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Annual Report 2019-20

THE ANNUAL REPORT OF PRACHEEN KALA KENDRA
FOR THE YEAR 2019-2020

The Pracheen Kala Kendra which is known worldwide for its creative and promotional activities with regard to Indian classical art and culture since its inception in 1956, has registered many strides in multi-level growth, re-exploration of tradition, growing  self-confidence and flowering of creative spirit of Indian culture through its sincere and dedicated efforts like previous years.

The year 2019 was marked by an all round  progress in the various cultural and artistic activities  foremost  among  them are the holding of examinations, imparting  of  training, conducting of research and organizing  of cultural programmes by inviting acclaimed artists of Indian  classical music and dance.  It was all possible due to the sincere steps taken by the  Kendra  team  as  a result  of which it  was succeeded  not only in maintaining the No. 1 position in the fields of its services but also rededicates itself to further the cause of the fine arts. The Kendra’s aim is to develop  ways  and means  by  which  basic  cultural  and aesthetic  values and perceptions remain active and dynamic among people. A report on the activities of the institution is as under:-

WORLDWIDE NETWORK OF CENTRES

The Kendra has a worldwide network of examination centres which specializes in education in the field of art and culture. It has more than 3500 affiliated institutions spread all over the country and abroad including USA, UK, Canada, France, Singapore, Mauritius, UAE, Kuwait, South Africa, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, etc. 

EXAMINATIONS

The  examinations  of  Prarambhik, Bhushan,  Visharad and Bhaskar conducted by the Kendra are enjoying considerable  recognition.  Since the Kendra is a recognized institution and its certificates and diplomas are treated at par with degrees by various State Governments/Education Boards/Universities, as a result of which, as many as  3,20,412 students appeared in different examinations of the Kendra  in the session 2018-2019

TRAINING

Known for imparting quality training in Indian classical music, dance and fine arts (painting) at  its  complexes in Chandigarh ,  Mohali and New Delhi,  the  Kendra continued  with its effort to educate as well as encourage the interest  of  young generation in these classical art forms under the guidance of  noted teachers and Gurus of these fields.

15th  CEREMONY OF GURU M.L. KOSER AWARD

The 15th annual "Guru M.L.  Koser Award" instituted by Pracheen Kala Kendra for excellence in performing arts was presented at a scintillating function at Swami Vivekananda Auditorium at Kolkata. Shri Keshari Nath Tripathi , Hon’ble Governor  of West Bengal was the Chief guest and conferred and award  upon two renowned legends Pt. Samaresh Chowdhury (Renowned Vocalist)  and Pt. Anandagopal Bandyopadhyay ( Famous Tabla  Maestro) .The Governing Body of Pracheen Kala Kendra Sh. Sajal Koser, Secretary, Smt. Shobha Koser, Registrar and other members of Core Committee of Kolkata Region were also present at the said occasion. Award carrying a cash prize of Rs. 51 thousand ( each), a shawl, a citation and a memento for their lifetime contribution in promotion and dissemination of Indian Classical music. Award ceremony was followed by the remarkable recitals of the Maestros.

49th ALL INDIA BHASKAR RAO  NRITYA & SANGEET SAMMELAN, 2019

The 49th  session of All India Bhaskar Rao Nritya & Sangeet Sammelan which has gain popularity as one of the foremost awaited festival of Classical Music and Dance in India was held from March 12 to March 16th , 2019 .  This event was studded with soulful Vocal Recital by   Pt. Venkatesh  Kumar , scintillating Violin  by Ustad Asgar Ali Khan , melodic Flute recital by Sh. Ajay Prasanna ,  amazing Slide Guitar & Tabla jugalbandi by Sh. Debasish Bhattacharyya & Sh.  Parimal  chakraborty ,  crisp Tabla Jugalbandi by  Sh. Ram Kumar Mishra & Rahul Mishra , pleasing Sitar recital by  Sh. Soumitra Lahiri , incredible Sarod recital by Sh. Narendra Nath Dhar &  remarkable Bharatnatyam presentations by Smt. Kanaka Sudhakar & Troupe . These remarkable presentations further  enhanced   high traditions set by the said prestigious Annual Festival  of the Kendra . Kendra’s Chairman Sh. SK Monga IAS (Retd), Registrar   Dr. Shobha Koser ,Secretary Sh. Sajal Koser were also present  on  the occasion.

As per the old tradition of  Kendra , some illustrious personalities were  also honored on this occasion Noted Vocalist Primila Puri, Senior  Art Critic Sh. Ravindra Mishra  , Noted Theatre & Television Personality Sh. Kamal Tewari and City’s senior Art Critic Sh. S.D. Sharma for their enormous contribution in their respective fields. They   were felicitated with a shawl, memento, a citation and cash prize of Rs. of 25,000/- each.

MONTHLY BAITHAK & SPECIAL  PROGRAMMES AT CHANDIGARH & MOHALI.

For the last twenty  three  years, the Kendra has taken care to provide a platform amongst  others to the upcoming and talented performers in music and dance, on the 11th of every month to showcase their talent in the monthly baithaks  and apart from this Kendra  also organizes  Special Programmes on various occasions , which by now have become a permanent feature of Kendra’s activities. During the previous year, some of the artistes who participated and performed in Monthly Baithaks and Special programmes include Kartika Singh, Onkar singh , Gurjant Singh, Neel Ranjan, Shabnam Nath, R.D. Kailey , Ranbir Kumar, Veena Mani, Reshma Shrivastava, Vinod Sehgal, Jaya Bhaskar , Mahendra Prasad Sharma, Ravinder Singh, Radhika Chopra, Chandan Das , Raaza Muraad, Suman Ghosh , Ritesh Rajnish Mishra , Supti Bardhan, Pt. Vishwamohan Bhatt, Sunena Gupta, Keerti Badsheshi, Jagadish Kurtakoti , Anup Bandhu, Sonal Shivkumar, Dharmesh Nargotra, Saroj Ghosh, Dhruv Sharma , Kamla Sankar and Anuradha Pal to name a few amongst  a host of other prominent as well as promising and talented artists.

QUARTERLY BAITHKAS AT NEW DELHI

Since 2015,  Pracheen Kala Kendra is also regularly organizing  its quarterly Baithaks in New Delhi under the series “Legends of Tomorrow” and with the passage of time these quarterly baithaks have gained popularity among the music lovers and artists of  the NCT of Delhi. These programmes have received good response and coverage in the media. This year  various talented young and  upcoming as well as  well known exponents of performing arts like  Soumitra Thakur (Sitar) , Shinjini Kulkarni (Kathak) , Anubrata Chatterjee (Tabla), Sounak Chattopadhyay (Vocal) , Adnan Khan (Sitar) with their remarkable  performances casts magical spell in the quarterly baithaks which have become a successful platform and lot of young and talented artists have lined up to showcase their immense talent. 

TWO DAY 7th  GURU M.L. KOSER MUSIC AND DANCE FESTIVAL AT NEW DELHI

As a tribute and in the memory of its Founder  Guru M.L. Koser, Kendra is organizing one of  a major Music and Dance festival at New Delhi named as “Guru M.L. Koser festival of Music and Dance” at New Delhi. This year this festival was held on 13th & 14th   September, 2019  at Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi . Distinguished artists of the country performed  in two day mega fest . This festival has gained  immense popularity and  incredible performances by prominent Sitarist Subrata De, Well known Vocalist Duo  Mallick Bandhus , Renowned Flutist Chetan Joshi, , and famous  Odissi  Exponent Guru Jyoti Shrivastava & troupecaptivated the audience..

HOME PRODUCTION DANCE BALLET “ GANGA”  BY THE  STUDENTS OF KENDRA UNDER THE DIRECTION OF DR. SAMIRA KOSER

This year  Kendra’s home production  , a spectacular dance ballet “Ganga “ by the students of Kendra in the proficient direction of Eminent Kathak exponent Dr. Samira Koser received thunderous applause and rave appreciation. Prof. Saubhagya Vardhan , Director, NZCC  graced the event as  Chief Guest. Dr. Shobha Koser, Registrar and   Sh. Sajal Koser , Secretary of Kendra were also present on this occasion. There are about 80 participants from the age of 5 to 55, who gave ample proof of remarkable training given by  their Guru Dr. Samira Koser. This dance ballet is a Philosophical Perspective of Ganga through expressive moves of Kathak dance. . This dance ballet gave a message that we should awaken and purify Ganga as well as our souls and be good human beings before it’s too late.

A SPECIAL PROGRAMME OF KATHAK DANCE BALLET TITLED SHAKUNTALA

Kendra also organised a special programme of kathak dance  in collaboration with Ambala based cultural organization and affiliated centre of  Kendra . This Kathak Dance ballet  presented by  eminent Kathak exponent Shabnam Nath & her  near about 50 disciples.   The programme was organized at Tagore Theatre  where Kendra’s Registrar Dr. Shobha Koser along with Secretary Sh. Sajal Koser were present. Prof. Saubhagya Vardhan , Director, NZCC graced the occasion as  Chief Guest and Chief Justice Sh. S.S. Sodhi and IGP Sh. Charu Bali  were present as Special guests. This ballet was conceptualized , choreographed and directed by Shabnam Nath.  Sanskriti is also an affiliated centre of   Pracheen Kala Kendra. This is a well-known story in India, occurring earlier in the Mahabharata, but immortalized by India’s most famous classical poet, Kalidasa. Shakuntala was a beautiful maiden who was the daughter of  sage Vishwamitra and  the nymph  Menaka may be hailed as the ultimate tale  in this genre.

SPECIAL PROGRAMME  OF MUSIC ON THE OCCASION OF  BIRTH ANNIVERSARY OF  GURU RABINDRA NATH TAGORE & KAZI NAZRUL ISLAM
Pracheen Kala Kendra organized a special program of  Melodic Bengali Music to commemorate Birthday celebrations of Guru Rabindro Nath Tagore and Kazi Nazrul Islam. This soulful musical  evening featured   City based singers Sh. Subhashish Hazra , Smt. Nasrin Imam Hazra and Kolkata based singer Amrita Ganguly.  These melodic artists regaled the city audience. The programme was held at Tagore Theatre

TALENT HUNT AWAZ OF INDIA AUDITIONS

With the aim to provide the platform to find the best voice in the country and to showcase the talent of the Indian singers and let them achieve excellence in their life. They are in search of talent from all parts of the country whether it be rural, urban and remote locations can participate in the competition. The  mission of Awaz of India joined hands with Pracheen Kala Kendra for  its 2019 auditions.  . Pracheen Kala Kendra as venue Partner organised auditions at its Mohali complex.  In the audition Kendra’s music faculty performed as judges for initial rounds and for final rounds there are eminent personalities of music world like eminent vocalist Nidhi Narang, renowned Sitar exponent  Dr. Harvinder Sharma and others  were present as judges . 
In adult category  Deepgagan got first prize and  Rahul and Sahil Sharma  got second and third positions in this round.   In youth round  Chayanika got first prize and Sukhdeep Kaur and  Jagjot  got second and third prizes. In Child group  Aakriti  got first prize  and Avasha  got second prize.

89TH BIRTH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS OF FOUNDER SH. M.L. KOSER WITH PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW & GHAZAL CONCERT

With due reverence and respect the Pracheen Kala Kendra salutes the prominence of Guru M.L. Koser , the Founder and architect of this institute of multi dimensional excellence.

To pay befitting tribute to the legend the Kendra organized  three-day long group photography show by the Photo Journalists of  Tri-city  having the theme  of  “Art and Culture” in the cherished memory of  Late Sh. Yog Joy , the eminent Photo  journalist of  astounding merit   at PKK Art Gallery at its complex. 49 leading photojournalists of esteemed newspapers  displayed  their exhibits in the exhibition . This  exhibition  was inaugurated by Dr. Shobha Koser , Registrar of the  Kendra along with  wife of late Sh. Yog Joy.  Vote of thanks was given by Sh.  Sajal Koser, Secretary of the Kendra.  He  was over whelmed while paying gratitude to  the media  for its unstinting  support  to the Kendra and its activities for last more than five decades. A chhabeel  (Mitha jal langer sewa) was also  arranged by  the Kendra on this occasion

Kendra celebrated its Founder’s Birthday celebrations   with a soulful concert of Ghazals by famous Ghazal singer Sh. Vinod Sehgal. Programme was held at  Tagore  Theatre, Sector-18, Chandigarh

PROGRAMMES IN COLLBORATION WITH GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS

ICCR under the Horizon series  in collaboration with Pracheen Kala Kendra  organized a special programme titled as “Taala Vadya Kacheri studded with eminent group of artists lead by eminent Mridangam player Jaya Bhaskar  . The program  held in  the M.L. Koser Indoor Auditorium

Kendra also jopined hands with ICCR  to organise a special programme of dance by gifted Kathak danseuse  Asawari Pawar & her troupe who captivated the audience with their spell bound performances

>Ghazal aficionados of City Beautiful were treated to a mesmerizing performance by Jammu based young and talented  Ghazal singer Dharmesh Nargotra  at the Mehfil-e-Ghazal organized by the ICCR in collaboration with Pracheen Kala Kendra. This special programme was organized at M.L. Koser auditorium.

MYSTICAL MALHAR CELEBRATIONS WITH A GRAND EVENING OF MUSIC

Pracheen Kala Kendra organised a special programme “Majestic Malhar” to celebrate the showers of monsoon by Legendary Award winner Padama Bhushan Pt. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt , Mohan Veena Creator and maestro at Tagore Theatre, Chandigarh. Kendra ‘s Registrar Dr. Shobha Koser and Secretary Sh. Sajal Koser were present on this occasion. This event was a delight for   music lovers  of  tricity.

75TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS OF GURU MAA SHOBHA KOSER, A LIFE DEDICATED TO KATHAK

Pracheen Kala Kendra organized a special programme in the context of 75th  Birth day celebrations of its Co-Founder, “SNA Awardee Guru Maa Dr. Shobha Koser” a life dedicated to Kathak Nritya . The programme was studded with mesmerizing  performances  by the  elegant disciples of Guru Shobha Koser. Programme was held at  Tagore Theatre, Chandigarh . A small documentary on Dr. Shobha Koser  was also released on this occasion. On this occasion Kendra’s Chairman Sh. S.K. Monga,(IAS Retd) Secretary Sh. Sajal Koser and other distinguished guests like Smt. Rupan Deol Bajaj ,IAS (Retd), Prof. Saubhagya Vardhan , Director , NZCC , Mrs. Daisy Walia (Retd. HOD Punjabi University , Patiala were also present to share the words regarding  their   long association with Dr. Shobha Koser .

UNIQUE WORKSHOP , LECTURE CUM DEMONSTRATION 
Pracheen Kala Kendra organized a unique workshop , Lecture cum Demonstration of gayan Vadan and Nritya by Legendary Mohan Veena Virtuoso Padmabhushan Pt. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt Kathak Maestro & SNA Awardee Dr. Shobha Koser  along with eminent vocalist Supti Bardhan.  In this workshop near about 250 students participated not only from Chandigarh but also from Guru Nanak Dev University and other esteemed universities and colleges of Punjab region.  . The seminar took place at  Guru M.L. Koser Indoor Auditorium of the Kendra, Sector 35-B,  Chandigarh
All the eminent artists  shared  their vast experience through their vision and thoughts adding an intellectual perspective  to their  respective  classical arts . Pandit Vishwamohan Bhatt ji demonstrated about   sound modulation, Alankar, Taals, Vocal chord warm up, beats difference of Ragas and many more important intricacies of their classical music. Dr. Shobha Koser  showed the intricacies of  Kathak (Bhav paksh).

A COMPREHENSIVE WORKSHOP ON SOUTH INDIAN RHYTHMIC PATTERN  BY MRIDANGAM EXPONENT MANNARKOIL BALAJI
Pracheen Kala Kendra organized a comprehensive  workshop on South Indian Rhythmic Patterns  by Well known Mridangam Exponent  Mannarkoil J. Balaji from Chennai. Mridangam Exponent  Balaji shared  his  immense experience through his vision and thoughts adding an intellectual perspective  to his   respective  art.

The programme commenced with   Fundamentals of  South Indian  Rhythm followed by  approach to taalas and  structure of Taalas . He also taught  forming of jaatis  and making rhythmic patterns . It was delight to see  mathematical  calculations of beats  and their implications  in taalas followed by gatis , changing  pace in tala. He concluded with vivacious rhythmic solo presentation amidst thunderous applause.

NATIONAL  KATHAK UTSAV ORGANISED BY PRACHEEN KALA KENDRA IN COLLABORATION WITH KATHAK KENDRA DELHI.

 

Pracheen Kala Kendra is the only organization engaged in the promotion of classical musical and dancing arts in the region. With the kind patronage of the public and media in particular, the Kendra has emerged as an institute of multidimensional excellence.

The Kathak classical dance is the main dance form of North India. This dance is occasionally performed by artists in the city from other states. With a view to create more awakening about salient features of the Kathak dance form of various Gharanas, the Kendra in collaboration with Kathak Kendra , New Delhi organized  a two day Kathak festival in the city at Tagore Theatre  on  (19th  October)) and Ms. Randhawa Auditorium on ( 20th October) . Artists like Dr. Kumkum Dhar (troupe), Guru Jaikishan Maharaj  (troupe), Guru Rajendra Gangani (Solo), Amit Gangani (Solo) and Yasmin Singh & her troupe performed in this prestigious festival.

KARNATAKA UTSAV  AT BANGALORE

To continue its glowing tradition of uplifting and enriching  Indian classical Art and Culture,  Kendra organized two day special  mega event  “Karnataka Utsava” on 10th & 11th October  , 2019  at Gayaan Samaj Auditorium, Bengaluru . The eminent artists like Sh. Praveen Kumar (Bharatnatyam), Sh. Pravin Godkhindi (Flute), Pandit Vinayak Torvi (Vocal)  and Pt. T.S. Krishnamurthy (Violin Trio) regaled the audience with their remarkable performances.

Mrs. Shalini Rajneesh (IAS) Principal Secretary, Government of  Karnataka graced the occasion as  Chief Guest and inaugurated the Utsav .Many other distinguish guests graced the musical evening  as  Special Guests. Kendra’s Registrar Dr. Shobha Koser and Secretary Shri Sajal Koser were also present on the occasion .

PARAMPARA , A MONTHLY SERIES

In 2015 PKK started  monthly series under the name of Parampara in which stage exposure to all the students learning in various departments of Kendra. It giveS the confidence to the children and help them in their over all development. This year Kendra organised seven editions till date.

THEATRE WORKSHOP

In line with its tradition, Pracheen Kala Kendra also organized its 30 day long production oriented Children’s Workshop on Theatre under the guidance of noted theatre artist Anita Shabdeesh.  Nearly 70 students ranging between five to sixteen years of age took part in the said workshop which as in the previous years, was a great success.  In the workshop, the children were given lessons in theatrical arts like make-up, costume designing, stage decoration, speech, body movement, acting, mask-making etc. On the culmination day, the children gave a glittering performance of the workshop based items.

PUBLIC CHARITABLE AND WELFARE ACTIVITIES

During the last  year the Kendra undertook a number of public welfare and charitable activities. The Kendra took special interest in the well being of the education, training, recreation and all-round growth of slum children who comprise a vast section of society.  The Kendra lay special emphasis on the training and education of handicapped children also who have been physically and psychologically assisted by the Kendra from time to time.  A lot of relief and recreation go into their well being.  It has made a distinct difference to the quality of their lives. Kendra is a regular donor to WWF, CRY, Child care, Scawin India, Child Dreams Social Foundation, India HIV /AIDS Alliance, Impact Arts, Action & Association , Magic Bus India Foundation , Sense International  India, Sesame Workshop India Trust  etc.

Special   scholarships   are  earmarked for   poor   and   handicapped children and they are imparted free training in music, dance and other allied  arts  so  as  to enable them to  stand  out  in  the  society.  Organizing of programmes and conferences participating these children is one of the most important activities of the Kendra.

PRACHEEN KALA KENDRA’S 46TH ANNUAL CONVOCATION FOR THE EASTERN REGION

On Sunday, 6th January, 2019, Pracheen Kala Kendra, Chandigarh held its 46th Annual Convocation for the Eastern Region at Mahanayak Uttam Mancha, Kolkata. Although it was a cold winter’s day, the hall was packed to capacity – proof enough of the Kendra’s popularity in this part of the country. The Convocation began with a welcome address in which the organizers thanked the audience including the dignitaries present for gracing the occasion. This was followed by the inauguration of the Convocation by Sovondeb Chattopadhyay, Hon’ble Minister of Power & Non-conventional Energy Sources, Govt. of West Bengal who was Chief Guest, Debasish Kumar, Mayor-in-Council, Kolkata Municipal Corporation, a well-wisher of the Kendra and other dignitaries. The lighting of the lamp was followed by the inaugural song – a bhajan – presented by Smt. Sohini Roy Chowdhury. She was accompanied by Sanjit Ghoshal on tabla and Babu Bardhan on harmonium. This was followed by a brief introduction of the Kendra which is India’s No.1 institution dedicated to Indian art and culture. In his address, Sovondeb Chattopadhyay, Hon’ble Minister of Power & Non-conventional Energy Sources, Govt. of West Bengal, expressed his surprise at the expanse of the Kendra’s operations – the number of centres and the lakhs of students who have appeared for examinations in 2018-19. He spoke of the importance of culture – how it has to endure for a race to survive. He complimented the Kendra on its efforts to preserve Indian heritage and culture. He ended by reciting an ode to the poet, Kaji Nazrul Islam, that he himself has authored.

Addressing the Convocation, Debasish Kumar, Mayor-in-Council, Kolkata Municipal Corporation spoke about how privileged he was to be a part of the event. He went on to talk about how Kolkata and West Bengal has always been the cultural capital of India and urged the students to uphold the stature of the city and the state.

As in previous years, the Kendra lived up to its tradition of honouring prominent personalities. Well-known elocutionist, Pradip Ghosh, was felicitated with a Lifetime Achievement Award comprising a cash award of Rs 25,001, a shawl, a memento and a citation. Famous singer, Dr. Sreekumar Chattopadhyay was felicitated with a cash award of Rs 11,001, a shawl, a memento and a citation. Noted journalist, Pinakpani Ghosh, was presented with the Prodyot Bhadra Award for Excellence in Journalism, comprising a cash award of Rs 11,001, a shawl, a memento and a citation. Prior to presenting these tokens of appreciation, a citation, covering their achievements in a nutshell, was read. Addressing the Convocation, Pradip Ghosh congratulated the Kendra on the good work it is engaged in and shared a message of love and communal harmony. He spoke about how the Lifetime Achievement Award is an honour that makes him immensely proud, He enthralled the audience with a recitation in his inimitable style.  Pinakpani Ghosh spoke about how the award puts additional responsibility on him to excel further in his sphere of work. He also reminisced about how he was a student of the Kendra many years ago. He stressed the need to be a good person in order to be great in one’s chosen field.   In his keynote address, Sreekumar Chattopadhyay took a walk down memory lane, remembering his association with the Founder M. L. Koser and Smt. Shobha Koser from many decades back. He delighted the audience with a prayer song by Tagore which had the audience rising to its feet and singing along.

Felicitations over, superintendants of centres which sponsor the highest number of candidates to the various examinations of Pracheen Kala Kendra through main centre and main & sub-centres were honoured. The winners were Shri. Shyamapada Mukherjee, Sur-o-Chhanda, Durgapur & Shri. Bivas Basu, Geeta Dipan School of Music, 24 Parganas [North], West Bengal. Certificates & medals were handed over to the meritorious students of the Kendra in the Eastern region. The Guru M.L. Koser Award for Excellence, instituted by the Kendra in recognition of unparallelled services of its founder Guru M.L. Koser was also given as well as the Shri Sunil Koser Award for Excellence to the top students in Bhaskar and Visharad final examinations respectively. The Guru M. L. Koser Award went to Munmun Datta (Sen) (Nazrul Geeti), Dipa Paul (Recitation) & Koyal Singh (Bharatnatyam). The Sunil Koser Award went to Aindrila Kundu (Rabindrasangeet). The medals and certificates were presented to students by the dignitaries present, along with Ms Shobha Koser and Mr Sajal Koser.

The Convocation concluded with medals & diplomas of Sangeet Bhaskar & Visharad Final being presented to students by the dignitaries present, along with Smt. Shobha Koser, Registrar-cum-Treasurer of the Kendra and Shri Sajal Koser, Secretary of the Kendra.