To start a Music & Research Academy at this sacred seat of Indian classical music had been a dream of patrons of Indian classical music for the last many decades. Pandit Madan Lal Bali started Harivallabh Sangeet Academy in 1956. But the academy could not complete a decade.
The desire to start a well organised music academy was further
strengthened with each passing year as the fusion and western music was
finding greater appeal amongst the youth and at times it was felt that
the age old tradition of Indian classical music was losing its appeal in
the younger generation.
Gauging the gravity of the situation,
Harballabh Sangeet Mahasabha which has been making its earnest
endeavours in the last 137 years, to preserve and propagate Hindustani
Classical Music by organizing Annual Sangeet Sammelan, Sangeet
Pratiyogita, Sangeet Utsavs, Seminars etc decided that:
To preserve the purity of Indian Classical Music
To nurture it so that the priceless heritage is
not lost with the passage of time, and
To propagate in amongst the initiated or
un-initiated, especially the younger generation
Shree Baba Harballabh Sangeet Mahasabha must establish a modern 'Gurukul' –
an institution for imparting rigorous training in Indian Classical Music to
the students of music by the most competent guides and maestros.
project for establishing Harivallabh Music & Research Academy was initiated
in the year 2007.
A resolution to this effect was passed by the general body during meeting
held on 12th December, 2007
Our plans got
a boost when S. Prakash Singh Badal declared a grant of Rs. One Crore, for
the establishment of the Academy during the Sangeet Sammelan in 2007.
To nurture and propagate the priceless heritage of Indian Classical music,
beginning with Hindustani Classical Music, through the age old learning
tradition of 'Guru-Shishya Parampara'.
The loss of
royal patronage threw the arts open to public mercy. Classical music, in its
pure form, is fundamentally a complex study and therefore, cannot come
within the reach of the uninitiated. As a result, serious music suffered.
Pt. V N Bhatkhande and Pt. V D Paluskar tried to bring classical music
within the reach of the middle class intelligentsia, in a systematic way, by
introducing music education in universities and institutions. But such
institutions rarely succeeded in producing musicians.
reveals that the only effective method to impart the complex techniques of
any art form, especially music, is through long years of close involvement
between teacher and student. This enables the teacher help the student
imbibe music as an art form, while yet allowing it to naturally unfold in
its full creative splendour.
Sangeet & Research Academy is being created with the aim of stemming the
process of gradual distortion and dissipation in traditional forms and
techniques of Indian classical music.
The aim is to establish a modern 'Gurukul' and revive the traditional 'Guru-Shishya
To ensure quality education and research, the Academy would be run
basic objectives Harivallabh Sangeet & Research Academy are:
1. To create an effective training system.
2. To rationalize traditional data with the help of modern research methods
3. To promote and propagate Indian Classical music
Sangeet & Research Academy shall provide the security and the comforts of a
home and the opportunity for a brighter future to both the gurus and the
scholars. It shall achieve this through the implementation of its objectives
based on a training system that is essentially the Guru-Shishya Parampara
with suitable contemporary fine-tuning.
The quality of
the average listener plays a vital role in the development of music. In the
current Indian classical music scenario, where the audience has assumed the
role of the most decisive patron, the task of nourishing a solid base of
high quality listeners has become a critical factor for the survival of the
best values in music.
Sangeet & Research Academy shall undertake the task of creating a wide
variety of platforms all over the country and abroad, which attempt:
1. To take high quality music systematically to areas and sections of the
population who otherwise do not enjoy access to it.
2. To cater to specialized audience needs and create connoisseurs of music
by changing the conventional conference mould and creating new thematic
3. To commemorate those veterans and doyens of classical music whose
'pursuit of music as a form of knowledge has enabled us to establish and
perpetuate a community of shared values'.
The spirit of enquiry shall remain one of the foundations on which
Harivallabh Sangeet & Research Academy shall ensure the continuity of
India's musical heritage. Harivallabh Sangeet & Research Academy shall probe
all areas in the structure and material of musical traditions today.
Shree Baba Harivallabh Sangeet Mahasabha plans to establish:
1. A Music School for those who appreciate Indian Classical Music.
2. A Music & Research Academy for those who want Indian Classical Music as a
3. Music Workshops conducted by the eminent artists of Indian Classical
Music for the benefit of students of music,
4. A Music University to finally test the abilities, talent, of the students
of Music and to grant them degrees in music,
5. A Music Archive for housing recordings of the great maestros, Music
Library containing Audio, Video Recordings, Reference books on music to
fulfill the quest for material for the research scholars.
6. A Music Therapy centre to help people get de-stressed ……
7. A Building complex that will house all the facilities and of course
8. A Team of trainers, experts, technicians and the students, the research
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Construction of Harivallabh Bhawan
foundation of this long awaited project was laid in June 2006 with the
magnanimous donation of a piece of land by Shree Devi Talab Mandir
Prabandhak Committee to Shree Baba Harivallabh Sangeet Mahasabha for
building Harivallabh Bhawan to house the proposed music school, Sangeet &
Research Academy, an auditorium to hold music workshops and small concerts
and to house the music library and archive.
got a boost when the Chief Minister of Punjab S. Parkash Singh Badal
announced a generous grant of Rupees One Crore for the establishment of
Harivallabh Sangeet & Research Academy.
Manoranjan Kalia, Minister for Local Bodies, Industry, Punjab handed over
the cheque of Rs.One Crore to accelerate the activities.
It had been decided to carry out the project in Three Phases.
Phase -1 -
To build the outer shell and internal structural work. - The work has
already been completed.
In reciprocation of the generous offer made by Shaheed Ramesh Chander
Memorial Society to donate Rs.10 Lacs, the Mahasabha has decided to name one
hall as Shaheed Ramesh Chander Hall. The auditorium will be named after the
great freedom fighter Shri Manmohan Kalia
Phase - 2 -
To carry out the interior finishing and furnishing work. To get the
acoustics work and Air Conditioning work completed. To ensure installation
of electrical, electronic equipments is complete within two years. - The
work on this is in progress.
Phase - 3 -
To complete the roof top garden cum open air music concert hall within three
- On 7th
January 2010, Harivallabh Music School was inaugurated to impart formal
education in Indian Classical Music to school and college students – free of
Aacharyas have given their consent to establish and carry forward Guru –
well equipped Music Archive has been setup for the benefit of Research
students. For the present it has been housed in the office of the Treasurer.
It will be shifted in Harivallabh Bhawan as soon as the same is ready
Workshops & Sangeet Seminars –
Demonstration music workshops and Sangeet seminars are being organised at
regular intervals for the benefit of students of music.
Work on the
establishment of Harivallabh
Sangeet Vishvidyalaya is
still in the planning stage.
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can only be built by pooling in of resources by the leaders in trade,
industry, government, well wishers and donors.
Punjab Government has very kindly contributed Rupees One Crore for the
establishment of Harivallabh Music Academy.
Financial contributions to the tune of Rs.300 Lacs are required immediately
to maintain the pace of work of building this great institution.
You are one
of the few privileged persons who can afford to make a lasting contribution
in promoting and preserving Indian Classical Music.
make a generous contribution towards this noble cause, Contact
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