Welcome to this Annual General Meeting.
May I at the outset on behalf of the organization express our deepest sorrow for those music maestros and eminent personalities in the field of music and art, who have passed away in the last one year. Our humble condolences go to the bereaved families.
the 62nd Annual conference was a very successful effort. Programme on all four nights had been well appreciated. Much of the credit goes to you as well. We also take this opportunity to thank all musicians, who have participated on this occasion. We are specially grateful to Janab Firhad Hakim, Hon’ble Minister in Charge, Deptt. of Urban Development & Municipal affairs for inaugurating our 62nd programme.
Sangeet Samman Award :
Since a long time The Dover lane Music Conference has been honoring the leading musicians of the country by conferring SANGEET SAMMAN award on them since 1996. A comprehensive list of the recipients of the Award is given below:
Pandit A. T. Kanan, Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, Ustad Vilayat Khan, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia, Pandit Jasraj, Pandit Birju Maharaj, Vidushi Meera Bandopadhyay, Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma, Begum Parween Sultana, Pandit Dr. Amiya Ranjan Bandopadhyay, Pandit Shankar Ghosh, Ustad Abdul Rashid Khan, Pandit Swapan Chowdhury, Bidushi Girija Devi and Pandit Ravi Shankar (Life Time Achievement award,2009).
This year we were honored to present this award to great Sehnai maestro Ustad Ali Ahmed Hussain Khan.
Activities of Academy :
The Dover Lane Music Conference runs a training Academy at its own office premises, where presently Vocal, Kathak classes and lecture demonstrations are being conducted by eminent teachersand musicians.
In the past year our Music Academy did well. I am happy to record that the number of students has been increasing steadily. We are trying to open Indian classical instrument classes to teach Tabla, Sitar and Sarod to young boys and girls.
Apart from the training classes, the Academy organizes the following activities every year:
The Talent Search Contest : The Dover Lane Music conference also organizes an yearly Talent Search Contest for young adults between the age group of 16 to 24 years and 16 to 22 years(for Dance streams). The streams are, Kheyal, Bhajan, Thumri, Ragpradhan, Sitar, Sarod, Tabla, Bharatnatyam, Kathak and Odissi.
There were about 200 applicants who took part in the contest in 2013-2014.
The Classical Dance Festival : The Dover Lane Music Conference also organizes a Classical Dance Festival. Here, eminent performers from all over India and most of the leading danseuses of Kolkata have been performing. Every year young talented dancers are invited to participate here. The successful participants in the yearly Talent Search Contest are also invited to show their talents and skills.
Like previous years a two day Dance festival was held at G.D. Birla Sabhagar on 26th and 27th September, 2013.
The Periodical Music Session : Periodical sittings are being organized under the banner of the Academy in our office premises every year. Apart from these circle sittings we also hold a classical music session at an auditorium every year and invite the successful participants of our yearly Talent Search Contest to perform on this stage.
This year the classical music session was held at Birla Academy on 5th September, 2013.
Finally, despite all odds we could organize our much ambitious 62nd Conference at Nazrul Mancha in January this year. Much of the credit goes to the engineers and officials of KMDA and K.I.T and my colleagues for their unstinted help and co-operation to make our effort a grand success.
I wish to thank all our donors, sponsors and advertisers for extending their support to make our 62nd conference a grand success.
I also wish to thank all our patrons, friends, members and lovers of Indian classical music in general for their generous support and co-operation. I also invite suggestions from our members regarding the running of our organization.
On behalf of our governing body we thank Das Gupta Banerjee & Associates our honorary auditor for taking the trouble once again to audit our annual accounts.
I on behalf of the outgoing governing body take pleasure in welcoming the new governing body to take charge and assure them of my sincere co-operation.
Date: 24th August, 2014 The Dover Lane Music Conference