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Binay Krishna Baral, bansuri - performer and teacher

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Breaking News: Maharishi Gandharva Veda Flute and Tabla course at International Capital Seelisberg, Switzerlands:

20th – 27th August 2010

In this course students will get to know about flute and tabla and how to play, and will be watching Maharishi’s tape on Gandharva Veda Music, and then students will also learn on flute different alankaras – embellishments, one raga with introduction/Alap, composition, rhythmic improvisation and different cycles of rhythm. At the end students will do presentation together on the stage.

Course fee: 430 – 450 Sfr flute included

Food and accommodation: SFr. 65.00 – 125.00 per day

Teacher: Binay Krishna Baral

Binay Krishna Baral (Bansuri, flute) and his tabla player are available in Europe between 10 July to 23 July 2010 for more concerts and courses.




Send your application to: maria.odermatt@bluewin.ch
or Fax: +41 -41 825 14 14

If you are interested to organise concerts and/or a course with Binay, please contact him at bkbaral@hotmail.com

9th Grade Girls Gandharva Veda Flute class with Binay Krishna Baral, June 2010. Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment, Fairfield, USA. Photo by Rig Gelfand.

9th Grade Boys Gandharva Flute class with Binay Krishna Baral, June 2010. Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment, Fairfield, Iowa, USA. Photo by Rig Gelfand.

Binay Krishna Baral in concert, MUM, Fairfield, Iowa, USA. Photo: Charles Liner

Binay Krishna Baral and boys flute class, 2009, MSAE, Fairfield, Iowa, USA. Photo: Erin Pillman

Binay Krishna Baral and flute class, 2009, MUM, Fairfield, Iowa, USA. Behind Binay: Visiting Professor Donald Sosin (with white shirt and tie). Photo: Erin Pillman

Binay Krishna Baral and a girls class, 2008, Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment, Fairfield, Iowa, USA. Photo: June Oliver

Binay Krishna Baral and a boys class, 2008, Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment, Fairfield, Iowa, USA. Photo: June Oliver

12th Grade Boys Gandharva Veda Flute, Class December2008. Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment, with Mr. Tom Fishback, assistant principal of MSAE. Photo by David Sinton.

9th Grade Girls Gandharva Veda Flute class, October 2008. Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment.  Photo by David Sinton.

Binay Krishna Baral, December 2008, Photo by David Sinton.

Binay playing for Invincibility Assembly in Mens' Dome, Fairfield, Iowa, USA, July 8 2008. Photo by Francine Leclerc.

Binay playing for Summer Celebration 2008 at Maharishi Invincibility Center, Fairfield, Iowa, USA. Photo by Francine Leclerc.


Binay (right) with students of Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment at MUM, Fairfield, Iowa, USA. January 2008

Binay Krishna Baral, at MUM, Jan. 2008. Photos: Francine Leclerc.


"I consider studying Gandharva Veda at MUM to be one of the great blessings in my life. Not only was I learning a form of music that I could actually feel aligning my body towards a more enjoyable and healthy state of being, but the way I was learning was a blessing in itself. Binayji, the flute teacher, inspired a relationship and willingness to learn that I had never before experienced in a classroom. His soft presentation of the truths of music (and through music, life) opened up my heart so that there were no obstructions to the flow of knowledge. In this way I was able to learn a lot in a short amount of time, and grow more in one block, than many people do in years. I have been very fortunate in this life...."

Justin Cutter, a Master's student in Vedic Science at Maharishi University of Management.


"We have both been professionally trained in Western Classical Music since we were in grade school and have had the privilege of studing with prestigious European, Japanese and American teachers at performance prepratory shcools and at one of the top American music conservatories. After arriving at Maharishi University of Management we were overjoyed to come across a master of Gandharva flute, Mr. Binay Krishna Baral. Sitting with Mr. Baral and receiving a truly heart to heart instruction of music is experiencing music in its purest form, as the vibrations of nature and as the divine, devotional songs of creation. Our lessons of Gandharva Veda flute is the experience of the most pure expression of music and the process of instruction and the knowledge that comes from Mr. Binay are the very basis for the full development of the musician. Mr. Baral fully nurtures the student so that each lesson is much more than receiving this knowledge. We hope to convey our deepest love and gratitude for Mr. Baral, our yearning for the connection to music has been fulfilled and now there is pure enjoyment of the process with no more angst for results or perfection".

Karen Aoki, Bachelor of Music, Flute Performance, Eastman School of Music. Currently a Master's student in Vedic Science at Maharishi University of Management.

Ian Fry, Bachelor of Music: Double Major: Jazz Contemporary Music, Classical Percussion Performance, Eastman School of Music; Currently a Master's student in Vedic Science at Maharishi University of Management.

"Mr. Binay Krishna Baral is a caring teacher who is always in tune with the needs of his students. He is able to teach the essence of the knowledge of Gandharva Veda music through his example. Sometimes with just a nod of his head he can correct us and guide us on the path. His stories make the learning experience joyful and personal. Binay is a happy man".

Soren Pearson, a Master's student in Vedic Science at Maharishi University of Management.


"Binay Krishna Baral has been my teacher for over three years. In this time I have learned the joys of making music. Binay Ji is a very patient and understanding teacher. He truly wants his students to be happy, to evolve in their music, and to evolve in all areas of life. His understanding of Gandharva Veda is so full that in his lessons he often relates the piece of music we are playing to life in general, this accomplishes two things: a better understanding of how to play, and a better understanding of that area of life.Binay Ji's class is so much more than a flute class. I have not only become a happy musician, I have also learned much about myself and the world".

Mr. Josh Adams, Upper School 12th Grade at Maharishi School of Age of Enlightenment Fairfield, Iowa, USA.


"Since 1988 I have been traveling (and performing concerts to audiences world-wide) in India, Europe, the United Kingdom, the Middle-East, Russia for the Maharishi's Festival of Music for World Peace and now in the USA.   I have found that Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa, is the most ideal University on Earth. Each faculty is an ideal model for Consciousness -Based Education and I feel extremely happy and fortunate to be one of the faculty and to teach Gandharva Veda Music, the Eternal Melody of Nature both at Maharishi School and MUM".

Binay Krishna Baral. Instructor, Institute of Maharishi Gandharva Veda Music. Maharishi University of Managemnet. Fairfield, Iowa-52557, USA. Tel: 641 470 1357 Email: bbaral@mum.edu


9th Grade Girls, Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment performing Gandharva Veda Music on flutes in the concert in January, 2007. Photo by: June Oliver.


Binay Krishna Baral  and five of his students gave a concert on 31 January 2007 at MUM at the Student Union Theatre.


Binay Krishna Baral and Flute Class at Maharishi School, MUM

Binay Krishna Baral with classes at Maharishi School, Fairfield, Iowa, USA.

(Photos by June Oliver)

5th and 6th Grad Boys Gandharva Flute Class with Binay Krishna Baral at Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment at MUM, Fairfield, Iowa

Upper School Girls Gandharva Flute Class with Binay Krishna Baral at Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment at MUM, Fairfield, Iowa


Binay receiving the Maharishi Award, at Maharishi University of Management, 

Fairfield, Iowa, USA,18th March 2004.

Left: Isabelle Matzkin, Director of Institute of Maharishi Gandharva Veda

Right: Penny Minkler, Assistent to the Deans of Faculty, MUM.

(Photo by Philip Avner Costeff)


Binay, receiving the 2nd Maharishi Award, at Maharishi University of Management, 

Fairfield, Iowa, USA, on 21 June 2006.

Left: Dr Wally DeVasier, Director, Maharishi Invincibility Center, Fairfield, Iowa.

Right: Dr Craig Pearson, Executive Vicepresident, MUM.

(Photo by Philip Avner Costeff)



Letter in support of Mr. Binay Krishna Baral

May 14, 2005


"I am writing this letter in support of Mr. Binay Krishna Baral as a performer and instructor of Maharishi Gandharva Veda Music at Maharishi University of Management and Maharishi School of the AGe of Enlightenment Fairfield, Iowa USA.

Mr. Baral has been employed in this capacity for three years. We have employed a variety of Gandharva musicians/instructors since 1988, and Mr. Baral has been the most professional and ideal faculty member. He is an expert musician and performer on the bansuri (bamboo) flute. As an instructor, he teaches students ranging from young children to our University students to adults in the community students with a wide range of ability and skill. A very empathetic, patient, and giving man, he takes people from where they are, and with great skill, elevates them to ever higher levels. He enjoys the respect of all the students his students. He teaches whole classes of students at Maharishi School and is excellent in working with groups: the group concerts his students give are popular and well received. This year we have a student who transferred from a New York University, a classically trained flutist. She was attracted to enroll at our University to be trained in classical Indian flute. She had visited the University last year, met Mr. Baral, and was so impressed that she made this commitment to study here with him.

Mr. Baral is also profoundly grounded in our University's approach to teaching Consciousness-Bassed education. He has a deep appreciation for our Founder, His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, and a deep understanding of the Vedic Science that Maharishi has brought to light from the ancient Vedic tradition of India. Mr. Baral practices the Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi programs, including Yogic Flying, with great dedication. He is the only Gandharva musician who has been in our employ who has gone on to learn the advance TM-Sidhi program.

Finally, as a performer, Mr. Baral is superb. He graces our community with monthly concerts. One would need only ask anyone who attends his concerts to hear a testimony to his skill and the power of his performances to transport his audiences to increasingly subtle realms of experience and to enliven every level of their life.

We feel fortunate to have a musician and performer of Mr. Baral's skill, experience, and dedication at our University, and we look forward to his continuing as a member of our faculty for many years."

Dr Craig Pearson
Executive Vice-President
Maharishi University of management
Fairfield, Iowa USA.


A Statement about Binay Krishna Baral

    I have been at the Maharishi School in Fairfield, Iowa for eighteen years.  During those years I have had the great opportunity to watch and participate in the Maharishi Gandharva Veda classes since the program's inception.  I have observed many excellent teachers over those years.  However, one teacher Binay Krishna Baral, stands out from the rest.
    Considering the differences in Indian and American culture, language, and education systems, it must be a formidable challenge for the Gandharvans who come here to teach.  Be that as it may, Binay has been completely successful in all areas.,
    Classroom management is an area many teachers find challenging,  Binay has implemented many effective and creative musical exercises to keep the classroom focused, progressing in the right direction, and fun for the children.  Indeed, in the societal/educational climate in the United States whose goal is to "leave no child behind," Binay is never at a loss for teaching strategies that engage all levels of student performance.  For example, I have seen him deal with restless students in a unique way that is certainly way beyond a typical school teacher's knowledge.  Choosing an appropriate raga, he stopped the class and had them listen to him play.  After a few minutes the boys were much more settled and focused.
     Another important area worthy of comment is Binay's command and devotion to Maharishi's knowledge.  During his classes he often connects his lesson  to Maharishi's Vedic Science, as clearly and effectively as a Governor or MUM professor.
    In the final analysis "the proof is in the tasting of the pudding" as Maharishi is fond of saying.  Binay's students make huge progress through the weeks of their lessons.  When they start, most are challenged to even get a sound out of their flute, but by the end of the quarter under Binay's masterful guidance,  most are playing ragas!  Binay Krishna Baral is truly an outstanding teacher by any criteria.  I truly hope that Binayji will be with us at our school for years to come.

   Tom Fishback

   Assistant Principal

A young master of the Indian bamboo flute-the Bansuri

Binay Krishna Baral was born in Calcutta in 1959.

He began his study under the influence of his uncle, Sri Herambar Roy, then under the guidance of Professor Gopal Chandra Roy. He then continued under Professor Pranab Mukherjee and Professor Deba Prasad Banerjee, world-renowned Bansuri Masters and exponents of the Indian classical tradition. This tradition represents the total and profound revival of the ancient and pure form of 'the music of Nature'-Gandharva Veda, which
creates balance both in the individual and in the environment. Binay continues to train under Sri Partho Das and Sri Nirmalya Dev, well-known Sitar Maestro and Dhrupad singer, respectively, and under the continued guidance of Guru Shishya Parampara.

Binay took an MA in Philosophy in 1984.

Subsequently, HE WAS AWARDED AN INDIAN GOVERNMENT SCHOLARSHIP for advanced flute studies and went on to achieve an MA in Instrumental Music from the Rabindra Bharatri University, Calcutta, in 1987.

In 1988 he was awarded a Bachelor's Degree in Teaching (BT), while at the same time he had been performing his music regularly on All India Radio (Calcutta).

Since 1988 Binay has been on tour, performing in concert for Maharishi Festivals of Music for World Peace in England, Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland, Yugoslavia, Holland, Russia, Israel, Scotland, Austria, Spain, Portugal, Denmark, Sweden. During this time he has also been teaching and conducting workshops for appreciative students in these countries.

His fine level of performance of the ragas and his ability to capture all the subtleties of the Swaras, or notes, has won him acclaim from audiences everywhere. In Yugoslavia, in 1990, an audience of over 2,000 enthusiastically applauded his brilliant mastery of the Bansuri and the depth of style in his performance, and in Rome in the same year he played
to an enraptured audience of over 1,300.

While in Scotland in 1992 Binay performed at one of the world's greatest celebrations of the Arts, the EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL, where he received outstanding reviews.
During his concert tours Binay has held many television and radio interviews; he has made countless hours of audio recordings for the Maharishi Channel (Veda Vision), which began broadcasting in 1998 from a global network of eight satellites that broadcast to every continent. These recordings include a special recording for the video footage of the
historic and auspicious Maha Kumbha Mela, India, in 2001.

One of the highlights of Binay's career came in October 2000 when he gave a

Binay Krishna Baral is currently performing and teaching at Maharishi University of Management, Fairfield, Iowa. See his page at http://www.mum.edu/cmvs/faculty/baral.shtml

Lalpur, R.B.C. Road,
P.O. Chakdaha
Dist. Nadia 741222 (WB), INDIA
Phone: ++91 3473 46909
Email: bkbaral@hotmail.com