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SAPTAK Annual Festival 2009

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on December 22, 2008

SAPTAK Annual Festival 2009…

Saptak began its journey in October 1980, when it was inaugrated by Pt. Ravi Shankar and Pt. Kishan Maharaj. It is a public charitable trust which runs the Saptak School of Music and organise musical events and other activities. Saptak’s mission is to preserve, develop and propagate Indian classical and traditional music.


Saptak organizes an annual festival of music inviting artists from all over India. This series of festivals was inaugurated by a performance by Bharat Ratna Pt. Ravi Shankar in 1980. The festival starts on the 1st of January every year. Over the years its span has increased from three days to thirteen days and the participation of artists has increased from about 25 to more than 80 for each festival. All leading vocalists as well as instrumentalists have participated on this platform regularly. (List of the artists who have performed). Some of the innovative features of this festival have been instrument and dance ensembles, Tala Vadya Kacheri, Rajasthani and Punjabi folk music.

Saptak also tries to keep alive the fading traditions of vocal music like Thumri and Dhrupad, and instruments like Sarangi and Pakhawaj by inviting the older generation of artists specializing in these fields. The students of Saptak also perform in the presence of renowned musicians, musicologists and a large appreciative audience in this festival. This provides them inspiration and instills greater self-confidence.

The organization of this programme has certain unique features.

  • There are no tickets.
  • The programme is entirely supported by well-wishers and business houses.
  • The sitting arrangement is Indian and democratic in its character.
  • Students of Saptak, teachers, musicians, musicologists, connoisseurs and well wishers are extended a special invitation.
  • The focus is on music alone and there are no ceremonies. Over the years a community has grown around this festival and the younger generation is being progressively drawn to it. Artists and connoisseurs from all over the country and many NRIs as well attend it regularly. A large following has developed and the audience has grown from about 300 to 3000.
  • This festival has won acclaim as a landmark in cultural events not only in Ahmedabad but all over the country.


Forthcoming Events…

Saptak Annual Festival 2009′ (official website)

This year’s festival is dedicated to the memory of the Tabla Triumvirate – Pt. Samta Prasad, Ustad Alla Rakha and Pt. Kishan Maharaj.

part 1 – date: From 1st to 13th January 2009
venue: Kashiram Bhavan, B/h. L.D. Engineering Hostel, Ahmedabad.

part 2 – date: 19th, 20th and 21st January 2009
venue: AES Post Graduate Institute of Business Management (MBA),
Opp. Indian Institute of Management (IIMA)
Vikram Sarabhai Marg, Navrangpura, Ahmedabad.

One Response to “SAPTAK Annual Festival 2009”

  1. mandar sapre said

    I am a big fan of tabla maestro Ustad Zakir Hussain. Since this year festival is dedicated to tabla legends, i want to attend it. But as u have mentioned there are no tickets, how do i attend? Please let me know.

    Mandar Sapre


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