Bhavalaya Photo Contest award ceremony to be held on Sep 13 2013

On 07-06-2013

Bhavalaya Photo Contest-2013 From 10th May, 2013 to 30th May, 2013 within Sultanate of Oman. 
The theme is Beauty of Nature.Bhavalaya Photo Contest-2013 From 10th May, 2013 to 30th May, 2013 within Sultanate of Oman. The theme was Beauty of Nature.The Award ceremony will be 13th September,2013 at Al Bustan Palace Hotel.
The winners for Bhavalaya Photo Contest 2013 are as follows:
Category: 8 yrs – 13 yrs1st Prize – Robert Joseph2nd Prize – Karthikeyan Senthilvelan3rd prize – Mohd Zeeshan Shoukat Mukhari
Category: 13 yrs – 18 yrs1st Prize – Manoj Kumar Bains2nd Prize – Anjali Prem3rd prize – Ashwin Titus
Category: 18 yrs and above1st Prize – Prakash Wadhwani2nd Prize – Sanak Roy Choudhury3rd prize – Joseph Yohannan
You can see the winning pictures in the new album.

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On 23-12-2011

Bhavalaya winter workshopWINTER WORKSHOP

Location: Al Falaj  Hotel                                                                     

Date : 10th Dec - 30th Dec 2011

Timing: 9:00am-12:pm

Days: Saturday-Wednesday

Age Group: 5-15 years


CONTACT:  98053686,  96063261


Dance, Yoga, Paper Quilling, Origami, Glass,Warli Painting,Calligraphy,  Expertise Sudoku

 Personality Development,Quiz, Fun activities,Lots of Surprises……



Global platform for promotion of Arts & Culture




 ‘Bhavalaya’  - the center for promoting and propagating universal arts in general – Muscat Chapter has this time come up with a unique programme for the school children in Muscat.  ‘Bhavalaya’s Winter Camp 2011’ for children in the age group of 5 to 15 is being held in Al Falaj Hotel, Ruwi, starting from December 10, 2011 till December 30, 2011.

 The Winter Workshop aimed at nourishing the creative abilities in children and also inspiring them with the basics for their personality development, through fun-filled games and various activities, is spearheaded and conducted by well experienced faculties Ms Sangeeta Rachh and Ms Nipa Shah, who have in the past very successfully anchored such events back in India and Oman.  M/s Majan Events & Entertainments is the Co-ordinator of the event.

 The inaugural ceremony of the Winter Workshop was held in Le Grand Hall of Al Falaj Hotel, Ruwi on Saturday, 10th December morning by the Chairman of ‘Bhavalaya’, Dr J Retnakumar. The relevance and importance of grooming sessions for the school going children so as to bring out their artistic talents as well as  shaping up for their personality development through this kind of Workshop was  emphasized by Dr J Retnakumar in his brief speech after lighting the lamp.  Dignitaries from various sections of the society - Mr Anvwar Ali Al Balushi - Group CEO of Majan Consolidated, Mr Saileswaran - Managing Director, Apollo Hospitals,  Mr Sivasankara Pillai – Director, Mars Trading, Sheikh Kaleem – Managing Director of Majan Events & Entertainments, Mr Sudheer Paleri, General Manager of  MEMA (franchisee of Asianet Television Channel) - were present at the inaugural function. 

 ‘Bhavalaya’ a non-commercial organization purely concentrating for the cultural integration of various countries by linking and exchanging of various cultural and art forms, established its Oman Chapter in 2010 and since then quite a few classic programmes were presented by ‘Bhavalaya’  performed by renowned artistes of Classical Music &  Dance, for the art lovers in and around Muscat.

 Parents of the interested children can contact  96063261 / 98053686 for more information and details about the Workshop.  The grand finale of the Winter Workshop is scheduled to be held on 2nd January 2012 at Hotel Al Falaj in which along with parents of the children participating in the Workshop and various dignitaries are expected to be present.  




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Launching ceremony of VISHU PAKSHY PADUNNU

On 13-05-2011

BHAVALAYA, the global platform for promotion of Art & Culture,organized the release of its second musical  album “Vishupakshikal Padunnu” which was composed by Jnanapeeth award winner Padmavibhushan ONV Kurup. The music direction was by Shri. Arjunan Master and sung by various popular playback singers of the Malayalam film industry. The music album was released in Trivandrum at the Nishagandhi auditorium by the Honourable Minister M.A. Baby to the popular music director M. Jayachandran in the presence of  the Chairman & founder of Bhavalaya Dr. J Retnakumar, Shri.O.N.V Kurup &Shri. Pirappanankodu Murali,drama celebrity and ex MLA. 
Shri. O.N.V . kurup has been composing lyrics since 1950 for the Malayalam film industry.  To add glitter to the event,  famous playback singers G. Venugopal, Kallara Gopan & Sudheep mesmerised the audience with Shri O.N.V’s composed hits songs as a tribute to the legend.

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Raag Malhaar Night

On 04-04-2011

It was a starry night filled to the brim with both bhava (emotions) and laya (movement of music) for the music lovers of Muscat. Bhavalaya, an endeavour launched by Dr J.Retnakumar to serve the international arts community marked yet another milestone by conducting mind and soul refreshing musical concert ‘Raag Malhaar’ on 25th March 2011 at Al Falaj Hotel.

An event organised by Bhavalaya to honour Hindusthani music, saw different phases of Indian art promotion that evening. Introducing awards honouring artistes for the first time, Bhavalaya recognised Hinduthani veteran artiste and guest of honour for the evening, Pandit Ramesh Narayan with ‘Taan Samrat’ award which was awarded by chief guest, ambassador of India, His Excellency Anil Wadhwa. The programme started on a devine note with a short film on Pandit Ramesh Narayan. Portraying the dedicated musician’s passion for music and devotion for his teacher and guru, eminent Pandit Jasraj, the film showed a glimpse of the humble life Padit Ramesh led and how proud he made his teacher through his contributions to music.

Setting the Guinness World Record for giving a concert for 30 hours continuously, setting schools in Kerala on Hindusthani music of ‘Mewatti gharana’ (a style in Hindusthani music), directing music for the Malayalam as well as Bengali film industry being some of his major achievements, was honoured with ‘Taan Samrat award’ and a ponnada as a token of gratitude for his laudable contributions in the field.

The event also saw award ceremony to recognise the winners of the Bhavalaya Hindushtani Singing Talent Contest that was held earlier this month. Winners Murali Ramaswami and Akhilesh Krishnan from the seniors’ group and Malavika Menon and Akshara from the juniors’ group were presented the award and an opportunity to perform that evening. 

Without much delay, another highlight of the evening – ghazal performance by renowned Hindishtani classical vocalist and popular playback singer of Indian films, Ms Gayathri and the upcoming sensation in classical and contemporary music, Mr Nishad. The magical combination of Gayathri’s effortless singing and Nishad’s lively voice with the gripping orchestra led by the famed artiste Mr Prakash Ulleri enthralled the audience in Muscat recreating the magic of classic ghazals. Popular Hindi numbers like ‘Jhoom le hass bhol le’, ‘Ahde Masti hai, log kehte hain’ and ‘Chitti aayi hai’ were some of the many appreciated songs for the evening. Gayathri and Nishad made sure not to disappoint the Malayalam audience by singing evergreen numbers like ‘Oru pushpam maathram’, Gayathri’s awards winning songs ‘Deena dayaallo raama’, ‘Enthe nee kanna’ and ‘Chanjaadi aadi’. 

HE Anil Wadhwa who felicitated the event said, “The cause of this organization being the promotion of art without diluting its purity, I wish this institution all success and hope to see it reach out global forums. India has diverse culture and art forms and to see eminent artistes like Pandit Ramesh work towards the promotion and revival of his art is humbling. Addressing the event, Retnakumar said, “This organisation is a product of my passion for art and it addresses the issue of a lack of common platform to unite global art forms. Our works not only include providing platform to showcase art-forms but also supporting yester year artistes and charity work. Through this venture we realise the power art has on the society and the power art has to change the society.”

Raag Malhaar Night

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Hindustani vocal Music Talent Hunt in Oman

On 21-03-2011

Hindustani vocal Talent search in Oman 

 Hindustani Vocal Talent search


                                          Hindustani vocal Music Talent Hunt in Oman


Bhavalaya is in the process of conducting a Hindustani Vocal Music competition for the local talents in Oman and the preliminary rounds of auditioning will be held this month at  Harmony Music Center, Al Ghubra. The competition is scheduled to be held in two categories – one category of up to 18 years  and another category of above 18 years.  The selected finalists from each category will be auditioned before the professional Hindustani Singers from India and  first, second and first runners-up will be identified from the finalist.  The  winners will be awarded in the function and the  also be given a chance to perform on 25th March 2011, in the ‘Raag Malhaar’ event.  The event will also have presence of eminent Indian personalities in Oman as well as Omani dignitaries.  The event is managed my MEMA Events division of Middle East Media & Advertising LLC. For  registration form log on to or email: .


Bhavalaya’  - a center for promoting and propagating universal arts in general and India’s varied and rich cultural art forms such as music, drama and dance etc has,  since its inception in April last year, been promoting by organizing cultural events, without diluting the purity of our rich culture and heritage and ‘Bhavalaya’ takes this opportunity to express heartiest appreciation and gratitude to Your Excellency for all the support, patronage and guidance extended to ‘Bhavalaya’ in its past happenings in the Sultanate. 



Hindustani vocals concert by eminent musicians from India.


Bhavalaya is organizing an evening of gazals & melodies, in Hindi,Malayalam & Tamil, scheduled to be held on 25th March 2011 at Le Grand Hall of Al Falaj Hotel, wherein following eminent artistes will be enthralling the Muscat audience.


  Pandit Ramesh Narayanji – an eminent and award winning exponent of Hindustani Classical music, who is a maestro vocalist of Hindustani classical, film playback singer of par excellence and music director of various award winning songs and films. He is an exponent of the legendary mewati gharana of music and he also shares the stage with the gems like Pandit Jasraaj and several others. He holds numerous awards and recognitions both nationally and internationally for his contributions in the field of Hindustani music. Pandit Ramesh Narayanji will be the Guest of Honor at the function on 25th March 2011 and will be awarded the “TAAN SAMRAAT” award by BHAVALAYA.


Ms. Gayathri – a young, well known and award winning vocalist with in-depth knowledge in Hindustani Classical Music and impeccable rendering of classical and contemporary music.  Ms. Gayathri has been performing Classical concerts and film playback singing in India as well as abroad and has won laurels and awards from Government of Kerala and various organizations.


Mr. Prakash Ulleri – a well known and reputed musician with multi-faceted talents in music – is a renowned keyboard player for the last 25 years and film music director of South Indian films.  He also holds a degree in music from the London School of Music and is the permanent keyboard player for the legendary singer Mr. Hariharan.


The event will also be accompanied by other artists like Mr. Nishad, Mr. Rison, and

Mr. Roshan who have proved their excellence as accompanists.

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Splash of creativity at Bhavalaya painting competition

On 18-11-2010

MUSCAT: Fifty students from Indian and Omani schools came together to unleash a riot of beautiful colors at the painting competition organised by Bhavalaya, the global platform for promotion of arts and culture.
The theme of the competition which was held as part of the 40th National Day festivities was the flourishing ties between Oman and India

Oman India


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Sangita Kalanidhi award for Bombay Sisters

On 23-07-2010

'Bombay Sisters' C. Saroja and C. Lalitha will receive the prestigious Sangita Kalanidhi award ofThe Music Academy and preside over the 84th annual conference to be held from December 15, 2010 to January 1, 2011. A press release of the Academy said the annual conference and concerts will be inaugurated by Shiv Nadar, Chairman, HCL group. The awards will be conferred on the Sadas, which will be presided over by Nobel laureate Venkataraman Ramakrishnan, on the final day of the conference. Ramakrishnan is a rasika and attends the Academy concerts - he attended the 2009 'season' concerts.

Rasika Seetha Ramji felicitates C. Saroja and C. Lalitha

The committee also decided to confer the Sangita Kala Acharya awards on Suguna Varadachari, vocalist, and Rhadha, dance guru. Vocalists Manakkal S. Rangarajan and Parassala Ponnammal will receive the T.T.K.Award. The musicologist award has been confered upon R. Satyanarayana. The Pappa Venkataramiah award will be given to violinist Radha Narayanan. This is only the second time in its history that the Sangita Kalanidhi award is being given to a duo. The Sikkil Sisters were confered the award in 2002. Contact numbers - C. Saroja - 044-2493 7889, C. Lalitha - 044-24463222 E-mail -

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Most popular classical Indian dances - Mohiniyattam and Bharatnatyam

On 21-07-2010

Mohiniyattam is a dance form said to have originated in Kerala. which was originally called 'Dasiyattam'. Originated as the temple dance performed by Devadasis, it portrays feminine love in its myriad forms - carnal, devotional and maternal- with accent more on Lasya and Bhava.

In the main items Cholkettu, Padavarnam and Padam, Mudras and facial expressions are more important than the rhythmic steps.Most of the component items of Mohiniyattam are similar to Bharatnatyam and Kuchipudi, though subtle differences of style is obvious. The language used in the lyrics is a pleasant mixture of Malayalam and Sanskrit, known as Manipravalam. The accompaniments for Mohiniyattam are Vocal, Veena, Venu, Maddalam and Idakka. Other instruments are also not unusual.


Bharatnatyam is one of the most popular classical Indian dances. Bharatnatyam is more popular in South Indian states of Tamil Nadu andKarnataka. The Bharatnatyam dance flourished in the Hindutemples of South India. The temple dancers (Called Devadasis or servants of god) flourished under royal patronage and religious devotion. At present Bharatnatyam is an immensely popular classical dance form of India. Bharatnatyam encompasses all the traditional aspects of classical dance: the mudras(hand positions), abhinaya (facial expressions), and padams (narrative dances). In this dance form the dancers make considerable use of hand-and-eye movements to express different emotions. Bharatnatyam is a term derived from the four most important elements of dance (in Sanskrit).

These are:

  • Bha from Bhava (emotion)
  • Ra from Raaga (music or melody)
  • Ta from Taala ( rhythm)
  • Natyam meaning dance.

The credit of reviving and popularizing the Bharatnatyam in its present form goes to Rukmini Devi, who gave it new life and respectability. Bala Saraswati, the queen of Bharatnatyam also deserves accoladesfor her work and efforts to popularize Bharatnatyam.

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Bhavalaya Inaugurated by Mallika Sarabhai , The Indian Classical Dancer

On 21-07-2010

mallika sarabhai

Mallika Sarabhai is one of the most renowned Kuchipudi and Bharatanatyam dancers in India today. As dancer, actress, choreographer, writer, or instigator of community projects she challenges audiences to sit up and think

It is her expertise and deep knowledge of two forms of Indian classical dance, Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi from Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh respectively at the root of Mallika`s performance.

Mallika Sarabhai is a celebrated classical dancer from India in the dance disciplines of Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi. She has also made her presence felt in Indian cinema and in politics. She feels that dance is a perfect medium for conveying ideas and is one of the most powerful ways to effect changes in the political, social and personal spheres.

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