Dakshinee goes global - Affiliations :
Since 1988 Dakshinee had been receiving requests from ex-students abroad for affiliation which finally fructified in 1997 in ‘Nupur’ the first affiliated unit in London, followed by ‘Rabisikha’ in north London and ‘Dakshinayan’ in the south, ‘Rabiprobash’ in Toronto, ‘Kahlar’ in Washington DC and ‘Uttarayan’ in New Delhi. Due to unfortunate circumstances Dakshinee has had to withdraw its affiliation from ‘Nupur’ and ‘Kahlar’ but is now considering giving affiliation to a few other new institutions in the near future.
Affiliation 2013 :
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New affiliation has been granted to KALPONA, a cultural institute based at Huntingdon (near Cambridge, UK) to impart training in Rabindra-Sangeet by following the Course of DAKSHINEE. Enthusiastic perons who want to learn Rabindra-Sangeet with dedication and sincerity may contact :
It is now a wing of the foundation for Indian performing arts and apart from research on Tagore Ideals and Propagation, it has given prestigious performers at the Victoria and Albert Museum, British Museum, Nehru Centre, Mountbatten Hall Bhavan, University of Oxford and also has extensive tours planned and organised.
Rabi Prabas is the Toronto branch of Daksinee, Kolkata. Formed in 2000 with the blessing of Sri Sudeb Guha Thakurta our main objective is to teach rabindrasangeet in the traditional manner following the published notation and proper technique so that the end result can be clearly identified as the unique genre that is 'Rabindra Sangeet'. The course is taught by Smita Mahalanobis and Seema Chakravorty who are Daksinee graduates with several years experience as practitioners of Rabindra Sangeet. The administrative side is handled by Sri Tirthankar Mahalanobis, also known as the 'Principal'. We are fortunate that we can follow the Dakshinee syllabus which introduces a variety of 'taals', 'parjay' as well as different types of melody in a systematic fashion.
We are currently following the third-year course and the students are really enjoying exposure to the rather special selection of songs in the curriculum. Some of the students are aspiring to go to Kolkata to appear in the diploma examination in the near future. We are proud to be a member of the far-flung satellite institutions of Dakshinee around the continents.
Uttarayan’s journey started way back in 1983 when a handful of aspiring personalities wanted the ‘Rabindra-Culture’ to prevail in Delhi. It was their wishful intention primarily to quench thirst of the people who were missing their cultural ethos away from their home state. It was at times swimming against the flow. But Uttarayan with all its good intentions and determinations kept moving towards perfection each year. Today, without any hesitation one can say that ‘Uttarayan’ is the pioneer in popularizing ‘Rabindra- culture’ amongst the Bengalis as well as the Non-Bengalis in Delhi and its neighbourhood.Apart from ‘Kobi Smaran’ every year and ‘ghoroa’ every month, to promote young and aspirant singers, actors and dancers, Uttarayan has sponsored number of programmes that were widely acclaimed by audiences, fans as well as critics for its innovative approach and authentic presentation. This task Uttarayan had undertaken and would continue to indulge in.
Uttarayan’s first production ‘Phalguni’ in 1984 was a big hit with the Delhi audience. The headlines of the newspaper review read “Splendour that is Uttarayan’s Phalguni”. There was no looking back since then. Thus began a series of programmes and productions to quench the thirst of music loving Bengalees in the capital. In 1986 Uttarayan arranged a two-day ‘Rabindrasangeet’ conference attended by well-known artistes from Kolkata, Shantiniketan, Mumbai etc. Uttarayan was invited by the Sangeet Natak Akademy in 1987 to participate in a 10 day Festival on Tagore’s works. With some other productions like ‘Balmiki Protibha’ in 1992, ‘Kshudito pashan’ in 1996, ‘Shrabon gatha’ in 1999, ‘Teen Shondhya’ in 2001, Uttarayan established itself as the leading torch-bearer of ‘Rabindra-sanskriti’ in Delhi.
At a joint programme with ‘Dakshinee’ of Kolkata, the General secretary of ‘Dakshinee’ Sri Sudeb Guha Thakurta was impressed with Uttarayan’s performance and offered Uttarayan to become an affiliated member. Uttarayan accepted and became an affiliated unit of “Dakshinee” Kolkata in 2001. Uttarayan students now have the opportunity to learn Rabindrasangeet according to the music course of “Dakshinee” and become eligible to appear for the Diploma examination conducted by ‘Dakshinee’ at Kolkata.
Dakshinee's first affiliated unit 'Srijon' opened in Mumbai. For details please contact: Kamalika Guhathakurta: