Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Venunaad & 5378 Flutists
Guinness World Record in Nashik (Maharashtra)
Nashik: The Art of Living hosted a historic symphony - Venunaad- in Nashik , bringing 5378 flautists together on one platform, to write a new chapter in the history of music.
The event aimed to reinforce the power of music to spread peace and happiness, was attended by 5 lakh people. Capturing the confluence of spirituality with music, the evening was a triumph of the brilliance of Indian classical music and a spectacular demonstration of this ancient legacy of India.
Inspired by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, the event saw the flautists perform under the guiding baton of renowned flautist, Pt. Ronu Mazumdar, while the revered exponent of the instrument, Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia, was the guest of honour.
Speaking on the occasion, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar said, “Music is a very important part of our life. A child learns language afterwards, but first learns to make sounds. Today, when there is tension, depression, and terrorism, it is time that we wake up and awaken the humanness that is deeply embedded within us. “
Throwing light on the significance of the event, he said, ”A sign of an intelligent one is one who spends time in discussing knowledge, music. It has been a tradition since the times of rishis. We have seen life in totality. We have taken knowledge, music, devotion together. Only India can send the message of peace to the world.”
As a testimony to our multi-ethnic heritage and cultural vitality, flautists from all walks of life came together in this celebration of unity and harmony. These included artistes aged 5 -75 years of age.
The flautists perched on a mammoth 30,000 square feet stage enthralled the audiences with the soothing melodies, based on rag yaman. The soulful evening got a special touch when the legendary maestro Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia and Sri Sri joined the musical celebration with their flutes during the concluding ceremony which ended with the symphony of ‘Vande Mataram’
Present at the event, were numerous dignataries, politicians and businessmen. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar encouraged the citizens of Nashik to clean the three rivers - Godavari, Kapila, and Nasradi. He also urged the central and state government to treat river rejuvenation as an emergency.
Venunaad is the latest in a symphony-series hosted by The Art of Living. The organization has always made sincere efforts to increase awareness about Indian Classical music in India and around the world and to epitomize the universality & unifying power of music to spread the message of peace and harmony. Coming from different sections of society, artistes have performed together in previous concerts like:
• Naadha Vaibhavam - 5,000 Carnatic musicians 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.
The event was a part of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s two-day tour of Maharashtra, titled ‘Sounds of peace’.