IMPORTANT INFORMATION TO ALL OUR VISITORS

• Limited roadside paid parking (Mon - Fri) • Free off street parking (Sat & Sun)

• West Kensington (District Line): 3 min walk • Barons Court (District & Piccadilly): 7 min walk
• Buses: 28 & 306 stop 3 mins away (North End Road)

JUNE 2024

SANSKRIT IN ARTS – AADYA POOJYA

Fri 28 June | 6.30pm – 8.30pm | £10/£8 | Snacks available

For centuries, Sanskrit and its study had attracted keen global interest and attention from scholars, historians, performing artists, philologists and institutions alike. Several Sanskrit texts authored in various disciplines have been of utmost value to the world. 

Aadya Pūjya highlights unique cultural expressions in Sanskrit, the Mother of languages. As the world's first, a captivating 700- year old story from Mudagala Purana is showcased.  Do not miss the enriching experience, and the blissful music & dance!

Organised by Sanskruti Centre for cultural excellence in association with and on behalf of Central Sanskrit University, India. The event will be in Sanskrit & English.
For further information, contact 07983988933

TAGORE & BEYOND BY SOUNAK AND SASHA 

Sun 30 June | 4.30pm - 7.30pm |  /£22/£20/£18 | Snacks available to buy during interval
FOR TICKETS 
CONTACT: Manoshi Barua on 07754889469 AND Jayanta Ray on 07776164973

A unique, creative and pathbreaking presentation showcasing the rich traditional Indian classical and folk music influences on Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore, as well as the significant impact of his rich legacy on other renowned music composers and on the music of Bollywood films. Curated in English, this multilingual production will feature Bengali, Hindi and English music - presented by two of the foremost vocal maestros of today's generation: Sounak Chattopadhyay and Sasha Ghoshal, who will be performing solely with each other on the London stage for the first time. Conceived and presented by Sounak and Sasha.

FOR TICKETS CONTACT: Manoshi Barua on 07754889469 AND Jayanta Ray on 07776164973

SUMMER SCHOOL 2024

THE UK'S MOST SOUGHT AFTER SUMMER INTENSIVE IN INDIAN CLASSICAL ARTS 

Sun 21 JULY - Sun 11 AUGUST
Registrations - Sat 20 July | 1.30 pm - 4.30 pm

JULY 2024

Verses & Melodies - Andaaz... Ik Kahani Ka..

Fri 5 July | 7pm - 9pm |  Free entry

An intimate literary music concert capturing hearts and minds at The Bhavan, London, harbouring passionate bibliophiles and music lovers.

“Vineet TRG '' (Terra Rosa Gypsies) takes the stage, weaving acoustic melodies around excerpts from captivating tales. Each composition promises a literary-musical tapestry, igniting imaginations with live music sparking connections !

Vineet TRG is not just an artist; he is a quintessential poet, composer, and singer-songwriter whose musical prowess has garnered him a dedicated following both locally and internationally. As the founder of “Vineet TRG,” an Indian Fusion ensemble based out of Mumbai, Bristol, and New Delhi, he blends original compositions with spirited live performances, featuring a lineup of seasoned musicians from across India on guitar, keys, sitar, flute, drums, and vocals. Vineet TRG has cultivated a unique sound that seamlessly blends elements of folk, rock, and blues, captivating audiences with his soulful melodies and electrifying performances.

ESSEX INDIANS PRESENTS - UTTORSURI -GENERATION NEXT

Sat 6 July | 6pm onwards | £25/£20/£15

Essex Indians charity will be celebrating the tenth year of their flagship concert. This year concert will show case two events.
‘Eye for India’ is a musical showcasing folk and classical art heritage of India in a story telling format. Cities, rivers, mountains and valleys comes alive during the show and tell their heritage in this 90 min show is going to be an audio-visual treat.
Second half of the show will present a one act drama, ‘Hottomalar opare’, written by famous writer Badal Sarkar.
Programme concept and overall direction - Dr Arpita Ray
Songs – Essex Indian Choir
Dance choreography – Ahana Ghosh Sikka, Monidipa Seal, Chinu Kishore, Chitra Jadhav
Drama choreography – Sourav Mitra

AN EVENING OF MUSIC

Sun 7 July | 6pm | £22/£17 (£20/£15 if booked online. Use code BVB2024)

Join us for an evening of enthralling music. Experience the enchanting melodies and virtuoso brilliance that have captivated audiences worldwide.

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to witness the musical magic. 

Artists:
Sri Baluraguraman and Aparna Raguraman on Violin
Smt. Subathra Raguraman on Veena
Sri. Neyveli Venkatesh on Mridangam
Sri. R.N. Prakash on Ghatam

DNC SUMMER PRODUCTION 2024 

Sat 13 July | 5pm - 8pm |  £25 per adult & £20 per child/OAP

The Dancing Nikita Company invites you to join us for our annual Summer Production, a showcase of culture and community through dance. This event features students of all ages and levels from our dance school, who have been working hard to prepare for this special event. You will enjoy the diversity and talent of our dancers, as well as the creativity and quality of our choreography and production elements, such as costumes, lighting, and backdrops. If you enjoy Kathak dance and Bollywood music this performance will uplift your spirit.

AUGUST 2024

THE BHAVAN CELEBRATES INDIA’S INDEPENDENCE DAY

Thur 8 August | 6.30pm for 7pm |  Entry free, registration required

The Chairman and the Executive Committee of The Bhavan UK request the pleasure of your company at the 'Celebration of the Independence Day of India.'

The event will be graced by the presence of the Chief Guest of Honour, His Excellency Mr. Vikram Doraiswami, High Commissioner of India.

6.30 – 7.00 pm: Snacks
7.00 pm: Speeches followed by a short cultural programme of patriotic songs and dances.

SHYAM NAYAN presents Dhārā

Sat 31 August | 6pm - 8pm |  Doors open: 5.30pm | £15 /£13 
Light snacks will be served during interval

Dhārā is a presentation of knowledge and tradition. Quintessential to the Indian philosophical sphere is the idea that knowledge is fluid, ever flowing. It is itself deified and venerated as the river goddess,Saraswatī, since antiquity until now. Dhārā is an ode to the scholarship and knowledge of music, dance, and literature that has been channeled into Shyam by his teachers and mentors, with the ambition to share the art of Kathak. 

In an evening of dance with live accompaniment, Shyam will share timeless, hereditary pieces from both the Jaipur and Banaras Gharanas of Kathak. From gharanedār parans and parmelus, to beautifully composed Rajasthani and Sanskrit lyrical pieces, the evening will explore and showcase the rich heritage of classical Indian music, dance, and literature. 

Artist Profile:
Shyam is a South London based Kathak artist. He initially trained in a blend of the Jaipur and Banaras gharanas under Smt.Harsha Amin. Shyam has learnt briefly with Guru Rajendra Gangani and is training further under his senior disciple, Smt. Swati Sinha. He has also trained in Bharatanatyam under Smt. Pushkala Gopal. 
Shyam studied Japanese and Sanskrit at Oxford University as an undergraduate and then M.Phil in South Asian Studies


SEPTEMBER 2024

Heeling Ragas presents music and dance variety show

Sat 14 September | 5.30pm - 8.45pm |  £22/ £17/ £12 (£20/ £15/ £10 use code BVB2024)

This year’s show will include a number of classical and contemporary music and dance performances. Sure to be a fun filled evening and to entertain all the family!

An Evening of Bharatanatyam by Rukmini Vijayakumar

Sun 15 September | 5.00pm - 8.00pm |  £37/ £32/ £27 (£35/ £30/ £25 use code BVB2024)

Join us for an enchanting evening of dance, beginning with a presentation by the students of Roopalasya School of Dance, followed by a mesmerising and captivating solo performance by
Rukmini Vijayakumar.

Punashcha school of Rabindra Sangeet presents a benefit concert for the Bhavan. Rabindranath Tagore's Bhanusingher Padabali followed by Rabindra Sangeet with Manoj Murali Nair

Sat 21 September | 6.00pm |  £20/ £10

A double bill concert.

Bhanusimha Thakurer Padabali is a collection of Vaishnava lyrics composed in Brajabuli by Rabindranath Tagore. The poems chronicle the romance between Radha and Krishna which is a traditional theme of Indian Poetry.

Manoj Murali Nair is one of the leading vocalists in Tagore songs in India and also recognised internationally with a masters in Indian classical music from Visva Bharati, Santiniketan.

For further information please contact Ruchita Basu: 07737902870

PAST EVENTS

THE BHAVAN PRESENTS SITAR FOR MENTAL HEALTH BY RISHAB RIKHIRAM SHARMA

Sun 23 June | 6pm - 8pm |  £52/£32/£22 (£50/£30/£20 Use online code BVB2024)
Rishab Rikhiram returns to The Bhavan stage with a solo Sitar recital.

After a series of performances across the United States and several ongoing integral sound therapy training studies we invite you to Sitar for Mental Health experience.

Sitar for Mental Health events are multi-sensory-immersive experiences helping bridge ancient practices of sound and energy medicine using traditional Indian Classical music, designed to invoke states of deep reflection, receptivity, and introspection. Bringing awareness towards Mental health by inducing education and experiences of the auditory sensory processing system which Classical music brings forth and re-introduce the sound of the Sitar as a transformational tool.

The session will focus on silence and deep listening, and the gradual adoption of the development of musical improvisation and consciousness. It’s how we experience the world, how we turn input into directions. Rishab navigates to use Sitar as a tool to put the audience through a journey, beginning by focusing on a personal intention, and taking time to sense their emotions. Visualizing them and feeling them. Letting go of all mental and physical attachments at that moment.

ABOUT
Sitarist, music producer and mental health advocate, Rishab Rikhiram Sharma was first introduced to the Sitar at the age of ten. His own father, Sanjay Sharma (Rikhi Ram), became his first Guru. Later he trained under Sitar Maestro, Pt. Ravi Shankar, who took young Rishab on as his youngest and last disciple. Under his tutelage, Rishab was able to hone his natural talent with the utmost commitment and perseverance.


Book Launch of
Tvam - A 21st Century Bhagavad Gita summary

Sat 22 June | 3pm - 4pm | Free entry, registration required
Book overview
For those on a quest to transform into their higher self, The Bhagavad Gita stands as an eternal reservoir of enlightenment. In TVAM, we delve into the first six chapters, unlocking the Gita's universal principles and teachings that resonate with seekers from diverse corners of the world. Embarking on a journey through the verses, readers will unravel answers to fundamental questions like what is my purpose in life? How can I master my mind and emotions? Discover the pathway to lasting calm, joy, and fulfilment, while gaining insights into your higher self. TVAM is a guide for the modern mind, providing a comprehensive exploration of the Gita's esoteric meanings.The book employs detailed English translations, complemented by flow charts, tables, illustrations, and diagrams to make ancient Sanskrit teachings accessible and applicable to the contemporary seeker. TVAM invites you to explore the transformative potential of the Bhagavad Gita and its timeless relevance in the 21st century.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Anuradha Mahajan's journey through the Bhagavad Gita turned into a labor of love and research. Initiated into Vedanta in 2009 by Ms. Sangeeta Dhown in Bahrain, she began teaching the Gita in 2013. Collaborating with Sunita, she enriched this edition with illustrations and interpretations. After twelve years of study, Volume 1 clarifies the first 6 chapters. Anuradha envisions a 21st-century Bhagavad Gita integrated into global education. "Vasudaiva Kutumbakam - The whole world is one family."

International Yoga Day at the Bhavan

Fri 21 June | 6.30pm - 8pm |  £5
Limited spaces available

On the occasion of International Yoga Day, The Bhavan is pleased to offer a yoga class with Freny Pavri, a yoga teacher and student at The Bhavan.

The class is open to all and caters to beginners while ensuring you gain the benefits of yoga.

Please note that this class is limited to 16 students. If you register and are unable to attend, please inform us beforehand so we can offer your space to someone else.

Please get your own Yoga mat, water bottle and any other yoga tools for the session.

Carnatic Vocal Concert
Thiruvarur S Girish

Sun 26 May | 6pm | £22/ £17 (£20/ £15 if booked online using code BVB2024)

Get transported a world of beauty, tranquility and wonder at the mesmerising Carnatic vocal concert by Thiurvarur S Girish.

ARTISTS:
Vocal: Sri. Thiruvarur S Girish
Violin: Sri. Balu Raguraman
Mridangam: Sangita Kalanidhi Sri. Thiruvarur Bakthavatsalam 
Supporting Mridangam: Sri. Vijay Ganesh







UNUSUAL SOUNDS AFRICA - JOURNEY WITH ME
Presented by TOUCH LOVE WORLDWIDE

Sat 25 May | 7.30pm onwards | Entry free, registration required

Harriet Nkechi Adimora Gore, founder of TOUCH LOVE WORLDWIDE blends ancient wisdom with modern storytelling to create a web of love connecting all beings. Experience the transformative journey from the depths of African forests to London Tubes where love is shared through writing, singing, and dancing. Join her in spreading love to every corner of the earth.

DAYABEN .COM
Presented by Pankkaj Sodha

Fri 24th May | Dinner – 5.30pm | Show starts - 7.15pm | £20/ £15 
 For tickets contact P.R Patel - 07957555226

Join us for this fabulous, super hit Gujarati comedy drama

Produced by Shailesh Gor, Jayesh Patel, and Japen Gor

Directed by Yunus Patel | Written by Imtiaz Patel

For tickets please contact P. R. Patel - 07957555226





CURRENT TRENDS IN DEMENTIA - Talk by Dr. T. S. Ananthanarayanan

Sun 18th May | 6.30pm – 8.30pm | Free entry, registration required
The global elderly population, particularly in the Indo-Pacific region is set to double in 25 years due to increased longevity. Dementia, often called a 'silent epidemic' gradually affects individuals over 65, with cases also in younger age groups. Treatment remains symptomatic, focusing on managing symptoms and improving lifestyle factors. This lecture will explore these topics and the brain changes associated with Dementia.

INTRODUCTION TO CHAKRAS
Talk by Leena R Prabhu

Sat 18 May | 11am - 12pm | Free entry, registration required
Join us for a talk on unlocking the body's natural mechanisms, focusing on Chakras. Learn how tuning these energy centres can promote physical, emotional, and financial abundance. Don't miss out on tips and hacks on how to make yourself financially abundant by unlocking and tuning a specific chakra!

Raag Rang - Harmony in Hues
Chandra Chakraborty and Ani Bardhan

May 11th | 6pm onwards | Tickets: £25/£20

Raag Rang - Harmony in Hues presented by Kalakar Arts UK and Eastern Euphony! Immerse yourself in a mesmerising fusion of Bollywood and Indian Classical music, bringing the iconic film 'PAKEEZAH' to life. Led by Chandra Chakraborty, this spellbinding musical journey promises an unforgettable evening. Join us for an extraordinary concert featuring renowned singers, musicians, and dancers, marking Eastern Euphony's sixth sold-out performance. Don't miss the chance to delve into the magic where Bollywood's vibrant hues blend seamlessly with timeless Ragas!


THE BHAVAN CELEBRATES - WORLD DANCE DAY 2024

Sat 27 & Sun 28 April | 4pm onwards
£14 (£12 if booked online. Use code BVB2024)

The Bhavan comes back this year with another dance extravaganza for World Dance Day.
Featuring artists form across England, and dances ranging form classical to folk to mythological themes to socially relevant themes that are sure to make you both smile and think, this is an event that ​promises to take you on a journey of celebration through dance.

ARTISTS LINE UP
DAY 1 - SAT 27 APRIL 2024

Natyakshetra School Of Bharathanatyam 
Vidya Shyam Vetrivel and Team 
Arthi’s Kalalayam
Bhadram School Of Dance
Samarpana Classical Arts
Dr Priyanka Balachandar and Team
Edgware Dance Group over 50's
Ahana Ghosh Sikka Dance Team
Natyasri Dance Company
Ponsita School of Dance 
Nikkan Dance Academy, Edinburgh
Urja performance Team

ARTISTS LINE UP
DAY 2 - SUN 28 APRIL 2024
Team Annam by Chiinthu Sarvananthan
Sarjan Nartan Academy
Team Anubhava
Noopur Dutta and Team
Bharatanatyam Team, The Bhavan
Nital Dance
Satyam School of Dance and Music
Asmitha Keer and Team
Odissi team, The Bhavan
Indradhanush Kids Academy

BHAAV VISTAAR – A REALM OF EXPRESSION AND ELABORATION

Sun 21 April | £25/£20/£15 (Single session)/ £40/£35/£25 (both sessions)
Morning session:
Doors Open at 10:30
Starts at 11:00
Evening Session:
Doors Open at 17:00
Starts at 17:30
Documentary screening:
15:00-16:15

To avail the discount, kindly book the tickets online and add both sessions into your basket before checkout. The discount will be automatically applied.

A unique all day Indian Classical Music and Dance Conference with live performances by young maestros and eminent artists, that invite the audiences to express the emotions they feel while experiencing the performances through other forms of creativity such as sketching, writing or poetry. The day will be divided into three sessions. The morning and evening sessions will both be double bill concerts in which the audience will be encouraged to grab a piece of paper, pen, pencil and/or colours and exhibit their sentiments in whatever way they see fit as they watch the performances. In between the two sessions of music and dance, the M.P Birla Art Gallery will be converted into a space of creation and contemplation, where the audience may sit and read books on Indian Classical Music and Dance, continue to write, sketch or doodle taking inspiration from the performances they just witnessed, or simply meditate silently or while listening to music.
This third session will also include the screening of a documentary called "Khayal - A Musical Journey" directed by Usha Deshpande in 1987, narrated by tabla maestro Ustad Zakir Hussain.
Name of Artists
Morning
Hindustani Vocal - Nagesh Adgaonkar, accompanied on tabla by Dhanraj Persaud Pandey and on Harmonium by Pt Vishwa Prakash
Sitar - Smt Reena Srivastava, accompanied on tabla by Ustad Shahbaz Hussain
Evening
Violin - Yadnesh Raikar, accompanied on tabla by Himanish Goswami
Kathak - Saberi Misra, accompanied on tabla by Pt Rajkumar Misra, Vocal by Rakhi Lal,
Harmonium by Pt Vishwa Prakash

To avail the discount for both sessions, kindly add both into your basket before checkout. The discount will be automatically applied.

BENGALI NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONS

Sat 20 April | 6.30pm onwards | £14 (£12 if booked online. Use code BVB2024)

Join us for the Bengali new Year celebrations.
Featuring renowned National and International artists.

PERFORMERS:
Sanju Sahai
Avtar Kaur
Kirpal Singh Panesar
Jaymini Sahai

The Bhavan's Bengali Department headed by Smt. Sajali Roy - Presents Bengali songs

Geetanjali Academy of Fine Arts - presents 'Flavours of Ragas'

Monidipa Seal, & Aashvee Dance academy in collaboration with Indian Art Association

NRITYA UTSAVA – The celebration of dance

Sun 14 April | 6.30pm – 8.30pm | £17/£15 (£15/£13 if booked online. Use code BVB2024)

Experience the grace, rhythm, and beauty of Kathak at 'Nritya Utsav' - a mesmerizing showcase of classical Indian dance. Join us for an enchanting evening filled with the vibrant colors of Kathak as our talented students take center stage. From captivating footwork to intricate hand gestures, witness the essence of this ancient art form come alive.

Immerse yourself in the rich culture and tradition of Kathak as our performers showcase their dedication and passion. Don't miss this unforgettable celebration of dance and culture. Taught and Choreographed by The Bhavan's resident Kathak teachers, Abhinav Shankar Mishra and Amun Bhachu.

KALAKRITI PRESENTS - NAVA UTSAV - Ugadi celebrations 2024

Sat 13 April | 12pm - 2pm | £5 
Rangoli Competition - 10am - 12pm (free to enter, limited to 6 participants

Bhavan’s Youth Council, Kalakriti, invites you all to join us in the celebration of the new year at Nava Utsav on April 13th, 2024. Filled with vibrant festivities and fun taking us back home to India. From rangoli competition to captivating performances by Bhavan’s students, join us to mark the advent of the new calendar year. Grab your tickets now on Bhavan’s website.

Rangoli Competition:
Calling all creative and artistic minds! Kalakriti is hosting a Rangoli competition during Nava Utsav on April 13th, 2024 in the basement of Bhavan from 10am to 12pm. This competition invites participants to craft stunning rangoli designs that capture the essence of home. Don't worry about materials; they'll be provided, and each participant will have up to 30 minutes to create their masterpiece. But hurry, space is limited to just 6 people. Bring out you imagination, wear you competitive gloves and showcase your talent at Nava Utsav celebrations. 

Celebration of the life of Smt. Rathi Karthigesu

Bhavan library, Sun April 7th | 2.00pm - 4.00pm | Entry free, registration required

This event at Bhavan on April 7th is a celebration of the life of international Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi dancer RATHI KARTHIGESU, who sadly passed away on August 7th, 2023 in Singapore, at the age of 87.
Considered to be an early pioneer in the establishment of the Indian fine arts scene in Singapore, her legacy spans over more than three decades from the late 1950s. She briefly served as the Singapore Indian Fine Arts Society’s vice-president. Known for her philanthropy, she donated a collection of rare Indian sculptures in dancing poses to the National Heritage Board of Singapore following which she received a Patron of Heritage award. She was a great support to emerging artistes and she shared her talent through benefit dances across countries.

Gayatri Sriram, director of Shrutilaya School of Dance Singapore, says she met Rathi Karthigesu sometime between 1995/6, and forged a close relationship with her based on their shared passion for the Indian classical dance form of bharatanatyam. Sriram told The Straits Times, “Her contribution to and impact on the Indian dance community in Singapore have been immeasurable. She began dancing at a time when women, especially married ones, were not considered to be professional artists in the bharatanatyam scene. She continued to dance even after marriage and became an icon to many of us.”
A trailblazer in her field, Rathi held the spotlight as a pioneering dancer, leaving an indelible mark on the world of bharatanatyam dance. Rathi’s journey was one of resilience and dedication. Even in the face of adversity, she triumphed over illness that once challenged her physical abilities, continuing to grace stages with her mesmerizing performances. Her influence extends beyond borders, as she shared her talent through benefit dances across Singapore, Malaysia, and the United Kingdom. Not only a luminary on stage, Rathi was a versatile artist. Her creative talents extended to painting murals, and she amassed a beautiful and discerning art collection. A beacon of support for emerging artists, she graciously assumed roles as a guest of honour for debut and milestone events, offering guidance to aspiring dance students.
For several years in the mid 1970s to the late 80s, Rathi taught bharatanatyam to a new generation of young students at the Bhavan in London and gave many renowned benefit recitals at the Bhavan, the Indian YMCA, the Purcell Room, the Commonwealth Institute and Sadler’s Wells in London as well as performances in Europe.
There will be photos, dance performance reviews, costumes and film to view, as well as an opportunity to reflect on Rathi’s life, her contribution to the Bhavan, London, her lasting legacy and to share memories. The event is put on by Ann R David, Professor of Dance and Cultural Engagement, one of her former students, and family members Mala Bamford and Aruna Khanzada.

SASVATAM IN ASSOCIATION WITH ABHAI PRESENTS WORLDWIDE CLASSICAL DANCE 2024

Sat 30 March | 3.30pm – 8pm | Adult £15 / Children aged 3-15 yrs and participants £12.50  
Sasvatam 2024 (worldwide classical dance 2024), the founder Guru Dr Jeyanthy Yogarajah and co-founder Mrs Bavithra Sivayokam (BA, MBA, and MA) give an opportunity to perform by the budding artists and to dance teachers to showcase their students.
Sasvatam is in collaboration with association of Bharatanatyam artists of India (Abhai) and Salangai Nartahnalaya Academy of Fine arts UK.

Register your interest to perform before 18 January 2024 (sasvatam2019@gmail.com)

SOLO KUCHIPUDI PERFORMANCE BY AVIJIT DAS

Sun 24 March | 6pm – 8pm | £22/£17 (£20/£15 if booked online. Code - BVB2024)
Kuchipudi exponent Avijit Das will present Kuchipudi Vystha Nrithyam, which is a solo format of presentation. The whole presentation is choreographed by Avijit Das.

KUCHIPUDI WORKSHOP WITH AVIJIT DAS

Sat 23 & Sun 24 March | 10am – 11.30am | £10 per day / £15 for both days
Avijit Das presents a Kuchipudi workshop at The Bhavan. He will teach a session concentrating on Adavus and basic techniques, followed by an item. 

SITAR CONCERT BY PUNITA GUPTA AND HER STUDENTS
Part of The Bhavan's Sanget Utsav

Sat 23 March |  5PM - 5.45PM - REFRESHMENTS | CONCERT - 6PM |
£27/£22/£17  (£25/£20/£15 if booked online. Use code BVB2024)

Join us for an evening of Sitar by Punita Gupta and her students. The concert aims to honour Punita ji for her services to the Bhavan and Indian music through her extensive teaching and performances. By showcasing. her students, it also aims to highlight the future Sitar players.

Music by Punita and her students.
Tabla: Jnanesh Kamath and Hevylen Seenan.
Mridangam : M Balachandran

ODISSI WORKSHOP WITH MADHULITA MOHAPATRA

Sat 16 - Sat 23 March | Timings below | £145
Open workshop for all levels - 22 March | £15
Odissi exponent Madhulita Mohapatra will preset an Odissi workshop at The Bhavan.
The main workshop will be a week long learning experience where she will also teach an item.
On March 22, it will be an open day where students not enrolled on the main workshop can also join in for the session on 'Polishing Odissi technique'  - charis, bhramaris, drishti bhedas, shirobhedas, grivabhedas etc.

Timetable:

16 Mar, Sat 3-5 pm
17 Mar, Sun 3-5 pm
18 Mar, Mon 7-8:30 pm
21 Mar, Thu 7-8:30 pm
22 Mar, Fri 7-8:30 pm
23 Mar, Sat 3-5 pm

ABOUT
A recipient of the prestigious Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar from the Central Sangeet Natak Akademi & the Kempegowda Award from Karnataka, Madhulita Mohapatra has carved a niche as one of the leading Odissi exponents in south India. An ‘A’ grade artiste of National Doordarshan (DD National) & an empanelled artiste of Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), she has received prestigious awards like IIDF 2017, BCKA Yuva Kala Pratibha, Aarya Award for Women Achievers,
Arathi Kala Ratna in Phoenix, Arizona, USA & the GTF Women’s Excellence awards. A disciple of Guru Shri Gangadhar Pradhan, Guru Smt. Aruna Mohanty, Guru Shri Pabitra Kumar Pradhan & Guru
Krushnachandra Sahoo, she is admired & applauded by the connoisseurs & critics alike, for her profound artistry and her innate abhinaya quality. Madhulita Mohapatra has performed at several
prestigious events across the country and overseas including the Konark Festival, Taj Mahotsav, Mukteshwar Festival, Dhauli Mahotsav, Bengaluru International Arts Festival (BIAF), Rang Tarang
National Choreography Festival, Geeva Heritage Festival (USA), International Odissi Dance Festival, Johor Bahru Arts Festival (Malaysia), Magic in Movements (Phoenix, USA), Samagam (at the Indian
High Commission in London), among many others. Madhulita Mohapatra is also a guest faculty of Reva University teaching Masters students of Odissi dance. She is selflessly devoted to the promotion & popularisation of Odissi in South India dance through her institution, Nrityantar, by performing, teaching and nurturing finest talents. Madhulita Mohapatra is rightfully applauded for her inventive choreographic skills and her adeptness to keep her audiences engaged with brilliant use of movement & space and interesting themes. Nrityantar Dance Ensemble is one of the most
sought after classical dance troupes from Karnataka and is invited by major art festivals

SANGEET UTSAV - THE BHAVAN'S ANNUAL MUSIC FESTIVAL | 
Performances and workshops

Sat 9, Sun 10, & Sun 16 March 6pm onwards
£22/£17 (£20/£15 if booked online. Use code BVB2024)

Supported by Chellaram Foundation
A two-weekend Classical Music Festival with the best of South Indian and North Indian Music traditions.

Sat 9 March
Carnatic vocal by Sri Neyveli Santhanagopalan
Accompanied by Sri M Balachandar on Mridangam, Sri Balu Raguraman on Violin and Sri Bangalore R N Prakash on Ghatam
Sun 10 March
Violin by A Kanyakumari
Supported by Sri Balu Raguraman on Violin and accompanied by M Balachandar on Mridangam, and Sri R R Pratap on Ghatam

Violin workshop with A Kanyakumari
Sat 9 & Sun 10 March
10am -12pm | £30 for both days
A Kanyakumari will teach a violin workshop at The Bhavan. Open to intermediate and advanced level students.
Sat 16 March
Hindustani Vocal by Sajan Misra and Swaransh Mishra
Tabla by Pt. Rajkumar Misra

Hindustani Vocal workshop with Sajan Misra and Swaransh Mishra
Sun 17 March |11am - 1pm | £10 / Free for Bhavan students

The Concept of Yajna (sacrifice), Dāna (charity), and Tapas (austerity) in the Bhagavad Gita -
DR MATTUR NANDAKUMARA, MBE
(October Gallery Theatre)

Wed 13 March 

VENUE - The October Gallery Theatre (no disabled access), 24 Old Gloucester Street, London WC1N 3AL, Nearest Underground Holborn
Doors open 6.10pm, Lecture begins promptly at 6.30pm

Admission & Booking
£10 or £5 Members of the Temenos Academy/Concessions. Full-time students with student ID card FREE
To book contact: temenosacademy@myfastmail.com or 07513 883 335

In the Chair Dr Rishi Handa

Yajna, Dāna and Tapas, loosely translated as sacrifice, charity and austerity, are essential aspects of life which purify an individual. One should never abandon these principles – they help a person become better and more useful to themselves and others. Developing a sense of sacrifice is so very important lest we become selfish and egoistic. Charity is vital if we are to realise how lucky we are and how important it is to engage in giving to those in need. Meanwhile, austerity helps us to go in search of the real meaning of life. In this lecture, Dr Nandakumara will examine these three concepts as they are presented in one of the great sacred texts of the Hindu tradition, the Bhagavad Gita.

DR MATTUR NANDAKUMARA, MBE has had a distinguished career rooted in Indian classical arts and languages in both the UK and Europe. Over the last four decades he has served as the Executive Director of the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan in London, spearheading its rise to become the leading institute teaching Indian classical arts and culture anywhere outside of India. His pioneering work has led to him being honoured by HRH King Charles III with an Honorary MBE for his role as an ambassador for India’s art, culture and philosophy. He is highly regarded as an authority in Vedic literature, philosophy, mythology, and rituals and is a dedicated and respected teacher of all aspects of the Sanskrit language. Born and raised in the village of Mattur in Karnataka, India, Dr Nandakumara studied at Mysore university before undertaking his PhD at SOAS in London.

Venue & Timing
The October Gallery Theatre (no disabled access), 24 Old Gloucester Street, London WC1N 3AL, Nearest Underground Holborn
Doors open 6.10pm, Lecture begins promptly at 6.30pm

Admission & Booking
£10 or £5 Members of the Temenos Academy/Concessions. Full-time students with student ID card FREE
To book contact: temenosacademy@myfastmail.com or 07513 883 335

THE BHAVAN CELEBRATES SHIVARATRI

Fri 8 March | 7PM | £2
The Bhavan welcomes you to The Shivaratri puja celebrations. The festival is celebrated by remembering lord Shiva with Vedic Pooja, chanting, music, and dance performances by students of The Bhavan. Prasad will be served in the form of dinner.
Event sponsored by Smt. Pratibha Sharma and family.

SHORT COURSES 2024
Nattuvangam

NATTUVANGAM

4 Days
Start: Monday 4 March 2024
End: Monday 25 March 2024
EVERY MONDAY
6.30pm - 8pm | £75
Taught by resident teacher Sri M Balachandar
**In person and online option available**

Nattuvangam is an important part of a South Indian Classical dance recital. Along with the percussion instrument, the dancer is accompanied by Nattuvangam, which is not just spoken rhythm but is also a main musical punctuation and guidance for the dancer.
This course is open to dancers, singers, as well as anyone interested in learning this delightful art. You will learn the basics of tala structure, rhythm accent, rhythm syllables, variations, creativity in composing, and the aspects of Laya (tempo – 3 speeds).
For advanced students, you will also get an insight into the formula to composing endlessly in the Pancha jathi talas – the 5 principal rhythms patterns.

SRISHTI - PATHWAYS

Sun 3 March | 6pm | £22/£17 (£20/£15 if booked online. Code BVB2024).
Refreshments available to buy before and after the event. There will be no interval.
Srishti – Nina Rajarani Dance Creations presents SRISHTI PATHWAYS featuring a performance of classical Indian dance performed by a new generation of British-South Asian dancers. The ambitious production will showcase the best of Bharatanatyam through exquisite movements, powerful rhythm and striking ensemble work.  
The dancers will present three works by award-winning choreographer and Srishti’s Artistic Director Nina Rajarani MBE, and a specially commissioned one by the inimitable guest choreographer Mavin Khoo. Versatile music composer and Karnatik vocalist Y Yadavan has created the music score for the performance. 
SRISHTI Pathways is funded by Arts Council England and supported by Harrow Arts Centre, Harrow Council and Creative Academy, Slough.
Creative team 
Concept, Choreography & Direction: Nina Rajarani MBE 
Music Composition: Yadav Yadavan 
Guest Choreographer: Mavin Khoo 
Dancers: Linnea Prema Husmann, Mithesha Mageswaran, Ritu Raj, Disha
Varsani, Varsha Vijay (understudy)
Lighting Design and Technical Management: Paul Micah

SHORT COURSES 2024
Karnatic Violin

VIOLIN - ALLIED RAGAS OF CARNATIC MUSIC - A SHORT INSIGHT INTO THE SIMILARITIES IN THE DIFFERENCES OF CLOSELY ALIGNED RAGAS

4 Days
Start: Monday 12 Feb 2024 End: THURSDAY 15 FEB 2023 3pm - 4pm | £60

Taught by resident teacher Sri Balu Raguraman
**In person and online option available**

This course is targeted at students of Arangetram level (grade 5 and above).
It is an intensive course covering ragas that are similar and helping students understand the differences.

SHORT COURSES 2024
Karnatic Vocal

6 Weeks
Start: Saturday 17th February 2024
End : Saturday 23 March 2024
Time: 16:00 - 17:00 

Taught by resident teacher Sri. Sampath Kumarachary Daruri.

**In person and online option available**
This course will explore Utsava Saampradaya, Divyanama, Annamayya Krithis, and Nottugeethas.
Open to all levels including beginners, the lessons will be modified to suit every student no matter their stage of learning.

SHORT COURSES 2024
Tabla

TABLA

7 Days
Start: Monday 19 Feb 2024
End: Tuesday 27 Feb 2024
(All days excluding Sat and Sun)
6pm - 7.30pm | £100
Taught by resident teacher Pt. Rajkumar Misra
**In person and online option available**

This course will be a comprehensive taster into the nuances of Tabla, the north Indian percussion instrument. Students will get an insight into the basics of Tabla, rhythm, pace and clarity.
This will also be a unique opportunity to interact with Guru Pt.Rajkumar Misra to understand the philosophy of the art of Tabla and how Tabla can help you connect with life.
Open to all levels including beginners, the lessons will be modified to suit every student no matter their stage of learning.

SHORT COURSES 2024
Hindustani Vocal

HINDUSTANI VOCAL - PENTATONIC RAGAS
PART 2

5 Days
Start: Monday 19 FEB 2024
End: Friday 23 FEB 2024 6PM - 8PM | £110

Taught by resident teacher Smt. Chandrima Misra
**In person and online option available**
This special Hindustani vocal workshop will focus on the pentatonic ragas, following the popular workshop on the same theme.
Pentatonic ragas are ragas (melodies) that contain only 5 notes out of the 7 notes of Classical music.
In this specialist short course in Hindustani music, students will get a deep insight into the structure of these ragas, their use as well as a few popular compositions in them.

YATRA - THE BHAVAN'S ANNUAL YOUTH FESTIVAL

Sat 24 & Sun 25 Feb |  4pm onwards | £14 (£12 if booked online. Use code BVB2024)
The Bhavan is proud to present the annual youth festival 2024. Our aim with the festival is to create an open platform for emerging Indian Classical artists across the music and dance genres from London and beyond to showcase their talents and creativity. We are delighted to host over 15 groups performances across the genres of Indian Classical Arts and do our bit in fostering the next generation of artists.

ARTISTS LINE UP

SAT 24 February 2024
* Sitar Team, The Bhavan
* Sangeet Prabhat Ensemble
* Yagna Ensemble
* Sai Mayur Bharatanatyam dance school
* Odissi Team, The Bhavan
* Srishti - Nina Rajarani Dance Creations
* Natyanjali Dance School - Cambridge
* Kathak Team, The Bhavan
* Team Niyati 
* Kirti Kala Mandir UK (KKMUKCIC)

SUN 25 FEBRUARY 2024
* Geetanjali Academy of Fine Arts 
* Team Sangamam, The Bhavan
* Team Anubhava
* Team Pratidhi
* Dancing Nikita Company
* Nital Dance
* Divya Kasturi Company - Young Talents
* Naad - Community Group of Pagrav Dance company

CONTINUING THE LEGACY - ABHINAYA WORKSHOP WITH RAMYA HARISHANKAR

Wed 21 & Thur 22 Feb |  5.30pm - 8.30pm |  £30 for both days
Ramya Harishankar is a protégé of legendary gurus, Thiru. Swamimalai K. Rajaratnam and Smt. Kalanidhi Narayanan. She has been teaching for over 4 decades in the US and sharing the precious legacy she inherited, adapting it to the new generations, the time and space in which it is being taught.
Through the master class, Ramya hopes the participants will not just learn the piece but through the process have access to the tools to improve one’s own performance and enhance their ability to choreograph more creatively.

'ANI KAVITA' - An evening of poetry

Sun 18 feb | 4pm - 6.30pm
£42/£33
(5%discount for 3 or more tickets booked in a single transaction. Automatically applied) 

''Aani Kavita' is a unique program which is bringing two well-known lyricists Sandeep Khare and Vaibhav Joshi, together on one stage.
In this program, they will be performing their well-known poems and songs along with some new creations.
This time the show will also be featuring Poet and Actress Spruha Joshi who will join the two poets with her famous poems.
The Show is produced by Wide Wings Media.

RAAGASUDHA ACADEMY PRESENTS 'RAMAYANA - THE JOURNEY'

Sat 17 feb | 5pm - 8.30pm (includes 30 min interval) | 
Ticket- £12 per person
£40 (family ticket 2 adults and 2 children automatically applied)
£40 (family ticket 1 adult and 3 children automatically applied)
Ramayana- The Journey is the production presented by the students of the Raaga Sudha Music Academy. It attempts to chronicle Rama’s Ayana (journey) from His birth to His Jala- samadhi through a series of 8 plays and 15 songs. A “must-see” for children who want to learn the Ramayana. This hugely successful production brought in 600 people for its first
show in June 2023. The production is in English with the songs sung in various Indian languages.
The show was well appreciated for its approach of story-telling where the incidents from the Ramayana are elaborated with spiritual back-stories thereby making it easier for the audience to understand the reasons behind many incidents in the epic. Another speciality of
the show is its commitment to always focus on the positive characters in the epic and not just on the Rama-Ravana war. Come along with family to enjoy an evening where we can travel with Rama through the various phases of His life to get soaked in devotion and love.
Raaga Sudha Music Academy is a not-for-profit community interest company teaching Indian Classical Carnatic music to 50 students in the North East UK. The school is in its sixth year running with the purpose of teaching children and adults the core human values of love, truth, peace, right conduct and non-violence integrated with Classical music.
ABOUT
Praveena Srikailash has been teaching music for the last 17 years in the North East UK. She has students starting from 5 years to 80 years of age. She started the Raaga Sudha Music Academy in September 2018 as a performing arts academy to enable the students bring out their musical talent. The key to Praveena’s success is her ability to integrate moral stories with music. Students seldom miss her classes every week. Praveena also teaches Vedam chanting free of charge to nearly 50 students in the UK through her Vedam school, श्रुति- Śruti. As a student of Vedanta, she is able to understand the spiritual
purpose behind many actions of important characters in Ramayana. This clear understanding forms the back-bone of this epic production.

EXPLORING MOVEMENT AND STORY-TELLING ON KRISHNA

Thur 15 Feb | 11am – 11.45am | £10 (includes light refreshments)

Suitable for children aged 4 – 6 years
This session will introduce them to communication, language, and movement through conversation, storytelling, and activities. They will imaginatively explore the different senses, use actions to explore Indian dance vocabulary, and discover freedom in the use of the body through movement.

(Tickets need to be booked only for the children. Parents can accompany, they do not need to book tickets separately)

EXPLORING THE SOUND IN INDIAN MUSIC 

Tue 13 and Wed 14 Feb | Timings below | £10 per session (morning or afternoon) / £15 for both morning and afternoon
(includes light refreshments)
Suitable for children aged 5 - 10 years
The sessions will concentrate on building partnership with Parents and encouraging early years play with children to build a strong and respectful relationship; introducing children to different styles of music; active learning through the variety of sounds of musical instruments and vocals developing attention and listening; introducing attention to sound; and exploring their voices and enjoying different sound makers and instruments.
MORNING SESSION (£10)
11am – 11.45am - Tabla
12.00pm - 12.45pm – Hindustani Vocal
12.45pm – 1.30pm - BREAK
AFTERNOON SESSION (£10)
1.30pm – 2.15pm – Karnatic Violin
2.30pm - 3.15pm - Mridangam
Limited to 10 children per class
(Tickets need to be booked only for the children. Parents can accompany, they do not need to book tickets separately)

CONFLUENCE IN ASSOCIATION WITH SANSKRUTI PRESENTS BHARAT MAHOTSAV - FESTIVAL OF ONE INDIA

Thu 15 Feb | 6.30pm – 8.30pm | Entry free
This grand festival celebrates the rich tapestry of Indian culture and heritage along with star performers like Amruta Fadnavis, Vijeyta Pandit, Kamal Khan, Ragasudha Vinjamuri, Simran Ahuja, Barkha Singh and much more. Ramleela, group celebration of Basant Panchmi, Music, drama and dance performance will be vibrant and enthralling. Organised by Confluence in association with The Sanskruti Centre for Cultural Excellence promoting Art and Culture.
Website: www.bharatmahotsavfestivals.com, www.confluencengo.com

CELEBRATION OF THE REPUBLIC DAY OF INDIA

Thu 8 Feb | 6.30pm for 7pm – 8.00pm | Entry Free, registration required
6.30pm - 7pm - snacks
7pm - speeches followed by a short cultural programme of patriotic songs and dances
The Chairman and Executive Committee of the Bhavan UK 
request the pleasure of your company at this year's CELEBRATION OF THE REPUBLIC DAY OF INDIA.
In the presence of the CHIEF GUEST OF HONOUR
HIS EXCELLENCY MR VIKRAM DORAISWAMI, High Commissioner of India.

6.30pm - 7pm - snacks
7pm - speeches followed by a short cultural programme of patriotic songs and dances

SSGD in association with The Bhavan presents - INDIAN FOLK DANCE CLASSES - GRADE I 

Grade 1- Thursdays 7-8.30pm | 8 Feb onwards
6 X sessions - £60 
Grade 2 - Mondays - 7-8.30pm (open only to students who have completed grade 1) | 5 Feb onwards
8 X sessions - £96  
To celebrate the inclusion of Garba dance in UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list, the Bhavan in collaboration with SSGD Europe are bringing to you an Indian folk-dance course with the world’s biggest Garba school! Affiliated with UNESCO and the World Dance Council.
This Grade 1 6-week term forms part of our structured and certified syllabus. The classes will be
focussing on exploring movement vocabulary and technique, understanding rhythm of Garba music, body
and spatial awareness, and building confidence.
This is a great way to improve your balance and coordination whilst getting a full body workout!
The sessions will explore movements and technique from SSGD’s core dance syllabus and grades. No previous dancing skills or knowledge of Garba dance is necessary.

GRADEI
6 sessions: Every Thursday, starting 8th February 2024
General Level – Open to all
7:00 – 8:30pm
6 XSessions - £60

What is Garba?
Garba is a traditional form of Indian folk dance, consisting of claps, clicks, bends and spins. It is a dance of celebration, usually performed during the Hindu festival of Navratri, and amongst other joyous occasions. 
What are the benefits of attending? Our Garba classes are open to people of all abilities, ages and backgrounds. Participants attending will enjoy fun and energetic sessions, whilst developing their movements and boosting confidence. 

About the Sonis School of Garba Dance:
Jigar Soni started teaching authentic Garba in 1998, along with brother Suhrad Soni with the vision of preserving and promoting the traditional form of this beautiful folk dance from Gujarat. Being hugely
popular in India over the last 25 years, SSGD have recently become more of a global platform as the largest Authentic Garba School, having a presence within 48 cities in 23 countries worldwide and almost
2000 students learning from them every year.
They have been awarded by numerous organisations including the UK government, where Jigar and Suhrad Soni received an award from the House of Commons for their significant contribution towards
promoting Indian culture globally. Jigar Soni is also the producer and choreographer of Falguni Pathak’s Garba anthem ‘Radha Ne Shyam,’ and choreographer of Falguni Pathak’s latest anthem ‘Vasaladi.’
Certified by UNESCO, the brothers are affiliated to the International Dance Council, which has enabled them to not only produce a certified syllabus for their Garba School but also present both dance and seminars at industry and private organisations.
Any questions, please do not hesitate to e-mail ssgdeurope@gmail.com

SSGD in association with The Bhavan presents - INDIAN FOLK DANCE CLASSES - GRADE  II
✨THIS COURSE IS CANCELLED DUE TO UNAVOIDABLE CIRCUMSTANCES✨

Grade 1- Thursdays 7-8.30pm | 8 Feb onwards
6 X sessions - £60 
Grade 2 - Mondays - 7-8.30pm (open only to students who have completed grade 1) | 5 Feb onwards
8 X sessions - £96  
To celebrate the inclusion of Garba dance in UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list, the Bhavan in collaboration with SSGD Europe are bringing to you an Indian folk-dance course with the world’s biggest Garba school! Affiliated with UNESCO and the World Dance Council.
This Grade 1 6-week term forms part of our structured and certified syllabus. The classes will be
focussing on exploring movement vocabulary and technique, understanding rhythm of Garba music, body
and spatial awareness, and building confidence.
This is a great way to improve your balance and coordination whilst getting a full body workout!
The sessions will explore movements and technique from SSGD’s core dance syllabus and grades. No previous dancing skills or knowledge of Garba dance is necessary.

GRADE II
8 Sessions : Every Monday, starting 5th February 2024
Open only to students who have completed grade 1
7-8.30pm 
8 X sessions - £96  

What is Garba?
Garba is a traditional form of Indian folk dance, consisting of claps, clicks, bends and spins. It is a dance of celebration, usually performed during the Hindu festival of Navratri, and amongst other joyous occasions. 
What are the benefits of attending? Our Garba classes are open to people of all abilities, ages and backgrounds. Participants attending will enjoy fun and energetic sessions, whilst developing their movements and boosting confidence. 
About the Sonis School of Garba Dance:
Jigar Soni started teaching authentic Garba in 1998, along with brother Suhrad Soni with the vision of preserving and promoting the traditional form of this beautiful folk dance from Gujarat. Being hugely
popular in India over the last 25 years, SSGD have recently become more of a global platform as the largest Authentic Garba School, having a presence within 48 cities in 23 countries worldwide and almost
2000 students learning from them every year.
They have been awarded by numerous organisations including the UK government, where Jigar and Suhrad Soni received an award from the House of Commons for their significant contribution towards
promoting Indian culture globally. Jigar Soni is also the producer and choreographer of Falguni Pathak’s Garba anthem ‘Radha Ne Shyam,’ and choreographer of Falguni Pathak’s latest anthem ‘Vasaladi.’
Certified by UNESCO, the brothers are affiliated to the International Dance Council, which has enabled them to not only produce a certified syllabus for their Garba School but also present both dance and seminars at industry and private organisations.
Any questions, please do not hesitate to e-mail ssgdeurope@gmail.com

SAROD WORKSHOP WITH ABHISHEK BORKAR

Sat 13 Jan 1pm - 2pm & Sun 21 Jan 10am - 11am |  £10 Per session / Free for Bhavan students
Join us for a workshop with Sarod exponent Abhishek Borkar.
The workshop will focus on the basics of tuning and melody, and is open to Sitar and Sarod students of all levels.

THE BHAVAN'S FOUNDER'S DAY 2024

SAT 27 & SUN 28 | 3PM – 6PM | £12 (£10 if booked online. Code – BVB2024)

 At the beginning of every year, The Bhavan proudly hosts annual Founders’ Day celebrations. Showcasing the talents and dedication of all our students, teachers, and staff, the weekend event is a grand celebration of Indian Classical Arts and the future torch bearers. It is a chance to applaud the students honing their skills at The Bhavan.