Gharana or Tradition, references the linage of knowledge that transferred from one generation of artists to the next. Originally closely held along familial lines or to the most devoted students, in today’s modern context this term has expanded to describe the major traditions, or styles of Indian classical arts. Gharana Arts was established as an institution with the intent to preserve the cultural and artistic traditions of the India and the diaspora here in Canada. A significant component of the teaching is based on the traditional Guru-Shishya (Teacher/Student) relationship.
Established in 2005 with the broad objective of promoting these ancient traditions here in Canada, the organization perseveres to share these artistic practices to a new generation of Canadians and Indo-Canadians through events such as today’s Concert, the 3-day Canadian Gharana Festival and the Sangeet Concert Series both, hosted here in Ottawa, and the 2-Day Kala Jashan Festival, hosted in Kolkata India.
Founded by Ravi S. K. Singh and Kasturi Mishra, Gharana Arts strives to support the education and development of youth in the Ottawa community and seeks to bridge the gap for young people learning Indian Classical Arts in Canada. As well as offering classes in traditional Kathak and Tabla, the school is also the only North American institution accredited by the Prayag Sageet Samiti, and allowed to host examinations and certifications for its students in Dance and Music.
Students of Gharana Arts are therefore offered the unique opportunity to:
- Train and learn in Canada in the traditional Guru-Shishya Parampara;
- Study and be examined for certifications and degrees recognized internationally, by the Allahbad Sangeet Smriti and the Government of India; and
- Perform professionally through forums such as the Sangeet Concert Series; the Canadian Gharana Festival, hosted bi-annually in Canada; and the Kala Jashn Festival, hosted bi-annually in Kolkata India.
Goals and Objectives:
The objectives of Gharana Arts focus on 2 areas: Education and Performance
- Through lectures, workshops, and innovative publications, create an awareness of the value and beauty of Indian classical arts within a modern Canadian context.
- Establish an institution of learning and research to develop Canadian practitioners of these traditional art forms at a professional level.
- Redefine the quality and high level of artistic merit in these art forms without compromising on their traditional foundation. Demonstrating through performance the innovation that arises from tradition.
- Establish an annual Canadian Festival for these arts based in the National Capital Region, explicitly creating a platform for all artists in Canada to perform.
- City of Ottawa Declared June 24th, Indian Classical Arts Day: June 2012
- Hosted 3-Day Canadian Gharana Festival in Ottawa Canada: June 2012
- Hosted 3-Day Kala Jashn Festival in Kolkata India: January 2012
- Incorporated as a Non-Profit Organization in Ontario: June 2011
- North American tour from California, to Nova Scotia to Ontario: October 2010
- Organizing Committee established in Ottawa: September 2009
- First Major dance and music production in Ottawa, at the Ottawa Little Theatre: August 2008
- First Major dance and music production for the Opening of the ICA Community Center in Winnipeg: April 2008
- First Concert organized in Winnipeg featuring sarod artist Ranajit Sengupta: September 2005