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Before the curtains rise tension rises

Contemporary classical music has taken on a new life and vigour with ITC-SRA's music festivals during the last 3 decades. Many celebrated artists have played a significant role in this endeavour- Pandit V G Jog, Smt Girija Devi, Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma, Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia, Ustad Zakir Hussain, Smt Protima Bedi, Pandit Brij Bhushan Kabra and many others, along with ITC-SRA's own renowned gurus and scholars.

From 1979, every winter ITC-SRA has been organising a tour in which artistes and scholars travel together in a bus in a spirit of learning together and perform in different towns. It is a special experience that is integral to the collective living and learning at ITC-SRA. 

ITC Awardee of the year inaugurates the Sammelan by lighting the Manideep

During one such tour, Pandit Jog, Shivji, Hariji, Vijay Kichlu, Zakir Hussain and Krishna Chowdhury were walking together through a narrow lane in Patiala.

Suddenly people from behind started shouting. A bull came charging. Before the galaxy of musicians could move out of the bull's way, the bull hit Panditji. Panditji fell down, but immediately got up and started running towards the bull. Vijay Kichlu shouted, "Panditji, what are you doing?" Pat came Panditji's reply: "I am going to ask the bull if he got hurt".

Many Sammelans have been organised in remote nooks and corners of the country that were hitherto oblivious of the melodious strains of Indian Classical music.

The ITC Mini Sangeet Sammelans, now known as ITC Mangaldeep Sammelans are tours of a different kind. Travelling together, artists have performed in small towns and cities across the country: from Patiala and Kurukshetra in the North, to Guntur, Bijapur, Pondicherry, Mysore, Mangalore and Manipal in the South. Concerts have also been held in Goa, Bharuch, Latur, Banaras, Lucknow, Kanpur, Mirzapur, Kotah, Alwar in the West and in Bankura, Basirhaat, Murshidabad, Silchar, Ranaghat, Uttarpara, Agartala and Jamshedpur in the East.


Pt. Ulhas Kashalkar in recital
The Darbar Hall of Baroda Palace was once the venue for our Sammelan
An exhibition of photographs add interest to a Sammelan


Awards for Excellence

Forty-one luminaries of Indian Classical Music have been honoured with ITC awards during the annual ITC Sangeet Sammelans in Delhi, so far.

A rare cluster of ITC Awardees

This includes legends like Bari Moti Bai, Rahimuddin Dagar, Siddheshwari Devi, Hirabai Barodekar, Nisar Hussain Khan, Dilip Chandra Vedi, Krishna Rao Shankar Pandit, Sitara Devi, Semangudi Srinivasa Iyer, Thanjavur Brinda, D K. Pattamal, Alla Rakha Khan. Similarly, sixty musicians have been honoured in Maharashtra and thirty-one in West Bengal.



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