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Arnab Bishnu Chowdhury, is a composer - teacher - therapist, 3rd generation from a family of Indian Classical musicians from Maihar Gharana. He offers Training, Therapy & Composition services with 25 years of experience. Served as composer for MIT Media Lab.

2021 SEVA Award recipient, senior researcher at Sri Aurobindo Ashram; senior faculty at Sustainable Livelihood Institute, Govt. of Tamil Nadu (India) & Auroville; Has served as member of International Association for Music & Medicine (IAMM), International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT)

founder of 'Know Your Rhythm' - a training programme that helps participants discover their own sense of Rhythm in life and work, raising well-being, wellness, empathy, teamwork, leadership.

Know Your Rhythm is an international network of artists and therapists. contact: arnabninad[at]gmail.com, whatsapp/call +91 98940 29256

On 'Know Your Rhythm'

Engaged over 20,000 'care givers' including managers, professors, administrators, youth, teachers & students, medical practitioners with their patients, therapists, special educators at conferences and workshops in India, Austria, France, Belgium, Russia, Thailand, USA

Presented at SYTAR 2022 (Symposium on Yoga Therapy and Research, USA); 6th Conference of International Association for Music and Medicine (IAMM) at Berkelee Music & Health Institute, Boston (2020); 18th Dialogues on Humanity, Metropolis of Lyon, Govt. of France (2018); 14th World Congress for Music Therapy, Vienna, World Federation for Music Therapy (2014)

Selected among the 8 international programs to be presented as a full day Pre-Congress Seminar with CME accreditation at 14th World Congress for Music Therapy at Dept. of Music Therapy, University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna (2014)

Published over 20 papers, case studies, chapters, articles in publications such as Springer Nature (Palgrave Macmillan), International Journal of Pharma and Bio Sciences, Open Yoga Journal, International Journal of Yoga - Philosophy, Psychology and Parapsychology, Club of Amsterdam Journal, Yoga Therapy Today, WONCA (World Organisation for Family Doctors) newsletter, Namah Journal, MIT Technology Review

Applied therapeutic music compositions at hospitals, clinics, wellness centres, Yoga studios in India and USA

Experiences

Shanti Mantra- dedicated to peace and well-being celebrating 10th International Yoga Day, closing mantra for Common Yoga Protocol, Ministry of Ayush, Govt. of India
released during the scientific presentation on Know Your Rhythm at the national seminar 'Harmonious Healing: Integrating Music and Yoga Therapy for Wellbeing', organised by Advanced Center for Yoga Therapy Education & Research (ACYTER), Department of Physiology, JIPMER (Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research), an institution of National Importance, under Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of India. JIPMER is one of the top 5 medical institutions in India

Seva award winner for 2021 - honoured to receive it from International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT)
for Project Susthiti, our online healing program blending Yoga Therapy and Music Therapy for Covid healthcare workers

Koham-Soham (Who am I? I am That): our meditative film inspired by Sri Aurobindo's poem 'Who', released for Sri Aurobindo's 150th birth anniversary and India's 75th Independence Day on August 15th 2022.

Our film trailer was part of the program led by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi during the launch of Sri Aurobindo's commemorative coin and stamp, 13th December 2022.

Playlist: Prelude - Alaap, Part 1: Multiplicity, Part 2: Attributes, Part 3: Enlightenment

The magic harp of Leela the fairy - music excerpt from our musical tale on love and transformation created for children with special needs and orphans, premiered at Rachmaninoff hall, Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Moscow, under Russian Ministry of Culture, December 13th, 2021.

Vuvu - the wizard of thunderstorm gets transformed into gentle rain by Leela the fairy. Our story was narrated by senior Russian actor Mr.Petr Tararizky. Our composition explores the healing properties of Indian classical Ragas (melodic modes) in orchestral form. Our program was reviewed by Karusel TV, a Russian television channel dedicated to children and youth.

In March 2024, ‘The magic harp of Leela the fairy’ won the 1st prize for orchestral composition from Pushkin Hall of Culture, city govt. of Saint Petersburg with special mention of ‘blending of Indian and Russian cultures’.

AUM TAT SAT (All That is Truth): film from our Nritya Yoga (Indian ballet) performance at Amphitheatre, Matrimandir, Auroville, 30th August,2023.
script & music composition by Arnab; choreography by Madhumita Patnaik, Devasmita Patnaik, Grace Gitadelila; co-created with 50 artists from Europe, Russia, USA, Sri Aurobindo Ashram and Auroville. AUM TAT SAT was re-performed at Kamaraj Mani Mandapam auditorium, invited by Department of Art & Culture, Govt. of Puducherry, India

'Playing with Sunlight - Re-imagining our world beyond Covid' dedicated to all the Covid healthcare workers across the world, released on National Doctor's Day, July 1st, 2021; premiered at SYTAR 2021 (Symposium on Yoga Therapy and Research, USA)

'Spandan' - Pulsation - live composition-performance as final artist of the opening ceremony
Spandan evokes Empathy via a recurring theme based on Raga Kafi (piano, tabla, orchestral) for a live 1,500 member audience from 40 countries, with Mr.Wolfgang Sobotka, former Minister of the Interior and music conductor, Austria, as chief guest.
at 14th World Congress for Music Therapy, co-hosted by University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna and IMC University of Applied Sciences, Krems
with support from Govt. of Austria, July 2014. This program was live broadcast by ORF TV, Austria's leading public broadcaster.

'Know Your Rhythm' was among the 8 training programmes selected by
World Federation for Music Therapy (WFMT) to be presented as a full day Pre-Congress Seminar with CME accreditation.

‘Ta Na Na’ - a musical phonetics-based song
with 10 special educators with their 60 students with special needs, Special School, CERTH-India Hospital, Pondicherry

presented as participative therapy at
the 4th International Conference of International Association for Music and Medicine (IAMM), Beijing, June 2016, as part of our paper presentation; based on a 2 year Know Your Rhythm training program

On the occasion of Gita Jayanti, 18th December 2018, Dakshina Chanting group chanted the Gita in full i.e. 700 verses across 18 chapters across 3,5 hours at Savitri Bhavan, Auroville. Presenting a few shlokas from Chapter 11: Vishwarupa Darshan Yogah or The Yoga of the Vision of the World-Spirit. This training began with Know Your Rhythm in early 2017 with Dakshina Chanting group, Auroville.


L'aurore s'allume - poetry-music composition, with from the opening stanzas of the iconic poem of Victor Hugo at 18th Dialogues en humanité (Dialogues on Humanity conference) on 6th July 2018 at the Parc de la Tête d'or, Lyon, France, organised by the Metropolis of Lyon, Govt. of France, with Mr.Jean-Marc Ayrault, former Prime Minister of France, as chief guest. Dialogues en humanité emerged out the 2nd Earth Summit (2002).

'My Forest has a Face'- a short film on Auroville's Pitchandikulam forest shown at United Nations Forum on Forests (New York, 2013) and 3rd International Water Symposium (Tamera, Portugal, 2013).

'A God's Labour'- theatrical presentation in 5 movements, centered on 'A God's Labour', a poem on spiritual transformation by Sri Aurobindo written in 1935-36.
Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education (SAICE) celebrated its 71st anniversary on 1st December 2014. Venue: Sri Aurobindo Ashram Theatre, Puducherry, India.

Last update 21st June 2024, email arnabninad[at]gmail.com, Whatsapp or call +91 98 94 02 92 56