General Secretary's Report on The Dover Lane Music Conference 2012-13 :
Welcome to this Annual General Meeting. May I at the outset on behalf of the organization express our deepest sorrow for musicians and dignitaries in other fields who had passed away in the last one year. Our humble condolences go to the bereaved families.
We also take this opportunity to thank all musicians, who participated in our last annual music conference. The 61st Annual conference was very successful as I hope you will readily agree. The credit goes to you all.
For a long time The Dover lane Music Conference has been honouring leading musicians of the country by presenting SANGEET SAMMAN awards to them. This year the award went to eminent Sitarist of Bishnupur Gharana Pandit Manilal Nag of our city. I take this opportunity to once again express our deep admiration for his contribution to the world of classical music.
I am also happy to record that apart from organizing the annual music conference we have been able to organize successfully a musical soiree at Birla Academy on 23rd and 24th August ,2012 and two circle programmes at our office premises in September and October,2012 . The Dance festival was equally successful, held at G.D.Birla Sabhagar on 19th and 20th September, 2012.
Once again, with deep anguish, I would like to mention the poor participation by our members in these progammes. I appeal to members to patronize these programmes as it may strengthen the tie between us.
We successfully organized our annual Talent Search Contest in the month of December, 2012. There were about 300 participants.
In the past year our music academy also did well. I am happy to record that the number of students has gone up. Presently, two classes are going on i.e. Vocal and Kathak Dance.
The Tabla training class has been suspended due to non-availability of a teacher from March,2013. We intend to restart the class in near future.
We have continued our social welfare activities such as giving medical aid to distressed artistes and financial contributions to Blood Donation campaigns etc.
I wish to thank on your behalf the Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India, for extending their support to make our 61st conference a grand success once again.
Again, I wish to thank all our sponsors and advertisers for their unstinted support . Our thanks also go to all our patrons, friends, our members and lovers of Indian classical music and all other organizations in general for their generous support and co-operation.
On behalf of our Governing Body I thank Das Gupta Banerjee & Associates, Chartered Accountants, for taking the trouble to audit our annual accounts once again.
Finally, I, on behalf of the outgoing Governing Body take pleasure in welcoming the new Governing Body to assume charge and assure them of my sincerest co-operation.
Date: 15th September, 2013; The Dover Lane Music Conference