|Sangeet Sankalp – an
Sangeet Sankalp is a non-profit co-operative
society of artistes, by artistes, for the promotion of talented
upcoming professional artistes and amateurs, across the country.
It was formed mainly with the intention of combating the trend
of ‘consumerism’ in the field of music that merely
recognized ‘star’ artistes as opposed to true
pundits or devout practitioners.It has been functioning in India for the last 17 years, with
over 95 branches and 11,000 members (of which there are 1000
artistes) spread across the length and breadth of the country.
It has conducted more than 700 programmes so far.
The idea came about in a casual discussion that Dr. Mukesh
Garg (editor of the famous music journal Sangeet) was having
with his friends about a decade ago. The wide-spread consumerism
and commercialization of music was making it difficult for
lesser known artistes, who had nevertheless dedicated their
lives towards the practice and learning of music. It was to
alleviate this hierarchical star system, and to provide an
alternative platform for highly talented artistes, that Sangeet
Sankalp was started. In no time, the seed that was sown in
Meerut, grew into an active country-wide ‘music revolution’.
With monthly concerts featuring local artistes, and an annually
held National programme featuring both local as well as artistes
from various other branches, Sangeet Sankalp is a forum that
promotes cultural exchange among the diverse styles of Indian
Working with low budgets and limited resources, has never
constrained this enthusiastic work force that is ably backed
by several top class artistes such as as Pt. Raj Bhau Sontakke,
Pt. Vishwamohan Bhatt, Dr. Kamla Bose, Dr. Maya Bhattacharya,
Shri. Dipankar Bhattacharya, Pt. Bhalachandra Nakod, Shri.
Prakash Sontakke to name a few.
Shri Prakash Sontakke is the son and disciple
of Dr. Raj Bhau Sontakke, a doyen of Gwalior gharana and a
direct disciple of the Legendary Maestro Sangeeth Martand Pt.
Omkarnath Thakur. An accomplished, highly talented AIR artiste,
Prakash believes formal structured learning, which reflects
in his Masters Degree in music (Guitar, Violin and Vocal) and
is well on his way to a Doctorate. Known for his mellifluous
gayaki ang and purity of raga, Prakash has performed at many
prestigious music festivals across the country and abroad which
includes - Kala Niketan Calcutta, Vasanthrao Deshpande Smriti
Sammelan Nagpur, Sawai Gandharva Sammelan Kundgol, Veereswara
Punyashram Gadag, Saptak Kanpur, Sankatmochan Varanasi etc
to name a few.
He draws inspiration from greats such as Pt Kumar Gandharva,
and Pandit Brijbhushan Kabra and Pt. Jitendra Abhisheki in
his approach to this classical art form and is actively involved
in the propagation and preservation of this ancient artform.
Smt. Chaitra Sontakke is an excellent vocalist
of the current generation, and is also a student of late Pt.
Rajabhau Sontakke. She teaches music at various schools in
her effort to propagate classical music at the grass root level.
Smt. Smita Bellur is actively involved in
the nation wide co-operative of performing artistes, ‘Sangeet
Sankalp’ as one of the founder members of its Bangalore
chapter. She is the secretary of Nadashri Sangeet Sabha – an
organization that promotes Hindustani Classical music. She
is an engineer by qualification and also freelances as a music