Activities

Percussion Classes

Archive

Dhwani Academy has set up an archive. Audio and Video recordings are available to students and researchers. This collection is continually being added to. Apart from audio and video recordings, Dhwani has started the initiative to set up a library for books on music.

Seminars & Workshops

Dhwani Academy organizes major seminars on World music and Percussions to raise awareness among Indian students about the different approaches to percussion in the world, enriching students with more knowledge.

To promote Indian Classical Music, the academy has been arranging workshops in semi-urban & rural areas and also intends to record and release recordings.

Zonal Programme

Dhwani Academy initiated zonal programmes all over West Bengal to promote Indian Classical music and Art Form and gives platform to many upcoming artistes through this project.  Every year, the Academy organizes minimum five small concerts outside Kolkata namely in Jabalpur, Seoraphuli, Serampore, Makardaha, Dinhata (North Bengal), Palta, Baruipur, Andul, Nabadweep and many other places. The Academy also requests one guest artiste to perform, so that local people will have a chance to hear the upcoming musicians along with an established artiste. Thanks to our volunteers, our organizational partners and students, who help organizing and continuing the endeavor successfully.

 

Pandit Jnan Prakash Ghosh Memorial Tabla Competition

Dhwani has started a tabla competition in memory of Pandit Jnan Prakash Ghosh, to encourage talented students to pursue their Art Form.  Cash rewards are there for the toppers of the competition.

 

Manik Pal Memorial Award

Manik Pal Memorial Award was started with the inspiration of Pandit Abhijit Banerjee, to show respect to the departed soul Manik Pal, who was a noted Tabla player and had taught numerous students, one of them is Pandit Abhijit Banerjee. Manik Pal was a prime disciple of Pandit Jnan Prakash Ghosh and worked for All India Radio Calcutta for many years. This award is presented to noted musicians consisting of a cash award of Rs.25,000/-. Recipients of  Manik Pal Memorial Award                                                                                    

  1. Ustad Sabir Khan (Tabla Maestro) in 2017
  2. Pandit Subrata Roy Choudhury (Eminent Sitarist) in 2015                                                       
  3. Pandit Sankha Chatterjee (Tabla Maestro) in 2014                                                                
  4. Pandit Vijay Kichlu (Eminent Vocalist) in 2013                                                                         
  5. Pandit Gobindo Bose (Tabla Maestro) in 2012                                                                       
  6. Vidushi Kalyani Roy (well-known Sitar maestro) in 2011                                                  
  7. Pandit Sanjoy Mukherjee (Tabla Maestro) in 2010                                                                   
  8. Pandit Buddhadeb Das Gupta (reputed Sarod player) in 2008                                              
  9. Pandit Brojen Biswas (well-known Percussionist) in 2007                                                     
  10. Late Pandit Shyamal Bose (Posthumous) (Tabla maestro) in 2005

BEHALA UCHCHANGA SANGEET SANMELAN

The Academy has been organizing festival of music for a decade – dedicated to the memory of Guru Jnan Prakash Ghosh. Each year the festival features upcoming, young and talented artistes along with renowned artistes from all over India in a housefull of music connoisseurs.  The festival also features the visually challenged talented scholarship holders along with talented students of music from underprivileged section of the society.

SAAZ AUR AWAZ – An Exclusive Percussion Festival

The Academy has dedicated a day of its annual event as an exclusive percussion festival – SAAZ AUR AWAZ. This festival has become one of the major events of the city. It covers percussion from different genres- folk, Indian Classical, percussion from other countries and crossover music.

International Linkage

Dhwani Academy has set up international links with Music Organizations and Academies to facilitate concert tours, Student Exchange Programmes and Student Placement. Dhwani has collaborated with Aarhus Jazz Orchestra, Denmark, and spreaded its studentship all over the world. Students from Sweden, Finland, Mexico, Australia, Japan, Germany and Canada regularly visit India as a part of distant learning and developing interest, as well as share musical heritage as exchange programme.

Achievements:

  • Producing the first Video Album “Bandhan” with Pt. Bhawani Sankar and Pt. Abhijit Banerjee

  • A representative from DAPM at Percussive Art Centre, Bangalore on the views of North Indian Folk Percussion

  • International Wing opened in U.S.A.; Los Angeles in 2004, New York in 2007 and San Francisco in 2015

  • Workshop on Pakhwaj & Taal by renowned Pakhwaj player Pt. Bhawani Shankar in 2008

  • International Seminar on “Influence of Indian Classical Music on World Music” involving International artistes from U.S.A., Japan in 2008 

  • Arranged, along with Rabindra Bharati University, a certified crash course for 10 days with artistes from abroad, invited by D.A.P.M. and acknowledged by the same University in 2008

  • On its 10th year, in 2011, published Braille Book on Tabla for visually challenged students, as a part of “INNERSIGHT” Project

  • On the 150th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore, a unique  production “Rabindranath in  Balinese Outset – Chitrangada” in 2012, involving artistes from Bali, Indonesia

  • A Three Day Seminar arranged in collaboration with Jadavpur University on Musicologists and Musicians such as Daniel Neuman, Professor, Ethnomusicology (UCLA); Kedarnath Awati (Pune film Institute); Pt. Nayan Ghosh (eminent Tabla Player); Swapan Chakraborty (Curator, National Library, Kolkata) attended as speakers and performers in 2015