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Monday, May 29, 2017

Indian classical music in search of patrons

One of All India Radio’s primary tasks was to broadcast classical music and provide jobs to artists.The classical arts have always needed patrons, as, not being populist in nature they need to be sustained financially. On an average a good concert artist practices for a minimum of six hours every day, for a minimum of 15 years, mastering ragas, taal (rhythm) and presentation skills. There are no guaranteeof being able to sustain oneself financially with this hard acquired knowledge. Musicians generally delve into classical music because of pure passion, or because of a sense of duty to one’s heritage, in the case of musicians who belong to a tradition.

In the case of the average musician who does not belong to a music family, even the acquisition of knowledge through a correct guru is hard, and only if one is lucky enough to be accepted. In another era, Ustad Allaudin Khan, founder of the Senia Maihar gharana had to wait five years working in a domestic capacity in the house of his guru Ustad Wazir Khan before he was accepted as a student — this when he was already a trained, very fine sarodiya!

The universities and other institutions that teach the grammar of music do not succeed in creating a concert playing artist; the knowledge the degrees impart is inadequate. The very nature of our music makes it mandatory to be taught on a one to one basis, with physical demonstration of how to use a note, how to make laya a part of your being.Pt Ulhas Kashalkar, one of the finest vocalists today acquired degrees in music, but it was only when he found a guru that his acquisition of musical knowledge flowered. There are so many instances.

However, merely finding a guru is not enough. One then needs a platform on which to present one’s art, and then later teach it to others thus keeping the silsila (chain) alive. This is where patronage is a must.In earlier times, it was the princes who realised their duty, and whether they loved the arts personally or not, they made sure their court had the finest musicians who were kept, housed and given huge respect. Every state that had prided in itself had court musicians; Baroda had Ustad Fayyaz Khan, doyen of the Agra gharana, who was referred to as Fayyaz Khan, Barodewale. Even a relatively tiny state like Nahan had Ustad Zinda Hassan (Ustad Vilayat Khan’s maternal grandfather). The gharana of the artist came to be referred to by the state in which he resided — thus Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan, though from Kasur, Punjab came to belong to the Patiala gharana, Ustad Inayat Khan, from Etawah, Uttar Pradesh, was associated with Gauripur (now in Bangladesh), and so many more.

Not only princes, aristocratic families too maintained musicians. Ustad Mohammed Ameer Khan of the Shahjahanpur gharana was in Rajshahi, and later mentored his patron’s son, who became the legendary Pt Radhika Mohan Maitra.All this ceased in 1947. State governments set up zonal centres to promote culture, but these, generally speaking are mere offices run by bureaucrats who rarely have the expertise or vision required to disburse the funds they get annually to promote the arts. Some states like Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Goa have later set up additional bodies which are more dynamic, like the Jawahar Kala Kendra in Jaipur or the Ustad Allaudin Khan Sangeet Evam Kala Akademy in Bhopal or the Goa Kala Academy which are all doing admirable work.

The Centre for its part set up bodies like the Sangeet Natak Akademi with its various branch offices to archive and preserve recordings of the masters, facilitate grants to worthy students, promote artists through concerts and much more. Today SNA does not have the funds to digitise their rare recordings done from 1956 onwards; only around 500 hours out of 12,000 are digitised. This is indeed tragic.The SNA and Padma awards were meant to encourage artists; today there is open talk of nepotism and bias in the selection of artists being given awards. Artists like Shashank Subramanyam went on record talking of regional discrimination; South India and West Bengal have very few awardees, there are even allegations of discrimination against certain instruments, with very few percussion awardees! Pt Budhadev Dasgupta had to return the Padmashri a few years ago as it was not commensurate with his stature; the following year he was awarded the Padma Bhushan! This year veteran surbahar and sitar player Ustad Imrat Khan was awarded the Padmashri, which he refused to accept.

One of All India Radio’s primary tasks was to broadcast classical music and provide jobs to artists. Ustad Amjad Ali Khan has said: “It was a matter of honour for any musician to be broadcast on AIR. Musicians affiliated with AIR would take pride in writing ‘All India Radio Artist’ on their nameplates outside their residences.”It was the next big thing for musicians after the end of royal patronage post the abolition of the princely states in 1947. The stature of being an AIR artist today is of scarce consequence, and the rare music archives of AIR are not accessible. Ex-CEO Jawahar Sircar is on record saying many old spool tapes with invaluable recordings were recorded over when tapes ran short!

The ICCR (Indian Council Cultural Relations) acts as a part-time employer for artists with its numerous delegations abroad and promotional Festivals of India, specially from 1980 onwards. Later still, IGNCA (Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts) is doing its bit to promote the arts. Government-owned broadcaster Prasar Bharti has set up a dedicated channel DD Bharti to promote the arts 24/7. Ragam, a new online radio channel of classical music was inaugurated recently.

However, all this falls woefully short of what is required. Many offspring of celebrated artists have preferred to make their careers outside of being concert musicians — be it Kesar Bai, Ustad Amir Khan, Pt Jasraj, or more recently, Ustad Shujaat Khan, seventh generation descendent of the Imdadkhani gharana.

There are, of course, many exceptions — Mogubai Kurdikar’s daughter Kishori Amonkar was one of the senior most vocalists; both Ustad Amjad Ali Khan’s sons Amaan and Ayaan play the sarod; Ustad Imrat Khan has three practising musician sons, ustads Nishat, Irshad and Wajahat Khan; Ustad Ali Akbar Khan’s sons Ustad Ashish Khan and now Alam Khan — the list is long.

But the point is, once upon a time there were never any exceptions; an artist always had several members of his family dedicated to the line, in addition to outside disciples, and thus the music lived on. Today that is no longer the case. Financially, a career in classical music is dicey. Concerts are hard to come by. Patronage becomes a necessity if the tradition is to remain a viable option financially.

ForwardedBy:Jainender Nigam,PB Newsdesk & Social Media,

Sri Ramachandra Rao ,ADP DDK Hyderabad expired of heart attack

Sri Ramachandra Rao ,ADP DDK Hyderabad expired of heart attack .He had served our organisation for three decades. He is survived by two sons who are still studying.Staff of DDK Hyderabad extends our condolences to the believed family.

Prasar Bharati parivar condoles the demise of Ramachandra Rao and prays to the almighty for the peace of the departed soul.

Source:Rayudu Madhu ,

Obituary - Jaganatha Raju, Retired Video Editor of DDK Chennai expires

Jaganatha Raju, Retired Video Editor of Doordarshan Kendra, Chennai died today of prolonged illness. His friend, Sayeedurur Rehman remembers him as a Wonderful man who was with him for 3 years in Andamans. Jaganatha Raju, is survived by his son, who is placed at United States of America. 

Residence address of Jaganatha raju, who died of illness today - 
3D, 3rd block,, Indus Amber Apartment, 
West Jones Road, West Saidapet, 

Prasar Bharati parivar condoles the demise of Jaganatha Raju and prays to the almighty for the peace of the departed soul.

Alert : Cyclone " MORA" in next 24 hours

......... Severe cyclonic storm during the next 24 hours likely over Odisha, Tripura, Mizoram, Manipur, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh ............. 

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H'ble PM address the AfDB 2017 meetings Dtd. 23.05.17 at Mahatma Mandir, Gandhinagar , Gujarat, India.

Event Name: African Development Bank Group Meetings(AfDB,22-26,May2017)
Event Date: 22nd - 26th May, 2017
Event Address: Mahatma Mandir, Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India

All India Radio, Ahmedabad covered above event and broacast live PM address from the venue as well as Radio report on national hook up on 24.05.17 at 10.30 PM.
A Consolidated Radio Report on 26.05.17 on State hook up .
Founder of Bill&Melinda Gates foundation and Well known Philanthropist BillGets address by video link.
African Development Bank President Akinwumi Adesina said.Africa-India trade rose five-fold in the last decade and is forecast to double – to US $100 billion – by 2018,” Africa and India have development journeys to share, Adesina said, and huge opportunities to explore together, not least in harnessing solar power to promote economic growth, and sharing the know-how of agricultural transformation.

2017 Meetings close on a high note-
The AfDB meetings concluded its 52nd ,2017 Annual Meetings on Thursday in Gandhinagar, India, on a high note of optimism generated by the Bank’s good balance sheet and the early successes of its goals.

Contributed By:Shailesh Pandya ,

Agriculture Seminar-AIR FM LRS Dharmapuri-Felicitated

A Seminar on Awareness on Agriculture was held on 28/05/2017 at A.Jettihalli, Nallampalli Village in Dharmapuri, conducted by Swamy Vivekananda Foundation. Smt.Suseela PA(Agri) to District Collector, Smt.Amudhavalli AD (Agri) Nallampalli and other Agriculture Officials (Retd) and farmers from various villages participated.It was also surprising that a few Engineering Graduates who were working in IT field are now doing agriculture with great interest. In the seminar AIR FM LRS Dharmapuri, Tamil Nadu was lauded for its' Agriculture broadcast and this LRS FM broadcasts Farmers' News daily at 6.35 am and the Weekly Live Agriculture programme "Farm Land" (Vayal Veli) and weekly News Letter for involving Farmers, Experts and Officials for giving valuable inputs.

Shri.R.Murali PEX was honoured for the new intiatives and he has already presented a research paper on role of ICT in Farm Broadcast in a Conference held at Manonmaniam Sundaranar University (MSU) TirunelVeli, Tamil Nadu in January 2017.


Sunday, May 28, 2017

Shri Bokinala Jayaprakasa Rao, Senior Grade Announcer,AIR, Vijayawada covetous Doctoral degree

Shri  Bokinala Jayaprakasa Rao, Senior Grade Announcer of All  India Radio, Vijayawada covetous Doctoral degree from Acharya Nagarjuna University of Andhra Pradesh.  The degree of “Doctor of Philosophy” has been awarded to Shri B.Jayaprakasa Rao on  “Sista Bhaskara Srirama Murthy – Akashvani Roopaka Nirvahana, Srujanatmakata” from Acharya Nagarjuna University.  (Shri S.B.Sreerama Murthy was  Former Legendary Announcer of AIR, Vijayawada and achieved 10 Akashvani Annual Awards.)

Dr. B.Jayaprakasha Rao Joined at AIR, Nizamabad  on 23.04.1992 as Juniour Grade Announcer with basic Degrees  of B.A, B.L.  He continued his education and got his Diploma in Journalism  and M.A(Telugu).   Afterwards he pursued his Doctoral Research.   Shri B.Jayaprakasa Rao  also got  8  Akashvani Annual Awards during   25  years of his Broadcasting Journey. 

Dr. Jayaprakash Rao’s wife Smt K.Indira Valentina  is also working as U.D.C  at this  office.  He has One Son  working  in Google, Hyderabad.It is really splendid Achievement and Akashvani, Vijayawada staff are proud of his  Grand  Success.

Heartiest Congratulations from Prasar Bharati Parivar!


400 Fruit Plants Planted at 200 KW HPT AIR Kargil

AIR should Switch to Modern Means to Reach Maximum Audience: Haji Anayat
In Jammu and Kashmir, All India Radio Kargil is doing a Tremendous Job in disseminating information, News and Entertainment upto the remotest areas of the district which helps in making people aware about the day to day development in other parts of the world as well as in Kargil.This was stated by Chairman J&K Legislative Council Haji Anayat Ali during a function of inaugurating the Fruit Plantation Drive of all India Radio Kargil by planting a Sapling of Apricot in the campus at 200 Kw HPT Kurbathang.

Appreciating the team of Mukesh Kumar, Haji Anayat Ali told that AIR should switch to other modern modes like Live Streaming the Programmes on Internet, developing Android Radio and FM Stations which will enhance the reach of the station upto maximum audience.He further told that he has taken the matter for constructing Programme Generating Facility to start DD Kargil with the Ministry of Information Broadcasting for which land is already available and hope for a positive response.He also told that earlier people in Kargil used to Listen Radio Skardu which was totally replaced by Radio Kargil and has become the voice of People in this frontier district.

A total of 400 fruit plants including 200 Hybrid Apple and 200 Apricot saplings has been planted at 200 Kw HPT and AIR Campus at Baroo.On this occasion Deputy Director General AIR Kargil Mukesh Kumar, Additional Deputy Commissioner Kargil Kacho Turab Shah, Programme Head AIR Kargil Sonam Angchuk, ARTO Kargil Khadim Hussain and Staff of All India Radio Kargil were also present.While talking on this occasion DDG AIR Kargil Mukesh Kumar told that keeping in view the fragile topography and environment in Ladakh AIR is trying its best to go Green and for which the Plantation Drive was started.

He informed that Plantation in other substation of AIR Has also been done and to replace the use of DG Sets and to reduce Carbon Emission, AIR has ordered for Green Energy in the form of Solar SPVs and Solar Water Heaters.He further told that proposal for 1 Mega wat Solar SPV for 200 Kw HPT Kat Kurbathang is also in pipeline.

Contributed By:Anayat Ali,RNU AIR Kargil ,

छत्तीसगढ़ को 17 साल बाद मिला अपना दूरदर्शन चैनल

केंद्रीय सूचना एवं प्रसारण मंत्री वेंकैया नायडू ने मंत्रालय में मीडिया को बताया कि जब तक व्यवस्था नहीं हो जाती, तब तक रायपुर दूरदर्शन का अलग चैनल भोपाल से ही चलेगा।रायपुर। राज्य गठन के 17 साल बाद छत्तीसगढ़ को अलग दूरदर्शन चैनल की सौगात मिलने जा रही है। रांची, देहरादून, विजयवाड़ा के साथ ही अब रायपुर में राज्य का क्षेत्रीय चैनल होगा। अब तक छत्तीसगढ़ का दूरदर्शन चैनल भोपाल से संचालित हो रहा था। रायपुर में प्रेस इन्फॉर्मेशन ब्यूरो (पीआईबी) का दफ्तर भी खुलेगा, यहीं अफसर बैठेंगे।

सैटेलाइट के जरिए 15 जून से एक घंटे का अलग कार्यक्रम और रोजाना शाम 8 बजे से 15 मिनट का छत्तीसगढ़ी न्यूज बुलेटिन प्रसारित होगा। नायडू के अनुसार आदिवासी इलाके जहां डिश एंटीना नहीं है, वहां मुफ्त डीटीएच सेट देंगे, ताकि लोग मोदी के मन की बात और रमन के गोठ सुन पाएं।जगदलपुर में 5 करोड़ की लागत से 100 केवी का हाईपावर ट्रांसमिशन केंद्र स्थापित करेंगे, जिसकी रेंज 200 किमी होगी। विधानसभा की कार्यवाही का सीधा प्रसारण होगा।

सराईपाली में एफएम स्टेशन 10 साल पहले मंजूर किया था, आज तक शुरू नहीं हो पाया। अब 15 दिन में वहां काम शुरू करेंगे। बस्तर, सरगुजा, राजनांदगांव में 10 केवी का एमएफ स्टेशन खोलने की भी सहमति दी गई है।नक्सलियों से निपटने केंद्र अब जंगल में ग्रे-हाउंड्स जैसी स्पेशल फोर्स उतारेगा - वेंकैया नायडू ने कहा है कि सीआरपीएफ या स्थानीय पुलिस के पास जंगल में लड़ने का अनुभव नहीं है। नक्सली किधर से आकर हमला कर भाग जाएंगे, पता नहीं। कुछ साल पहले आंध्रप्रदेश में ग्रे-हाउंड्स ने बेहतर काम किया।यहां भी ऐसा कुछ करने की जरूरत है। केंद्र योजना बना रहा है कि ट्रेनिंग देकर स्पेशल फोर्स जंगल में उतारी जाए। मानवाधिकारवादियों पर हमला बोलते हुए कहा कि प्रोफेसर हों या कोई और, मानवाधिकार की बात तभी होती है, जब नक्सली मरते हैं या पकड़े जाते हैं।

नगरीय निकाय पुरस्कृत

केंद्रीय शहरी विकास मंत्री वेंकैया नायडू ने शुक्रवार को राज्य के 41 से अधिक नगरीय निकायों के प्रतिनिधियों को सम्मानित किया। 41 निकायों को खुले में शौच से मुक्त घोषित किया गया। अंबिकापुर नगर निगम को कचरा प्रबंधन के लिए पुरस्कृत किया गया।वीआईपी रोड के एक होटल में निकायों में लागू फ्लैगशिप कार्यक्रमों के तहत प्रचार-प्रसार गतिविधि के लिए कोरबा के साथ बिलासपुर, अंबिकापुर व धमतरी को भी पुरस्कृत किया गया।

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Inspiration-Rajasthan gears up to empower grandmothers and preserve storytelling tradition.

Our parents and a lot of people of their age constantly worry about the next generation missing out on the rich tradition of storytelling, wherein grandparents (mostly grandmothers) tell children stories.

One could argue that with the advent of technology, most of the stories are being carried forward. But the fact that it lacks a personal touch cannot be denied. Keeping this in mind, Rajasthan’s Education Department has issued an order that will enable grandmothers to tell stories to students from class I to V once a week.

Deputy Director of Secondary Education, Arun Kumar Sharma told The Hindustan Times,
“The idea behind the initiative is to increase community involvement by roping in family elders, and through their involvement, ensure the strengthening of our family values and flow of human wisdom to children.”

Grandmothers who are willing to narrate stories can come to school every Saturday. If they are not available, old teachers in the schools are expected to pitch in. Initially the plan was to have teachers tell stories. But this way, grandmothers who feel neglected in their old age can feel empowered. They would also have a certain amount of agency.Though it is a welcome initiative, the schools have to be careful about the kind of stories that are being told. It is essential to ensure that they are not biased.

 Educationist and social activist Charanjeet Dhillon, speaking to Deccan Herald said,
“Such initiatives are much needed at the present time when technology has infiltrated our lives. Children will get moral education and affection while listening to tales from grandparents. It’s the easiest way to touch, teach, and reach a student. But the department should ensure that stories selected for the session will have no religious or political affiliation.”

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