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Presented by Navatman and Jiva Performing Arts

Navatman and Jiva Performing Arts present Pallavi Series, showcasing 3 different instrumental performances over 2 nights - April 5th and May 3rd. The Pallavi Series features leading Indian Classical musicians from India and the US in highly intimate settings, where the artists and audience come together in close proximity to share in an interactive musical experience. This concert format that has its roots in ancient India where musicians would give small performances in temples and royal courts. Come join us in an exploration of the diversity of classical Indian music styles. Tickets are available at www.navatman.org/tickets


Any one concert
USD15 Pre-sale
USD20 At the door

Both concerts on April 5th
USD25 Pre-sale
Discount code: TWOFER
USD35 At the door

Jay Gandhi
Date: April 5th
Time: 6PM
Venue: Navatman Studios

A truly outstanding young disciple of the world renowned bansuri maestro, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, Jay Gandhi initially trained in vocal music under Smt. Kum Kum Sanyal and later bansuri under Pt. Ronu Majumdar, Pt. Vijay Raghav Rao and Pt. Raghunath Seth. Inspired to gain deeper knowledge of both the gayaki ang (vocal style) as well as the tantrakari ang (stringed instrument style), Jay has also taken guidance from Pt Vidyadhar Vyas (vocal) and Pt. Nayan Ghosh (sitar, tabla).

A recipient of the prestigious AIIS Performing Arts Fellowship, Jay has performed to great acclaim for audiences across the globe, enthralling audiences in India, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and North America. More at www.jaygandhi.com

Accompanist: Ehren Hansen on Tabla

Violin Duo: Dr. M. Lalitha & M. Nandini
Date: April 5th
Time: 8PM
Venue: Navatman Studios

They have been endowed with a sweet and rich tone, which along with their innate artistry and technical brilliance makes their music unique. There is a rare spirituality about their music, which soaked in bhakti bhava has endowed their music with a transcendental quality. Their rare musical insight combined with their innate artistry, technical brilliance and original creativity, has enraptured their critics and connoisseurs alike.

Their firm adherence to tradition or sampradaya suddham and patantara suddham adds credit to their style of performance. With their irresistible urge for perfection they have revolutionized the violin playing technique to great heights.

Accompanists: Bala Skandan on Mridangam, and Sriram Ramesh on Kanjira

Chitraveena: Bhargavi Balasubramanian
Date: May 3rd
Time: 6PM
Venue: Navatman Studios

Bhargavi has presented vocal and chitraveena concerts for noted organizations such as Narada Gana Sabha, Mylapore Fine Arts, Parthasarathy Swami Sabha, Chennai Fine Arts, Naada Inbam, Hamsadhwani, Carnatica, Kapali Fine Arts, Naada Brahmam, Nada Sudha during their Music Festivals in Chennai and other cities and in the Navaratri festivals in Kerala. She has played alongside her guru Ravikiran, and also presented ensemble recitals with flute, violin and percussion.

A recipient of the title "Sathya Sunada Sundaram" by the Bharatanjali Trust (Chennai), Bhargavi is also a part of Ravikiran's melodic ensemble, Vintage Virtuosos. She was one of the lead singers in IFCM's audio CD, "Oottukkadu Venkata Kavi's Kamakshi Navavarana Krtis" and "Harisamarpanam". More at www.ravikiranmusic.com

Accompanists: Bala Skandan on Mridangam, and Sriram Ramesh on Kanjira

The Pallavi Series is made possible in part with funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Harrice Miller Entertainment is a proud media partner for the Pallavi Concert Series in May

For more information go to www.navatman.org and www.jivaperformingarts.org

Weekend Yoga Workshop with Ami Jain
May 17-18, 2014
Family Yoga Workshop 2-3:30 PM
This inclusive family yoga workshop will cover the basics of alignment and breath and explore a simple but useful yoga sequence that can be practiced individually or as a family. The workshop will also discuss practical yoga philosophy and how to implement it on and off the mat. Ages 5-95
Cost: $60 for one parent and child for two days

Yoga for Dancers 3:30-5 PM This workshop will focus on strength and stretching asanas that can provide a great complement to Bharat Natyam or any other dance form. A practical sequence will be taught that can allow for increased range of motion and stability. Some pranayama or breath control will also be explored and how it ties into dance and movement. Ages 12-95
Cost: $50 for two days

For more information and to register: jivaperformingarts@gmail.com

Ragas and Rhythm for Dancers
Spring 2014

A course for dance students to introduce the concepts of Carnatic Raga (melody) and Tala (rhythm). The understanding of Carnatic music is essential for any Bharatanatyam dancer in order to internalize the rhythms and melodic complexities inherent in the music compositions for dance. This course is designed to gently introduce the dancer to the main concepts of Carnatic rhythm and melody through verbal demonstrations, discussions and practice. The goal is to strengthen the skills which will allow the dancer to become fully aware of the music they dance to, to become better and more aware artists and students, and to eventually acquire the skills necessary for teaching and creating their own work.

Classes at Lighthouse International - 111 East 59th St. NYC, 4th Floor dance studio

Fridays once a month starting February 7, March 7, April 4, May 2, June 6
Instructor: Bala Skandan

For more information contact Sonali Skandan | www.sonaliskandan.com