Bhaav

The Expressions Summit 2023

BHAAV

The Expressions Summit 2023

An Initiative of World Forum For Art & Culture (WFAC)

The World Forum for Art & Culture(WFAC), an initiative by The Art of Living, is organising a curated, avant-garde festival of performing and fine arts. 

BHAAV – The Expressions Summit 2023, an experiential festival of  Performing and Fine Arts at The Art of Living International Centre, Bengaluru from 26th to 28th of January 2023

It’s a promise of a captivating experience, inviting every one of you into the exuberant world of Indian Performing and Fine Arts. Rejoice, rejuvenate and recoup!

Enjoy these three glorious days of performances, which will include intimate and informal concerts, in-depth lecture demonstrations, fun and therapeutic learning experiences, and enjoyable panel discussions with renowned Indian artists. The events will be followed by Satsang and sessions with Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, a globally revered spiritual and humanitarian leader.

vishalakshi Mantap; art of living international center; art of living ashram

Maestros at Bhaav

Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia, is a name synonymous with the Bansuri. He is simultaneously an innovator and a traditionalist.

Pt. Sajan Mishra, is a Hindustani vocal maestro whose voice takes us from the tangible earthiness of the spiritual city of Banaras to the intangible grandeur of the ragas.

Smt. Padma Subrahmanyam, is a Bharatnatyam and Bharatanrityam exponent, Research Scholar, Choreographer,
Music Composer, Singer, Teacher, Author, and Indologist who has brought together the Marga (traditional) technique of the Natya Shastra and the Regional form of
Bharatnatyam.

Smt. Sudha Raghunathan is the gaan saraswati of the carnatic musical tradition, with a bhakti-drenched voice that has touched the souls of millions around the world.

Smt. Sumitra Guha, is a luminary in Carnatic and Hindustani schools of music and is the first Andhra woman to sing Hindustani music

Dr Puru Dadheech, is a Kathak dancer, choreographer, and educator of Indian classical dance. Holder of the First Doctorate in Kathak classical dance, Director of the Sri Sri Centre for Advanced Research in Kathak at Sri Sri University, Cuttack.

Chitravina Ravikiran ji, is an Indian slide instrumentalist, vocalist, composer, and orator, who created the concept of Mel harmony.

Dr. Sandhya Purecha is a Performing-Academician, ingenious choreographer, erudite author, scholar, and researcher who is the director of the Sri Sri Centre for Advanced Research in Bharatnatyam, Sri Sri University.

Guru Sujata Mohapatra is a name synonymous with Odissi in India today.

Pt. Ronu Majumder, is a luminous Indian flautist in the Hindustani classical music tradition rooted in the Maihar Gharana. A Sangeet Natak Akademi awardee. He lead the ensemble at the Art of living’s ‘Venunaad’ where 5000 flautists performed under his direction.

Pt. Jayateerth Mevundi, is a Hindustani classical vocalist of the Kirana Gharana who has brought classical music to the masses through spiritual and devotional music

Pt. Debashish Bhattacharya, is an inventive Indian String instrumentalist who has created patented guitars Chaturangui, Gandharva, and Anandi and will impart his knowledge of thinking outside the box to Jhankriti participants.

K U Jayachandra Rao belongs to a rare category of left-hand Mridangam players and has performed with many eminent musicians from the field of Carnatic and other styles of music. He has directed and performed exclusive percussion ensembles and solos that bring together a variety of percussion instruments.

Shri Sikkil Gurucharan is the foremost among young performing musicians of Carnatic music in India today. India Today featured him among 35 Game Changers Under (the age of) 35 in India.

Smt. Prachee Shah Pandya is an acclaimed actress and Kathak dancer. She was appointed as the Kathak ambassador by
the Government of India in 2015 and guiness record holder for the most number of spins in a minute. ICCR outstanding, Doordarshan A grade and Shringar mani and
visiting faculty at Department of Contemplative and Behavioural Sciences, Sri Sri University.

Shri Sharat Prabhat is a Harikatha exponent and Kathak dancer.

Shri. Sarvesh Karthik is a prodigy on varied percussion instruments and musical gadgets.

Smt. Padmaja Chakraborty is a faculty for Thumri Vocal Music with Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra, New Delhi, and Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata.

Smt. S Aishwarya and Kum. S Soundarya, are great granddaughters of Bharat Ratna MS Subbulaxmi, who are taking forward her tradition of bhakti-drenched Carnatic music.

Shri Nagaraju Talluri is a preeminent Flautist. He can be considered a child-prodigy, who started playing flute at an age of 10. He conducted numerous musical events with legends like Smt. P.Suseela, Smt. S.Janaki, Dr. S.P.Bala Subrahmaniam, Sri Hari Haran, Sri Shankar Maha Devan, Smt. Chitra and Sri Mano.

Shri. Jigar Soni is the founder of the world famous Soni’s School of Garba Dance.

Swar Rattan Sharma is a Hindustani vocalist from the Mewati Gharana. He is the grandson and disciple of Padma Vibhushan Pandit Jasraj ji, making him the 7th generation of Mewati Gharana.

Shri. Tribhuwan Maharaj is the grandson of Pt Birju Maharaj and a 9th generation Kathak performer.

Prof Vasant Kiran is a Bharatnatyam and Kuchipudi dancer, and exceptional Nattuvanar.

Richa Sharma is an Indian film playback singer as well as a devotional singer.

Smt. Arupa Gayatri is an Assistant professor for Odissi at Sri Sri University.

Sarod Sisters, Troilee & Moisilee of Senia-Maihar Gharana. They are popularly known as the “Sarod Sisters” in the fraternity of Indian Classical Instrumental Music.

Why Bhaav?

The journey of any art begins with first imbibing the vocabulary of the art form into the body or the sthul sharir, which connects with sagun sākara [both quality and form]. The next step is the transference of the effects of these movements into the physiological inner space or the sukshma sharira, which connects with sagun nirakār [with quality but no form]. This then transfers to the kārana sharira or ātma which has no form or quality. What is absorbed into this formless space within us is an intangible imprint [sanskār] that can best be described as ‘Bhaav’. It is when the performer and the spectator get connected through the nebulous thread of ‘Bhaav’ does one experience deep emotion. Bhaav – The Expressions Summit gives you an opportunity to be present in this space of spiritual communion and connect with the deepest emotions that shape our inner selves.

All the funds raised from this Summit will go towards the Gift a Smile Project. Through Gift a Smile, The Art of Living provides free value-based & holistic education by Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar to 80,207 underprivileged children through 982 schools in rural, tribal & slum areas in 22 states of India.
Uniforms, textbooks, bags, stationery, mid-day meals, shoes, socks & in some cases even transportation are provided to the children free of cost. The practice of yoga & meditation is integrated into the curriculum of the school along with co-curricular activities such as dance, drama, sports, arts and crafts, literary competitions, celebrating festivals & important days, tree planting campaigns, and educational trips ensure the all-round growth & development of the child.

The Art Experiences

Performances by Maestros of Indian Classical  Dance and Music curated especially by WFAC for BHAAV – The Expressions Summit 2023.

In-depth Lecture demonstrations by Maestros where delegates will get to understand how to appreciate the nuances of the art form.

Immersive learning experiences where the delegate can learn folk dance and music, music and dance therapy, make handicrafts and indigenous art, and the role of art in mental wellness.

Attend panel discussions with Maestros of India on aspects such as making art a part of daily life, art therapy, and art appreciation.

Intimate and informal concerts exploring genres such as Ghazal, Thumri and  light classical art forms.

A gala dinner with delicious sattvic, vegetarian cuisine with an opportunity to network with the Maestros.

Performances of Folk dances that weave together the magic of Indian communities and their coming together.

Wellness Experiences

Experience dynamism and stillness through music during Satsang evenings with Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.

Knowledge session with Gurudev Sri Sri Ravishankar.

Delegates will begin each morning with Yoga, Meditation and Pranayama (Happiness Course/Sahaj Samadhi Course or Reconnect)

Every meal at BHAAV 2023 – The Expression Summit will feature different sattvic, vegetarian cuisine from India’s diverse culture, delighting the taste buds of the delegates.

Complimentary naadi pariksha (pulse diagnosis) plus a discount voucher for relaxing Panchakarma Spa therapies for every delegate.

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About World Forum For Art & Culture

The World Forum for Art & Culture (WFAC) was formally founded in October 2020, during the pandemic with the idea of uniting the world through art.  As the cultural arm of the Art of Living, well known for its mega-scale cultural events in various parts of the country and the world, WFAC realises its founder Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s vision of Vasudaiva Kutumbakam or a one-world family.

2.8 million artists from 180 countries, 12 Guinness records, 2 World Culture Festivals and a 1 world family are but a few of its achievements in just the last couple of decades, focussing on making life a celebration.

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26 - 28 January 2023

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