This page is dedicated to people who have made a difference to the Pandit Ram Sahai Sangit Vidyalaya. Without these people we would not be where we are today.
Our very special thanks goes to these volunteers who have worked so hard to make it all happen.
Rameshwar Sahai was born into a well-to-do family at Allahabad on 4th April 1922. He studied law and was a respected advocate practising for the state of Uttar Pradesh. In 1987 he was honoured by the Royal Society of London in 1987.
In 1952 he succeeded his uncle in becoming Joint Secretary to Prayag Sangit Samiti. He was to devote a large part of his life to building this Organisation into one of the most important organisations for the preservation and development of music and dance in North India.
Prayag Sangit Samiti which is situated in Allahabad, carries out several activities in the field of North Indian music and dance. It holds examinations from beginners level to Post Graduate level and has three branches in Allahabad where about 500 students learn vocal and instrumental music and dance. The scale and influence of the work of this Organisation is demonstrated by the fact that it holds examinations at about 1300 centres all over India and abroad with a total of 125,000 students appearing every year.
Rameshwar Sahai was largely responsible, along with Mr J N Pathak, in creating this network of examination centres throughout the Northern parts of India, and for creating a big building and an auditorium for the institution. And it was due to his vision and support that Pandit Ram Sangit Vidyalaya was able to establish the Prayag Sangit Samiti system of examinations in the UK. This work is monumental in size and influence and owes its existence to the tireless efforts of Rameshwar Sahai.
As a result of the second world war and big social changes in India the system of holding music conferences had crumbled and it required a person of Rameshwar Sahai’s determination to organise annual conferences once again. These conferences regained the prestige of the past. This was all due to the organising ability of Rameshwar Sahai.
Rameshwar Sahai had pleasing manners and laughter and his vision was coupled with a practical understanding of the ways of the world. He was honoured in 1972 by the Uttar Pradesh Sangit Natak Academy for his contribution to the field of music and dance. He will be remembered for a long time for his selfless service to music.
|DR. PURU DADHEECH|
|The nationally renowned two some, Puru and Vibha Dadheech have carved rich’e in the world of Kathak dance both as performers and scholars. Coming from illustrious families they have dedicated their lives to the advancement and propagation of this deeply traditional form of Indian classical dance.
Dr. Puru Dadheech is a well-known name in the field of Kathak dance as an excellent performer, enormous scholar, skillful choreographer and an ideal teacher. At present he is occupying the chair ‘of the department of dance at the world famed Bhatkhande College of Hindustani Music, Lucknow. He had rare opportunity to get initial training in Kathak from Pt. Durga Prasad and then further guidance in the traditional fashion from the great masters like Pt. Sundar Prasad, Pt. Narayan Prasad and Shambhu Maharaj and soon he imbibed and mastered all the creative and practical aspects of this unique dance form. He also has a fascicle pen out of which many highly acclaimed works have come out to prove the oceanic depth of his knowledge as well as highly creative and perceptive mind. He was awarded doctorate in music for his famous dissertation on Origin and Development of Kathak dance, and also doctorate in Philosophy for his illustrious Work on Sanskrit Dramaturgy and it’s relationship with Kalidasa’s Play’s. In the same manner Choreography of more than a hundred dance dramas and a good number of small compositions goes to-his credit. Thus he can rightfully claim that in theory and practice both, he is a virtuoso. For his contribution in the field of Kathak U. P. Sangit Natak Academy had honoured him with Academy Award in 1984.
Dr. Vibha Dadheech has the unique distinction of being a science graduate transformed in to a dance artist. In the beginning she learned the basics of Kathak from Pt. Firatu Maharaj ‘of Raig6rh (M.. P.). Then she moved to. learn from the great master Shambhu Maharaj of Lucknow school.’ Having acquired triple post -graduate degrees in dance (Viz-Nrity Pravin, Nritya Nipun and M. A.) with distinctions and earning Gold Medals she took to teaching and performing all over country.- No wonder she won acclaimed wherever she went -and performed. One of the highest award “Singarmani” was conferred on her by Sur Singar Sansad, Bombay, Prachin Kala Kendra, Chandigarh also awarded her with the title of “Nritya-Shringar”. Recently Indira Kala Sangeet Vishwa-Vidyalaya, Khairagarh (M. P.) has approved her’ thesis “Hatsa Mudras : The alphabets of Indian Dancing” for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy. Beside her performances she is also running her own institution “Natawari” at Lucknow.
The Dadheech Couple, through devoted to retain the purity singularity of its traditions, have also given it a new dimension by exploration and experimentation. Their well-known renderings of famous Sanskrit and Hindi classics have been highly appreciated by the connoisseurs. Lyrical movements, lively expressiveness and electrifying foot-work incorporating rare Talas and intricate rhythm-patterns are their forte.. Their ‘creations’, particularly what they classify as “Bhakti-Nartan” (Devotional dance) have won for them a place, hardly shared by any one else.
|SHANTARAM VISHNU KASHALKAR|
|Shantaram Vishnu Kashalkar was born in a family devoted to the cause of propagating Hindustani classical music. His father, Pandit V. A. Kashalkar, was one of the earliest disciples of Pandit Vishnu Digambar, a legendary f igure, who sent him to the Northern part of India to spread the love of music among people from all walks of life. Pandit V. A. Kashalkar was the Director of Prayag Sangit Samiti, Allahabad, for 18 years.
Music, performing and especially teaching the subject, was thus a natural gift which Shantaram Kashalkar inherited from his father who belonged to the Gwalior Gharana. Shantaram Kashalkar holds the degree of Sangit Praveen with first class honours from Prayag Sangit Samiti. He also holds a B.Sc. degree from the University of Allahabad.
Shantaram Kashalkar has been conducting regular classes and giving private tuition in vocal classical music for the past 30 years and has given numerous programmes in private and public. He has extensively toured the UK, Benelux countries, Germany, USA and Italy giving performances, lectures and conducting examinations. He has accompanied top ranking vocalists like Pandit Jasraj, Prabhakar Karekar, Vasantrao Deshpande and Manik Varma on the Harmonium.
In 1988 Shantaram Kashalkar organised a seminar on the present trends of ‘Khyal’ in India in which prominent scholars participated. He has conducted numerous lectures and courses on the subject of appreciation of Classical Vocal Music for a variety of institutions such as the University of Allahabad, the North Central Regional Cultural Centre of the Central Government of India, and the Rotary Club. He was a member of the Audition Committee of All India Radio (Allahabad) for Classical and Light Music from 1983 to 1987. Pandit Kashalkar has been associated with Prayag Sangit Samiti for many years teaching M.A. vocal students and conducting examinations on their behalf.
Shantaram Kashalkar was a stage actor in Hindi Theatre for 20 years but left it on account of the pressing assignments of his music career.
Pt Kashalkar is available for concerts, lecture demonstrations and teaching. For further details please write to :
15 Pannalal Road