NCPA’s overarching mission is to preserve, promote and propagate India’s rich and diverse cultural heritage besides providing a platform for the finest of international performing arts. To do this, NCPA engages in a wide gamut of activities touching almost every aspect of the performing arts space, be it curation, teaching, research, archives, libraries, and knowledge sharing of the arts. Through classes and outreach workshops and classes in schools, invaluable master classes with maestros, classes at the Centre, it has always endeavored to ensure that interest in and appreciation of the performing arts is fostered, especially with the youth who are our audience and cultural ambassadors of the future.
The NCPA is a charitable organization with a governing council comprising eminent professionals and is managed by an accomplished team of performing arts experts and management professionals. The NCPA also has a dedicated CSR cell to focus on community initiatives.
As an organisation with a strong sense of social responsibility, the NCPA is deeply engaged in partnering with corporates, charitable foundations and trusts to deliver impactful CSR programs that address focus areas that are mandated in the Companies Act 2013:
We follow a process of co-crafting these programmes along with the corporate partner to ensure alignment with their CSR focus areas.
This scheme is meant for talented amateurs (age group: 18-30) in the field of Hindustani music (vocal – dhrupad and khayal, instrumental music – melody and percussion).
A total of 9 scholarships are given annually based on the quality of performance in a live audition. This initiative is supported by Citi Bank India.
List of scholarship winners till date:
Gayatri Vairagkar - Joshi (Khayal)
Shruti Padhye (Khayal)
Pritimala Dhawaskar (Khayal)
Teja Kale (Khayal)
Harish Kulkarni (Khayal)
Kaustuv Ganguli (Khayal)
Janhavi Phansalkar (Khayal)
Saurabh Kadgaonkar (Khayal)
Amruta Mogal (Khayal)
Manas Vishwaroop (Khayal)
Gandhar Deshpande (Khayal)
Meghana Sardar (Dhrupad)
Mukundadev Sahoo (Dhrupad)
Deepika Bhide (Khayal)
Devashree Nawghare (Khayal)
Sanika Goregaonkar (Khayal)
Khandu Sanap (Pakhawaj)
Avinash Bhogil (Pakhawaj)
Sandeep Pawar (Tabla)
Aashay Kulkarni (Tabla)
Anup Kulthe (Violin)
Omkar Agnihotri (Harmonium)
Tejas Vinchurkar (Flute)
Smit Tewari (Sarod)
Bhaggesh Marathe (Khayal)
Rageshree Vairagkar (Khayal)
Nishant Panicker (Khayal)
Anuj Pratap Singh (Dhrupad)
Atul Singh Gaharwar (Dhrupad)
Asharam Suresh Sable (Pakhawaj)
Sujit Vasant Lohar (Pakhawaj)
Om Bongane (Khayal)
Prajakta Sanjay Marathe (Khayal)
Somdatta Chatterjee (Khayal)
Sampada Arunkumar (Khayal)
Shantanu Narendra Mayee (Tabla)
Vishal Ashok Mhatre (Tabla)
Amritha Shenoy Kamath (Khayal)
Parimal Kolhatkar (Khayal)
Deblina Ray (Khayal)
Dhanashree Phadke-Nakhe (Khayal)
Sajan Sankaran (Dhrupad)
Haripriya Patil (Harmonium)
Aakash Thakkar (Flute)
Kalyan Majumdar (Sitar)
Subhrajyoti Sen (Sarod)
Nritya Parichay Corporate Social Responsibility, is the label under which all dance related activities are conducted. Dance plays an important part of the Indian culture and tradition and thus, Nritya Parichay is an attempt by the NCPA to create awareness about the classical/folk dances of our country to the children. In the year 2014-2015, the Head of Dance Programming Ms. Swapnokalpa Dasgupta trained the students of the NGO – Seva Sadan, Mumbai in Gotipua - which is the majestic folk dance of Orissa. Under her revered guidance, these talented children later performed the dance form at the Kalaghoda Art Festival, 2015 and at the AirForce Day ceremony at Gateway of India in 2015. Currently, for the year 2016-2017, Nritya Parichay is being conducted at the Green Lawns School in Powai supported by Larsen and Tourbo and D.N. Nagar Mumbai Public School, Andheri supported by BPCL. Training in diverse folk dances of the country, viz – Manipuri Folk Dance, Bengali Folk Dane, Garba (Gujarati folk dance), Kalaripayuttu (martial art form of Kerala), Thang Ta (martial art form of Manipuri) is imparted to the underprivileged children by well-known experts from the particular dance field. Apart from the dance training, students are also provided with rich understanding concerning the traditions and customs of the place of origin of the dance form. The project commenced in the month of July, 2016 and is a 9 month long project culminating with a stage performance by the students at the NCPA in the month of March.
Together we preserve
Ummeed is a platform initiated to help preserve and effectively promote the rich tribal and folk dance traditions of India by centering on a folk dance form throughout the year and helping promote a practitioner/ group who has been in the profession for an extensive period of time through social media and other marketing tools.
We also hope that through this platform the performers could be linked to receive future performance opportunities.
Ummeed 2017-18, with the aid from the Atlas Equifin Private Limited would be supporting the exceptional work of Lakshmi Priya Gotipua Nritya Kendra, group of Gotipua dancers from Balipatna, Orissa, headed by Guru Lingaraj Barik and Sangeet Natak Akademi awardee, researcher and noted Odissi dancer Aloka Kanungo who has been researching on the dance form since 1985.
About the art form:
Gotipua, a temple dance, is the precursor of classical dance form – Odissi and is usually presented in praise of Lord Jagannath and Lord Krishna. In colloquial Oriya, Goti means single; pua means boy and is performed by boys dressed up as girls.
As a part of the project, this group of young, talented dancers performed at the NCPA’s Experimental Theatre on the 17th of March under the able guidance of Aloka Kanungo and extensive support from their Guru Lingaraj Barik, and put up a fantastic performance leaving the audience spellbound.
A major aspect of the program is highlighting the work put in by the researcher and using the research material accessible to the general masses.
Under this scheme Guru-s receive financial support to train 3 promising disciples each, in the traditional format of one-on-one teaching. The program is free of cost for the disciples. Total of eleven Guru-s are supported in the categories mentioned below:
· Hindustani vocal (dhrupad and khayal)
· Hindustani instrumental (melody and percussion instruments)
This initiative is supported by Citi Bank India and HSBC. We have 8 gurus supported by Citi Bank India and 3 gurus supported by HSBC.
This program aspires to provide engagement with music to school children from middle/high-income group as well as those from a socio-economically weaker background. A total of 14 schools with around 500 children are covered under this scheme. The schools are spread across Mumbai. Vocal music is taught twice a week by trained music teachers. The children are given an opportunity to present a specially curated event at the NCPA. Attempts are also made to bring them to NCPA for a field trip/show at least twice a year so as to expose them to the world of performing arts.
This initiative is currently supported by Citi Bank, Godrej, HDFC and Sahachari Foundation Endowment
Until March 2016, this project was also supported by Quantum Asset Management Co Pvt Ltd and Macquarie.
UNDERSTANDING FUNDAMENTALS OF HINDUSTANI MUSIC
Have you always wanted to learn about Indian music but did not know where to start? Have you wanted to be an informed listener of Indian music? We offer a special opportunity for uninitiated adults and working professionals to familiarise themselves with the fundamental concepts of melody, rhythm, composition, improvisation and various instruments in the context of Hindustani (North Indian) music. It is designed to combine instruction with live demonstration as well audio and video recordings. The course will be conducted in English/Hindi in two sessions of three hours each. Participants will also receive written material on the subject.
Workshop for advanced students in Hindustani music conducted by a senior guru.
Under this educational initiative, a senior guru is invited to impart advanced training to a select group of music practitioners.