‘Shunyata’: A scintillating ballet performance

The National Foundation for Communal Harmony in collaboration with Guru Shovana Naryan and Monks of the Sherbaling Seat presented a unique blend of dance and music production ''Shunyata'' on 30th September 2014 at Kamani Auditorium, New Delhi to promote inter-faith understanding and social integration. The programme featured Grammy Award winners, Buddhist monks of Palpung Sherbaling Monastic Seat and Guru Shovana Narayan, the famous Padmashri and Sangeet Natak Academy Awardee. This dance and musical production essayed the philosophy of Shakyamuni Gautam Buddha.

Guru Shovana Narayan is considered an exquisite choreographer and performer because of her art style. She is the recipient of Padmashri for her immense contribution to propagation and popularization Indian art, culture and dance. She has redefined the ethos and vocabulary of Kathak bestowing it with dignity and enriching it with a deeper and wider canvas of expressions and dimensions. She has extended the boundaries of Kathak to unchartered literary territories and sensitive social issues exhibiting social activism, a silent and aesthetic voice against oppression of all kinds that have proved to be trend setters.

The Grammy Award winning monks of Palpung Sherabling Monastic Seat chant and dance with joyous abandon as they perform various pujas and rituals. They performed a unique fusion of philosophy and culture of two religions which have been cradle of Buddhism for centuries.

The programme also involved ample contributions from Shri Naresh Kapuria, one of the most contemporary dance artists; Ms. Aparna Sanyal, a multiple Award winning film Director; and Pt. Jwala Prasad, an outstanding music composer of classical music.

In his opening remarks, Amb. Ashok Sajjanhar, Secretary NFCH thanked Guru Shovana Narayan and Guru Tai Situpa Rinpoche Ji for their support and collaboration in putting together the inspiring and moving ballet performance. He emphasized the contribution and activities of the Foundation in promoting social harmony, amity and brotherhood among citizents of the country.

This dance and musical event was graced by Dr. (Mrs.) Najma Heptullah, Union Minister for Minority Affairs as Chief Guest and Dr. Murli Manohar Joshi, MP and former Union Minister for HRD as Special Guest. Other eminent guests included Shri Salman Khursheed, former Union Minister; Ms. Meira Kumar, former Speaker, Lok Sabha; Shri Tejender Khanna, former LG, Delhi; Shri Shekhar Dutt, MP; Ambassadors, beurocrats; reputed artistes and others.