Festival - Concerts of Sitar di Pandit Rabindra Narayan Goswami



Pandit Rabindra Narayan Goswami /

K.G. Westman /

Margherita Baratti /

Suvrat Apte /

Nicolò Melocchi


10-11-12th November 2023


workshops, classes, concerts


Lights of India is a programme of events promoting Indian culture in Italy.

By collaborating with Italian and international artists, it creates a bridge between East and West.

Every year, the festival features the most important Indian festivities that aim to celebrate life and strengthen relations between people and cultures.

India and Italy are two cradles of civilisation that have represented the cornerstones of aesthetics and philosophy for centuries.

The intercultural dialogue between these two countries aims to contribute to spiritual research and growth through the study of yoga, music, dance and theatre to enhance tradition through artistic innovation.

Next meeting: 11-12 November 2023


The festival of lights Diwali in India symbolises the victory of good over evil, of light prevailing over darkness, knowledge over ignorance.

In India it is experienced as an occasion to celebrate life and strengthen ties with family, friends and colleagues.

In Italy, only a few weeks before, we celebrate the dead and the saints, a millenary holiday that also invites us to relate to life and death, light and shadow.

In an intercultural context and dialogue, we propose a moment of reflection, reconnection and celebration to celebrate this important time of the year together.

The most popular legend associated with the DIWALI festival is that of King Rama's return to the city of Ayodhya after 14 years of exile in the forest.

The people of the city, upon the king's return, lit rows (avali) of lamps (dipa) in his honour: hence the name Dipawali or simply Diwali.

The coming of the Goddess Lakshmi, bringer of abundance, prosperity and wealth, both material and spiritual, is also celebrated. Rows of lamps are lit all night to welcome her.

Palazzo Caprioli will be illuminated with light during these days. There will be countless candles in the park and the 18th-century hall. A true spectacle not to be missed.

For the opening of the evening event, as is the Indian tradition, a Rangoli (Mandala) symbol of good omen will be made. During the weekend, traditional Indian music seminars, concerts and yoga classes will take place.

On Sunday, the family church of St Hadrian will open its doors for a beautiful concert of Indian music commemorating life, the dead and all saints.

"The sun, the moon, the stars, all the lights of the world can never match the light of Knowledge. Let us emerge from darkness and ignorance and realise through meditation the eternal light of the soul" (taken from Sri Vidya)



16:00-18:00 Sitar Workshop Indian Classical Music with Master Pandit Rabindra Narayan Goswami

19:00-20:00 Gong Bath


10:30 Reception

11.00 Kundalini Yoga

Margherita Baratti

11:00-13:00 Bansuri Workshop Indian classical music

Nicolò Melocchi

13:30 Lunch

14:00 Rest

16:00-18:00 Sitar Workshop Indian Classical Music with Master Pandit Rabindra Narayan Goswami

18:30 Community creation of Rangoli-Mandala

19:30 Vegetarian Dinner

21:00 Indian Classical Music Concert

Pandit Rabindra Narayan Goswami - Sitar

K.G. Westmann - Sitar

Suvrat Apte - Tabla


08.30 Kundalini Yoga

Margherita Baratti

10.00 Breakfast

11:30 Guided tour Palazzo Caprioli

12:00-13:00 Concert in the small church of Sant'Adriano - Between East and West

K.G. Westmann - Sitar

Nicolò Melocchi - Bansuri

Suvrat apte - tabla

13:00 Lunch

16:00 Sitar Workshop Indian Classical Music with maestro Pandit Rabindra Narayan Goswami

18:00 Closing

*It is possible to stay overnight at the venue.

*It is also possible to participate in only one activity



Take the opportunity to recieve guidance of one of the senior sitar masters of the ancient city of Benares. Pandit Rabindra Narayan Goswami is unique in the way that he has learnt Sitar, Surbahar and vocal from broad spectrum of Gurus of the older generation in the tradition of Maihar Gharana, Imdadkhani Gharana, Bishnupur Gharana and Dagar vani. This means that participants regardless of background and instrument can benefit from an intense weekend of practice in which there will be both group and private sessions. Focus will be on correct treatment of raga and traditional presentation of performance through Alaap Jor Jhala and the improvisations on slow and fast compositions.

The Sitar is an instrument used extensively in Indian classical music: it has twenty strings, seven plucked on top and thirteen resonance strings below, which create a very strong and sweet sound and a contemplative atmosphere. It is a wooden instrument equipped with two gourds that act as resonance boxes.The Veena, forerunner of the Sitar, is depicted in many sacred illustrations.The word 'Sitar' has Persian origins and means 'three strings' (seh, three and tar, string).In its contemporary form it is constructed from wood (teak or mahogany), metal, bone and a gourd. The wooden handle, which is slightly hollow, ends in a large resonance chamber made from an empty gourd.The resonance chamber (gourd) serves as a base for the right hand to balance the instrument.A wire plectrum, called a mizrab, is worn in the right index finger to pluck the strings on the upper level. The left hand is used to control the melody.The sitar belongs to the group of chordophones and is a member of the plucked lute family with a fretted neck.The special feature of the sitar is the use of the Mind technique, i.e. the use of lateral string tension; this technique is uniquely Indian.

The lessons are suitable for everyone, both beginners and advanced. (Depending on enrolment we will create different groups with teachers).

Teacher: Pandit Rabindra Narayan Goswami


The bansuri (or Indian flute or bamboo flute) is a type of transverse flute, one of the oldest musical instruments in Indian classical music: it appears to have been developed independently of Western flutes. The Hindu deity Krishna is said to be a master of the instrument, as is Gaṇesha the elephant-headed deity, often depicted in the act of playing a flute.

Indian flutes are very simple instruments compared to modern Western concert flutes; they are made from bamboo reeds and are keyless.

The playing technique differs from that of the Western transverse flute in that it is the phalanges of the fingers that grip the holes and not the fingertips. This grip technique allows the musician to be able to close the holes with extreme agility and precision, enabling him to create glissato effects and even minimal portions of tone, effects otherwise uncomfortable to achieve with the Western setting.

The Bansuri has six finger holes and one sound hole; it is mainly played in Hindustani music, the music of northern India, and is also played in Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

Lessons are conducted in the traditional Indian learning method 'Guru Shishya Parampara' in which music is transmitted orally, with emphasis on technique, melodic ornamentation and Raaga interpretation.

Classes are suitable for everyone, both beginners and advanced. (Depending on enrolment we will create different groups with the teacher).

Teacher: Nicolò Nelocchi

Timetable to be agreed with the teacher


Kundalini yoga, also known as 'yoga of awareness', is a practice that has its roots in the ancient Tantric texts, but has been widely spread in the western world since the 1960s.

Together with Hatha, Raja, Laya and Mantra Yoga, Kundalini is part of a current of Tantrism that for a long time was kept secret and only handed down orally, from Master to disciple. And if Hatha Yoga represented the more 'physical' aspect of the practice, Kundalini was first and foremost its energetic science.

The awakening of the Kundalini, or rather, the individual's awareness of this dormant force, can take place in a gradual and controlled manner, but sometimes it is an explosive and sudden event that can bring profound and lasting changes on the physical, psychological and spiritual levels: for this reason it was long believed that its knowledge was only destined for students on a long initiatory path.

The popularisation of the teachings of Kundalini Yoga to the general public is quite recent and is due to the efforts of Master Yogi Bhajan, who introduced the practice to the United States in the late 1960s. Here it developed and found fertile ground for dissemination, because, in Yogi Bhajan's words, 'This is not yoga that is practised in solitude on a mountaintop and out of reality, it was taught for people who work, who have families, and who are subjected to everyday stresses: in the modern world in which we live there is a tremendous pressure, silent but precise, that upsets us and possesses us, to the point that we do not know whether we are real or not'.

Teacher: Margherita Baratti


Rangoli are traditional Indian designs made freehand on the floor, using rice flour or other powders. These decorative works of art are believed to bring good luck into the home and have always been a staple of Indian tradition and culture.Every year in October or November, Indians celebrate Diwali, also known as the 'festival of lights', the most important event in the country. The festival falls on the fifteenth day of the Hindu month of Kartika, which this year corresponds to 7 November. On this occasion, homeowners create beautiful designs outside and inside their homes to invoke positivity, prosperity and happiness.

Free activity and open to all!


Concert | 25 euros

Indian dinner | 25 euro

Lunch | 15 euro

Group class (Yoga / Bansuri) | 25 euro

3 Days Workshop Sitar | 105 euro

1 Day Workshop Sitar | 40 euro

Private Music class (Bansuri / Sitar) | 40 euro

Saturday only package | 130 euro (including annual membership of 30 euro to the Palazzo Caprioli association)

Two days package | 200 euro (including annual membership of 30 euro to Palazzo Caprioli association)


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