|ITC Sangeet Sammelan
ITC's association with music began with the ITC Sangeet Sammelan conducted in Delhi in
1971. This Sammelan also instituted a substantial cash award to be given to one of the
oldest living musicians of stature. The Sammelan took Delhi by storm and went on to become
an annual rage. Consistently featuring the reigning monarchs of the music world, this
annual Sammelan changed the culture-scape of the capital of the country.
ITC Pioneers Corporate Patronage of Music
ITC then pioneered the corporate patronage of Hindustani classical music, an integral
part of Indian classical music, which was suffering from the withdrawal of royal support.
Corporate patronage of music on this scale was unknown before.
During the mid-seventies, ITC's top management envisioned that the Company could play a
major role to preserve and propagate the rich Indian musical heritage. Bearing in mind
that there were several futile attempts to build gurukuls of music during the last 50
years, ITC aspired to go beyond merely nurturing and propagating the priceless tradition
of Hindustani Classical Music. In creating ITC-SRA, ITC's farsighted endeavour was to
establish a modern 'Gurukul' and revive the traditional 'Guru-Shishya Parampara'.
ITC-SRA was created in 1977 as an independent Public Charitable Trust. It was modelled
as an institution to epitomise the best of Hindustani Classical Music. There was also a
clear understanding that it would never seek any monetary help from the government and
that it would be professionally run.