00 am
Event End Date 07-27-2019 2:00 pm



Sumitra Guha brings to music a rare stream of singing that make he listeners aspire for a better quality of life. Her concerts are counted as 'experiences' that bear the stamp of exclusive musical devotion.

Her first tutor was her mother, who imbued music with a spiritual fervor. At the age of 11, she began her formal education in Carnatic Music under the acclaimed S. R. Janakiraman (Sangeetha Vidwan). After completing her pre-university course, Sumitraji went to Viswa Bharati University in Shantiniketan to do her graduation in Philosophy. It is here that she found herself getting drawn to Hindustani music.

In 1964, Sumitraji started learning Hindustani Classical music under none other than Pt. A. Kanan and Vidushi Malobika Kanan. She is basically from Kirana Gharana. She assimilated both their styles in her music, and later received instruction from Pt.Sushil Kumar Bose, the accomplished disciple of Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan. She thus became the first Andhra woman musician to sing Hindustani Classical.

She sings Annamacharya kirtanas and Maharaja Swathi Thirunal compositions in Hindustani Style and Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthanam has recorded her Annamayya Sankirtanas in 1986.

Event Date 06-29-2019 3:00 pm
Event End Date 06-29-2019 6:00 pm
Individual Price $25.00

Event Date 06-22-2019 4:00 pm
Event End Date 06-22-2019 6:00 pm

Event Date 06-15-2019 3:00 pm
Event End Date 06-15-2019 6:00 pm
Individual Price $15.00

Event Date 06-01-2019 3:30 pm
Event End Date 06-01-2019 6:00 pm


Please note that due to unforeseen reasons, the event is rescheduled.  Please await for further details with new dates.  Thanks

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Event Date 05-12-2019 2:00 am
Event End Date 05-12-2019 5:30 pm

Amrutha Venkatesh is making a mark as a musician who blends tradition with innovation. She is currently under the tutelage of Prince Sri Rama Varma and Smt Parassala B.Ponnammal. Before this she learnt from Sri M.T.Selvanarayana and Smt Charumathi Ramachandran.  She is an A Graded artiste of All India Radio and Doordarshan.

A recepient of many accolades and awards.She was the second ever lady artiste to perform at the hallowed Navarathri Mandapam at Thiruvananthapuram , Kerala. She was given the 'Outstanding Vocalist ' Prize by the Madras Music Academy for five consecutive years ,from 2013 to 2017.

Event Date 05-05-2019 3:30 pm
Event End Date 05-05-2019 6:30 pm
Individual Price $20.00

Chinmaya Vrindavan presents  

Serenity of Strings, a Santoor recital by Padmashri Pandit Satish Vyas.  World renowned Santoor Maestro will be accompanied by Pandit Mukund Deo on Tabla.

Pandit Satish Vyas is a deciple of legendary Santoor Maestro Padma Vibhushan Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma and is son of Padma Bhushan Late Pandit C. R. Vyas, one of the most respected vocalist in Indian music scene.

Come and join us in enjoying Serenity of Strings in a divine atmosphere at the ashram.

Event is co-sponsored by Madhyam, U.S. A.

Event Date 05-04-2019 3:30 pm
Event End Date 05-04-2019 6:30 pm
Individual Price $20.00

Santoor Concert by Padmashri Pt. Satish Vyas

Event Date 05-04-2019 3:30 pm
Event End Date 05-04-2019 6:30 pm

Smt. Srivani Yella is a renowned Veena artist - a Grade A artist of the All India Radio; She is a faculty at the Sri Venkateswara University, and serves as the Head of the Department in S.V.College of Music & Dance established by the Tirupathi Tirumala Devasthanams in Tirupati, AP


Event Date 04-27-2019 3:00 pm
Event End Date 04-27-2019 6:00 pm
Individual Price $20.00

Padmini Rao studied under Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar, the Dhrupad and Rudra veena maestro. She received her master's degree in music from SNDT University in Mumbai, India, under the guidance of Padma Bhushan, Dr. Prabha Atre. Padmini has been Dr. Atre's student for over 20 years. Her music is thus a blend of two of India's most enchanting musical streams: the dhrupad and the khayal.

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Event Date 04-20-2019 3:30 pm
Event End Date 04-20-2019 6:30 pm
Cut off date 04-20-2019 12:00 am
Individual Price $20.00

Event Date 04-06-2019 3:30 pm
Event End Date 04-06-2019 6:00 pm
Individual Price $20.00

Pandita Shubhada Paradkar is now quite well known to the music lovers throughout the country and abroad also.

Both the critics and the "Rasiks" remember her for "Aggressive Gayaki" and proficiency in the "Layakari" which is rarely seen in the female vocalists today.

Shubhadaji will be accompanied by Dr. Kedar Naphade on Harmonium and Suryaksha Deshpande on Tabla.

Event Date 03-16-2019 3:30 pm
Event End Date 03-16-2019 6:30 pm
Individual Price $20.00

Brihadeeswara – form to formless takes the audience on a journey into the soul and mind of a Devaradiyaal, Based on the guidance of renowned scholar Dr. T.N Ramachandran and historian Dr. Kodavayil Balasubramanian and  Dr BM Sundaram, this production celebrates the intertwining of the spatial and spiritual vibrations experienced by the Devaradiyaal, as she goes about her day to day life in the hallowed architectural wonder the Brihadeeswara temple. This presentation  is based on the 1000 year old Brihadeeswara temple in Thanjavur. This production was presented at the  UNESCO head office in Paris as a part of the heritage celebrations.



Bala Devi Chandrashekar is a Bharatanatyam exponent, research scholar, and a passionate committed teacher of Bharatanatyam. Bala is know for her distinct scholarly style and takes on subjects based on ancient texts, backed by intense research, collaborates with renowned scholars in the respective fields, carving messages from scriptures relevant to the contemporary world and actively presenting across the world. Bala Devi's lineage is from a family of philosophers and literary scholars. Bala through her classical dance strives to interpret ancient philosophical and spiritual concepts and presents in a classicism that is always contemporary in interpretation and communicates across cultures, All her production are accompanied by world class music. Born in Vijayawada and very keen in dance from an early age, Bala Devi started her initial training under Guru Jayalakshmi Narayanan in Hyderabad and then went onto learn with Dr Padma Subrahmanyam in Chennai. Dr Padma Subrahmanyam has awarded the titles " Bharata Nrtya Seva Mani" and " Nrtyasali- completed course in 108  Karanas" to Bala Devi Chandrashekar. Extremely passionate about teaching, and as a Professor of Practice & as the Artistic Director of SPNAPA Academy of Performing Arts, Princeton, New Jersey, she imparts valuable knowledge to her many dedicated students. Bala constantly works on developing and perfecting the style that would be seamless and fluid while yet retaining the precision, power and purity of line - typical of classical dance.

As a Professor of Practice, Bala is constantly developing “Performing studies” in collaboration with Theater and Dance, History, Philosophy, Linguistic anthropology and South Asian Departments of various Universities in the United States and served as Fellow and Artist in Residence at The Carl A fields Center@Princeton University. Bala is one of the few Bharatanatyam artist worldwide to have released eight critically acclaimed dance production based on her extensive research. They are Nandanar Charithram, MLV favorites, Krishna Arpanam, Uddhava Gita - Lord Krishna's last message, Vishwam - The Omnipresent, Tripura - Divine Feminine, Karna - Destiny's Child, Brihadeeswara - Form to formless through the eyes of a Devaradiyal. All of these works are accompanied by world class music and have been produced in digital format.Over the last 25 years, Bala Devi have given over 500 performances across 30 countries.  Bala Devi Chandrashekar is a ICCR approved artist and approved by the Ministry of Culture Govt. of India for overseas festivals. 

Event Date 03-02-2019 4:00 pm
Event End Date 03-02-2019 6:00 pm
Individual Price $20.00

Chinmaya Kalaarangam is a platform to showcase Bala Vihar children's talents in the field of Indian classical arts. So many of our children have been learning these arts, and show incredible interest. This is an opportunity for them to perform on stage and grow their skills. As Chinmaya community, we should encourage these children, and hope that this performance opportunity will inspire them to continue to learn and perform.

Feel free to register for more than one performance!
Entry Conditions
1. You should be a current Bala Vihar Students in NJ, PA or NY area
2. You should be learning Indian classical music or dance currently
3. There is a registration fee of $15 per entry.

Event Details:
Saturday Feb 16th 2019
at Chinmaya Vrindavan Ashram
from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM


Link for registering Balavihar kids to perform:


Confirmation email for registered kids (on a first come first served basis) will be sent during the third week of Sep, 2018.

Also, all are invited and there is no entry fee for audience.

Event Date 02-16-2019 1:00 pm
Event End Date 02-16-2019 6:00 pm

Hindustani Classical Vocal concert featuring Samarth Nagarkar (Vocal), Kedar Naphade (Harmonium) and Girish Nalawade (Tabla). 

Samarth Nagarkar is a Hindustani classical vocalist, known for his captivating performances and a traditionally rich music. Samarth features in several prominent music festivals and venues in India and the US. He has two albums titled ‘Pravah’ and ‘Pranali’ and a book, ‘Raga Sangeet’ to his credit. Samarth is Guru and Director of Acedemic Affairs at Chhandayan Center of Indian Music in New York and also frequently presents lectures and conducts lectures master-classes at schools/universities like MSM and NYU.

Trained under two of India’s most respected gurus and performers, Ulhas Kashalkar and Dinkar Kaikini, he is a former scholar of the ITC Sangeet Research Academy, Kolkata. Samarth was awarded a Fellowship by the Department of Culture, Government of India and was one of the youngest musicians to be adjudged winner of the prestigious All India Radio National Competitions at 19 years. Pursuing a full-fledged career as a performer, composer, teacher and author, Samarth is described by critics as one of today’s most prolific performers and an able torchbearer to the traditions he represents.

Event Date 02-09-2019 3:30 pm
Event End Date 02-09-2019 6:30 pm
Individual Price $20.00


Hindustani Classical vocal Concert 


Samarth Nagarkar

Dr. Kedar Naphade (Harmonium)

Dibyarka Chatterjee (Tabla)


Saturday, February 2nd,   3.30 pm 

Chinmaya Vrindavan

95 Cranbury Neck Road, Cranbury, NJ 08512

Admission :  Advance online purchase  $20

Event Date 02-09-2019 3:30 pm
Event End Date 02-09-2019 6:30 pm
Cut off date 02-09-2019 4:00 pm
Individual Price $20.00