Ever since its inception, the Wednesday Recital has been a tradition with ITC-SRA. The recital plays a pivotal role in the training of our scholars as it is aimed at moulding an artist as a performer. After the initial training, each of our scholars has to learn to perform before a discerning audience, consisting of the Experts Committee, gurus, critics, fellow scholars and music lovers. The Wednesday Recital thus provides a platform where not only the scholar’s vocal skills but also his or her knowledge of stagecraft and presentation skills in acknowledging seniors, accompanists and the audience are put to the test.
This session is recorded and is evaluated subsequently. The scholar’s performance is graded and necessary guidance offered is by the Experts Committee. Each scholar's turn at this Wednesday recital comes once in three-four months. Non-performing scholars help organise the whole show, from arranging the seating to managing the stage and from welcoming the guests to comparing.
This feature brings to you excerpts from our Wednesday Recital archives. This fascinating collection of music spread over nearly thirty-five years, features the music of SRA scholars, both past students who are today stalwarts in the field as well as our present budding musicians.
Shatavisha learnt the first notes of Indian classical music from Pandit A Kanan as a four year old. Associated with the ITC Sangeet Research Academy from that tender age, she continues her musical training as a junior scholar under Pandit Ulhas Kashalkar.
She has great love for history, the subject that she is studying for a Masters degree at Jadavpur University, Kolkata. She also has an affinity for literature and mathematics, which give her an insight into the art and science of traditional Indian music.
She was awarded the national scholarship from the Ministry of Culture, Government of India, in 2014. Shatavisha is also a graded artist of and a regular performer on All India Radio, Kolkata, in both the Khayal and Bhajan categories.
She has performed at many concert stages across the country including the ITC Sangeet Sammelan, Kolkata, in 2014.