NIAS-CSP Friday Online Lecture on "Breathe in Life, Breathe out Music"


 NIAS-CSP Friday Online Lecture 

Organised by NIAS Consciousness Studies Programme, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Indian Institute of Science campus, Bengaluru 560012

Topic: "Breathe in Life, Breathe out Music"

Speaker: Nitin Donde 

Introduction & About NIAS CSP Friday Lectures: Niharika Sharma

Chairperson: Amrutha M.K.

Date: 23rd October 2020


Time: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm 

Venue: Zoom online meeting - RSVP to with your full name and Institute/Affiliation/Address to receive the Zoom link and attend the lecture

About the Speaker: Nitin Donde has been living his passion for the arts in a digital world. Photography, classical animation and film making, working with children and traditional tribal artists have taken him from remote villages to International film festivals. He has extensive teaching experience in the field of animation film making and has won awards including the Golden Snail Grand Prix Prize, Serbia and First Prize, Eye of Animation, Denmark.

Abstract: From the first breath we inhale at birth (Prāṇa) to the last breath we exhale at death (Dhwani) – this is our life-span. The experimental film I am sharing is about this beauty of life. The film is inspired by the Taittiriya Upanishad. Every breath we inhale gives us life (Prāṇa). When we exhale we have a choice: to be silent or to make a sound (Dhwani). If the sound we make is artistic, aesthetic, musical... it is beautiful. The present moment is transitory. To be aware of it and to live the moment consciously helps reveal the beauty in the transitory. I have tried to capture this transitory beauty in nature. I am showing you a few images from my book “Water is bliss” inspired by the hymns on water from the Rig Veda. While you enjoy this visual delight, I will read a few of my short poems, "From the first cry to the last sigh!".

If you have a question or a suggestion for a speaker, email the Coordinators of NIAS CSP Friday Lecture - Niharika Sharma and Meera Kumar Menon.  

Friday, October 23, 2020