Bengal Foundation

Bengal Parampara Sangeetalay

Bengal Parampara Sangeetalay has been founded on a modern interpretation of the Guru-Shishya parampara mode of learning. The Parampara series of workshops initiated in 2002, helped form an effective basis for the school. The Sangeetalay targets gifted Bangladeshi young people to learn from the masters. All pupils, who are competitively offered a place at the school, are provided with a full scholarship and individual support. The programme’s main strength is the development of the special bond between the guru and the shishya. The bond initiates complete dedication, sincerity, submission and commitment to hard work on the part of the pupil.
The ambition is that each pupil, under such eminent guidance, will refine their skillset and achieve the ability to represent Bangladesh to an international audience and become world class musicians.
Music is an integral representation of our culture and the Parampara is one of the means by which Bengal Foundation is taking the practice of music in Bangladesh to new heights.
The Bengal Parampara Sangeetalay started its classes under the auspicious guidance of renowned gurus, in November 2014.

Chairman’s Vision
There can be no better means of ensuring a bond between people than through cultural exchange. The aesthetic sensibility and creative urge, which find expression in the arts are surely the ingredients that foster ties between nations and societies, and cut across political, social and economic barriers.
The abundance of talent in our country is an index of the rich tradition of music in Bengal. It is important that each of us try and perpetuate this cultural legacy of ours in every conceivable way. The Bengal Parampara Sangeetalay is a step in that direction.
It is my dream that in the future a new generation of world class Bangladeshi musicians will perform alongside classical music legends of the region. They will represent Bangladesh in the world arena with pride.
– Abul Khair, Chair, Bengal Foundation

Principal Guru
In all the years I have been coming to Bangladesh, I have realised that the people here love and appreciate classical music. Bangladesh has given us some very talented artists, however, this tradition of classical music has been on the decline over the past few years. When the chairman of Bengal Foundation, Mr Abul Khair proposed to establish a gurukul (school) to overcome this, I instantly agreed to come and instruct the students for a few days every month. The students here learn with a lot of love and dedication and I believe they will become accomplished artists in a few years. My prayers and blessings are with them.
– Pandit Ulhas Kashalkar,

Members of the Faculty

Pandit Ulhas Kashalkar
Principal Guru, Master Faculty-Khayal

Pandit Suresh Talwalkar
Master Faculty, Tabla

Pandit Kushal Das
Master Faculty, Sitar

Pandit Tejendra Narayan Majumdar
Master Faculty, Sarod

Pandit Uday Bhawalkar
Master Faculty, Dhrupad

Kalyanjit Das
Teacher, Sitar

Kaushik Mukharjee
Teacher, Sarod

Debasish Haldar
Teacher, Esraj

Faculty Associate
Mrs Sanjivani Kashalkar

Members of the Advisory Body
Ustad Shahadat Hossain Khan, Dhaka
Professor Shameema Parveen, Dhaka
Artist Firoz Khan, Dhaka
Artist Yousuf Mohammad Khan, Dhaka
Dr. Razwan Ali, Assistant Professor, Music Department, Jagannath University, Dhaka
Dr. Asit Roy, Professor, Department of Music, University of Rajshahi
Ms Priyanka Gope, Assistant Professor, Department of Music, University of Dhaka

Blessings

I have always heard that Bangladeshi people love the sound of a flute, so much so that their day remains incomplete without it. This knowledge gives me pleasure and I look forward to come and join the students, and play the flute.
– Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia

Bangladesh has given us Baba Alauddin, Bahadur Hossain Khan, Ali Akbar Khan and Ustad Vilayet Khan, to name a few. Their contributions have made way for much greater attainments in art and music. Bengal Parampara Sangeetalay, in turn, has created the opportunity to once again revive classical music to its former glory.
–Pandit Ajay Chakrabarty

To preserve the traditional art is a challenge for every country, not only for India or Bangladesh. It is very important to have our own identity and preserve our own classical music. Therefore, this gurukul will be very beneficial for Bangladesh. I am very happy that Bengal Foundation is serving this cause of preserving and popularizing Indian Classical Music.
– Ustad Amjad Ali Khan

Admission

The Bengal Parampara Sangeetalay (BPS) was established in November 2014, and offers a chance for aspiring musicians to train under renowned gurus. Admission and tution at the school is free of cost.
In order to enroll at BPS, applicants must first be judged through an audition. We are presently accepting applications in 6 catagories: Khayal, Dhrupad, Sitar, Sarod, Tabla and Esraj.

We will be enrolling students in two age groups:
• Junior section – 7 – 16 years
• Senior section – 16+ – 25 years

Requirements for eligibility are listed below:

Vocals
1. The applicant must know all the swaras (Junior)
2. The applicant must have clear enunciation (Junior)
3. Applicants will be required to perform a short classical piece to its entirety
4. The applicant must know at least 3-4 ragas and will be required to present a 10-minute performance of Raga Sangeet (Senior)

Instrumentals
1. Tabla players must be familiar with taal and laya (Junior)
2. Applicants must have basic familiarity with the instrument (Sitar, Sarod, Tabla and Esraj) (Junior)
3. The applicant must know at least 3-4 ragas and will be required to present a 10-minute instrumental piece of Raga Sangeet (Senior)
4. Tabla players will be required to present a 10-minute classical piece to its entirety (Senior)

All applicants will be able to register online from the link provided below
Online Registration
Audition Registration Form (PDF Download)

Or collect forms from Bengal Boi
1/3 Block D, Lalmatia, Dhaka-1209

Last day to register is 31 July 2019. We will inform you with a time and date for your audition once you have successfully registered.

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