Embassy of India
Melodious Indian Orchestra 'Vadya Vrinda' performs in Indonesia
As part of ‘Sahabat India – The Festival of India in Indonesia’, a 15-member orchestra group “Vadya Vrinda” performed in Pakuan University in Bogor on 16 June 2015. The premier orchestra of India was started in 1952 in All India Radio, New Delhi, by the legendary Sitar Player, Pandit Ravi Shankar. The famous orchestra mostly uses the traditional Indian music instruments such as Tanpura, Sitar, Sarod, Tabla, Dholak, Saraswati Veena, Shehnai and Flute and western music instruments like violin and guitar. The melodious notes of Vadya Vrinda mesmerized the audience in Pakuan University. The soulful rendition of Indian national song “Vande Mataram” followed by short music pieces “Overtures” and “Utsav” assured the audience that they were listening to some great musicians. This was followed by medley of evergreen popular songs from Bollywood films which instantly attracted all the audience. Mr. Manish, Deputy Chief of Mission Dr. Bibin Rubini, Rector of the University, Mr. Subandi Al Marsudi, Founder of the Pakuan University, senior faculty members and students watched the tuneful performance.
To welcome their guests from India, the students of Pakuan University attired in colourful traditional costumes performed West Javanese folk dances. The students of JNICC also complimented the act by presenting dancing, music and yoga performances. The event also marked beginning of cooperation between the Embassy of India and the University of Pakuan. A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Embassy of India and University of Pakuan by Mr. Manish, Deputy Chief of Mission and Dr. Bibin Rubini, Rector, respectively.
Later in the evening the Vadya Vrinda orchestra also performed in the famous Jakarta Fair at Kemayoran. A lot of young musicians who have also come to perform in the Jakarta fair were impressed by the mastery of the Vadya Vrinda musicians.
Before their performance in Bogor and Jakarta, the Vadya Vrinda orchestra has performed in Medan, Makassar and Bali Art Festival where their performances were much appreciated and applauded.
Bali: The Indian artistes participated in the cultural parade on the opening day of the Bali Art Festival on 13 June 2015 at Jalan Niti Mandala in central Denpasar and played Vande Mataram, a patriotic song and Ram Dhun, one of the favourite bhanjans of Mahatma Gandhi, and ensemble of popular Bollywood songs. The cultural parade was inaugurated by the Minister of Tourism of Indonesia, representing the President of Indonesia, besides the Governor of the Province of Bali, Chairman of the Regional House of Representatives (DPRD), dignitaries & senior officials of the Regional Government of Bali and local administrations as well as members of the Bali Consular Corps, among others.
The Vadya Vrinda unit gave a more than hour-long full performance on the first day of the Bali Art Festival at Ksirarnawa Auditorium at the Bali Art Centre on 14 June 2015. The audience
repeatedly applauded their performances which included rendering of ‘Vande Mataram’ and ‘Sare Jahan Se Accha’, the patriotic songs promoting nationalism, ‘Vadiayan’ based on folk music and ‘Raag Pahadi’, ‘Overture’ & ‘Jog’ compositions with the latter based on ‘Raag Jog’, and ‘Vaishnav Jan To Tene Kahiye’ and ‘Ram Dhun’, Gandhiji’s favourite bhajans, besides an medley of popular Bollywood songs. The Director of the Vital Objects Security as well as the Chief of Intelligence of Bail Province, representatives of Military, Provincial Department of Culture, Sanggar Tarian & Music (local dance & music communities) and large number of visitors to the Bali Art Festival attended.
Makassar: Prior to visiting Bali, the Vadya Vrinda artistes performed at the Universitas Negeri Makassar (UNM) in South Sulawesi to the capacity-packed auditorium of over 700 students and invited guests, who were thoroughly enthralled by their beautiful musical compositions, including the medley of Bollywood songs popular among young Indonesians. The artistes of Trans Studio in Makassar energetically presented a Bollywood dance on the popular ‘Aja Nach Le’ song.
Speaking at the opening of Vadya Vrinda event at UNM, the Ambassador highlighted the efforts made by the Embassy and the Consulates in deepening the people-to-people connectivity between India and Indonesia, particularly in eastern Indonesia, with the focus on the young people of Makassar City. Ambassador complimented the University, the Mayor and people of Makassar for their overwhelming support to the Sahabat India – The Festival of India in Indonesia. The Mayor of Makassar City, Mr. Mohammad Ramadhan Pomanto, Rector, Prof. Dr. H. Arismunandar, Vice Rectors, Deans, lecturers & students of UNM as well as Makassar Tourism Academy (AkPar), the Head of the South Sulawesi Chapter of Indonesian Hotels & Restaurants Association (PDRI), Pak Anggiat Sinaga, attended, among others.
An ‘India Corner’ was established at the main library of UNM with books on various subjects by Indian authors as well as Bahasa Indonesia publications brought out by the Embassy on education, capacity-building, women empowerment, tourism, trade & investment expansion possibilities, classical dances, yoga & others. Books on learning of Hindi language, for which the UNM students have expressed keen desire, have also been provided in the India Corner. Several popular Bollywood movies as well as Bollywood posters, have been given to the UNM Bioskop for their regular screening.
Medan: The Vadya Vrinda musical performance was organised at Medan on 9th June 2015, at two places, Safiatul Madrassa and Sari Mutiara University. At Safiatul Madrassa, large number of students, around 2000 attended the event. The founder chairman of Madrassa Mr Sutan Naga Lubis gave a standing ovation to the performers.The event at Sari Mutiara University was attended by Rector Mrs. Ivan Elizabeth, Deputy Rectors, Dean of all Faculty, teachers and large number of students. Approximatelly around 1000 students attended the event. The Vadya Vrinda performance was well received in Medan and widely appreciated by the local population.
The famous orchestra of All India Radio was sent for performing in the “Sahabat India – the Festival of India in Indonesia” by the courtesy of Sangeet Kala Akademi, New Delhi, and Ministry of Culture, Government of India.
Vadya Vrinda performance at Jakarta Fair, Kemayoran
At Bali Art Festival
Jakarta: 22 June 2015