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Chandrakant Sitar endeavor


Continuity of cultural practices often requires aid and support of sympathetic outsiders; yet, it is only in action that it retains longevity. Madhukali has organized concerts, workshops and seminars. Young and mature artistes have been encouraged with award and felicitation. Appreciation modules in various fields – art, music, theatre – introduce the young to aesthetics and creative thought. Dr. Misra proclaimed that existence of an artiste is justified by his art. The only competition he may be allowed is with himself. Yet, as an educator devoted to standardizing of music-teaching, he was tolerant to the idea of healthy competition – the sort that would  encourage a person towards a particular art-form. He  considered it the responsibility of educators involved that while it serves to provide a platform, the competition should not generate materialistic traits and negative emotions of jealousy and rivalry.

During most of his adult age, the boy-wizard of Sitar constantly tried to reach the young talent. Chandrakant’s desire was to identify and encourage musical talent. He would travel to regular schools, institutions for differently-abled and even resorts for senior, so that music played first-hand could relax, heal and inspire the listeners. In memory of his father and Guru, Sardeshmukh Maharaj, he constituted an award for talent-of-the-year. After Chandrakant left for his heavenly abode, his wife Dr. Pooja Sardeshmukh, in consultation with friends, academics and musicians decided to follow a transparent, time-bound system to encourage young musicians taking up Sitar.  The foundation has approached reputed Guru-s, teachers and institutions to motivate their students for Annual Chandrakant Sitar Award. From this year – 23rd February 2013 – a concert Nava Swar too has been planned to provide a platform to talent identified through the award process.

Darshanam, Japan

First Dr. Chandrakant Sardeshmukh Sitar Competition 2013

The First Dr. Chandrakant Sardeshmukh Sitar competition will be held by Darshanam, Japan in Pune in 2013. Details are as below.


1. The Competition is open to all artists performing on traditional Indian Sitar.
2. And to those who belong to any state of India, with age limits 15-28 as of January 1st 2013.
3. The winner of the past edition is not allowed to compete again. (Not applicable for 2013)
4. Application materials must be received no later than March 15th 2013, and must be sent to: Darshanam c/o Dr. Pooja Sardeshmukh, 203 Amruta Apartments, Ashok Path, Off Law College Road, Erandavane, Pune 411004, email
5. The Competition organization in cooperation with other entities will offer the possibility to organize some concerts for the winner of the Competition.
6. The jury is not obliged to award all the prizes. Their decision is final.
7. All grants and prizes shall be subject to taxes at the statutory rate.
8. The awarded artists must personally collect their prize in the award ceremony separately held, and will play during the Winners Concert without receiving a remuneration. A refusal entails cancellation of the award.
9. For 2013 Competition, there is no entry fee.


1. The following documents must be sent well before March 15th, 2013
a) Photocopy of legal document regarding age and nationality.
b) One passport size photograph, in a digital format, if possible, sent by e-mail.
c) Brief Curriculum Vitae in English.
d) Application form
e) A 20 minute Audio CD recording.
f) Performance also uploaded to You Tube and (not public but selective) URL link sent to Darshanam
g) One passport size photograph of performance mood with instrument.

lll – COMPETITION STAGES -Calendar for 2013

1. The Competition consists of an Eliminatory Round and Final.
a. ELIMINATORY ROUND: Based on the Audio CD recordings, up to 8 finalists will be selected
b. FINAL: A self chosen program lasting no longer than 40 minutes, consisting of pieces of different styles. To be performed in person, in Amruta Apartments, Ashok Path, Off Law College Road, Erandavane, Pune (Residence of Dr. Chandrakant Sardeshmukh)
c. The Final round will be open to public. Capacity of Amruta Apartment is about 30 persons.
d. Felicitation of awardees will take place in Annual Darshanam Awards event in December
2. No work may be repeated.
3. All the works must be performed by heart.
4. CD recordings will be received from the contestants by Darshanam and will not be returned.
5. Preliminary screening of CDs will be conducted by Darshanam Team members.
6. Final round judges will be selected by Darshanam Team members

lV – CALENDAR 2013

1. Jan 01- Mar 15- Receive applications
2. Mar 15-May 30 – Eliminatory round
3. May 30 –June 10 – Final round candidates will be informed by email
4. August 17- 18 Final round will be conducted
5. August 17 Session #1 -Morning session – 10 AM to 12 PM – 4 artists will perform.
6. August 17 Session #2 -Afternoon session from 3 PM to 7 PM, next 4 artists will perform.
7. August 18 – Awards will be declared
8. August 18- finalists workshop will be conducted in Amruta
9. December 28/29 Annual Darshanam Awards event in Pune


1. Only one prize will be given as cash award of Rs. 20,000.
2. All finalists will be given certificates by Darshanam


1. Pune City, Maharashtra.


1. For artists when they perform in event planned by Darshanam, basic accommodation will be taken care of.
2. Artists will have to bear their own To and Fro travel costs.



On his tour around the country the Mahatma espied an eight year old girl. She carried a bucket of water in her right hand and a two year old hitched on her waist protectively hooked by her left. He asked, “How can you carry this pail of water with that burden?” The girl replied, “It is not a burden, he is my brother.”

Caught up in the race to keep pace, we often forget our treasure, our heritage and consider it as a burden. Once the initial effort to break the inertia of proud belonging is made, our inheritance shall make us strong and confident to enjoy challenges life brings. With no past possession, we anxiously pursue worth that may grant us fulfillment.

Heritage is our ready-made fulfillment; it does away with the worry of attaining lasting value, for we have it right now. Look within and find it. Look around with that knowledge and find the world lovelier than before.


Surashri Kesarbai Kerkar — Indian Classical vocalist of the Jaipur-Atrauli gharana.

anniversary Celebrations for ICH Convention


In the Fifth Session of the Intergovernmental Committee (5.COM)  at Nairobi a decision was taken to focus attention and garner support at all levels for Safeguarding of ICH practices by celebrating the year 2013 as tenth anniversary of the Convention.  Madhukali plans to organize events in spirit with the Convention. Suggestions for holding activities relating to music, dance and other arts that encourage appreciation, continuance and strengthening of  ICH practices may be sent to ich at

Eager Fingers


While many of the students sat listening to Chandrakant ji’s recital, anecdotes and tips about listening and learning classical music, there was one who sat wondering whether she would have the courage when time came. She started off with a simple question and soon it was in the open that Vidhi Chag is herself a sitar player. It came as surprise to many and answer to a schoolmate’s query that why don’t young people play sitar? The generous artistes handed over their instruments with Ulhas Rajhans inviting Ajinkya Gandhe to accompany Vidhi.

View the youngsters perform as the maestros applaud.


How Hollow is the Cylinder?


By Shruti Tiwari

The conference room was jam-packed with interested students. It was an activity specially designed for them. In their routine classes, they learn about process of film-making and its technical aspects in fragmented details. This afternoon AATMA and Films4debate had brought them out of their classrooms for something which promises to be their chosen vocation. Dr. Akhilesh Singh introduced the coordinators of AATMA who explained why training for appreciation of arts is vital for a fuller existence. Some guests had also come including film-critics, journalists and professors from other discipline and institutions.

The film, a short documentary on issues related with bamboo, despite its relaxed pace kept everyone engrossed. The twenty five minute film seemed to end much sooner. The students were handed a questionnaire on the film and everyone started writing down their response. It is to their credit that none of the students seemed casual or disinterested. The questions dealt with communication of message and technical aspects that enhanced its appeal.

Dr. Akhilesh Singh set the ball rolling with his observation that the film did not establish a clear line of action for the people, despite presenting the problems related with bamboo pretty well. Karnika felt that the film hailed bamboo as ‘poor man’s timber’ while Pankhuri opined that it presented bamboo as an industrial alternative to timber. Bharat and several others agreed that the environmental message came out well as secondary concern. The issues were succinctly summed up by Prateek as promotion of (i) extensive use of bamboo, (ii) shattering related myths and (iii) raising awareness of bamboo as raw material for industry. Ritu Motwani bemoaned that though it was pointed out in the film that bamboo map and poverty map of India match pretty well, this was not discussed any further. Tarun agreed with the film that policies of government preclude bamboo industry from developing, but someone immediately pointed out that success story of a lady entrepreneur indicates governmental encouragement to the issue.

The students also marked certain areas as ‘grey’ and ‘fuzzy’. Tarun found that film fell short of depicting the effects of governmental policies and problems like flowering, on people related to bamboo industry. Purva found the ending abrupt because after such effective build-up, the audience expected a clear solution. Rohit felt that excessive close-up disconnected persons giving interview from background and mood of the film. Aayush seconded this opinion. This brought grunts of disagreement from many. Prateek remarked that neither was there any link to Jarwa-s, mentioned once in narration, in script nor in visuals. Runzhun felt that flowering of bamboo was again a superfluous issue mentioned without explanations.

Dr. Chandan Gupta, delighted with this opportunity of correcting his students refrained from making any immediate remarks. He introduced the technical aspects pointing out brilliant camera work by Nandan Saxena who is also the director of the film. This effectively removes any possible lack of communication between director and the cameraman. Students were at ease with technical aspects. They appreciated the angle and pace of the camera, though some did not feel comfortable with interviewees popping in and out of the frame. They all agreed that soulful use of flute enhanced the appeal of the film. Some were also charmed by the original chants of the natives trying to push rats out of the bushes. Kunal was moved by the chirping of birds; Rupak was impressed by the narration (by Jitendra Ramprakash). Someone found the shot of rat-tales quite forceful, but most students agreed that well-planned shot of bamboo being split by the lathe was most impressive. The discussion could have gone on and on, but Shri Dileep Gupte drew attention to the documentary being a film with limited goals. Almost everybody agreed that within this definition the film was complete. Dr. Chandan Gupta now pointed out that film like any other medium posses the ability to make specific communication, but like the others also has an existence beyond this limited role. One should not judge a film on delivery of information or outlining a plan or policy for action alone; how the filmmaker chooses to say is at times more important than what.

Kavita Bahl, co-director, wrote a measured script that accords this short production the fleeting quality which leaves viewers asking for more.

Screening at EMRC


AATMA, in collaboration with Films4debate, shall hold an appreciation event at EMRC DAVV, Indore, at 1:45 p.m. on 22nd August, 2009.

After screening of Hollow Cylinder, a film by Nandan Saxena and Kavita Bahl, discussion on following lines would be encouraged:

  • Clarity of Message
  • Message Integrity
  • Communicative Intensity
  • Appeal – Visual, Aural, Emotional, Intellectual

Recalling in Tranquility


I often wondered about the process involved in aesthetic experience. There are things that appeal to us naturally. If people we value appreciate the same thing we feel that our taste is commendable. Often such a taste goes against the preference of the masses. It was as student of literature that I developed an insight into the aesthetic process. Still, when it came to fine arts and that too music it became all too complex. A poem does not get fragmented when we talk about a particular image, but as we speak of a musical phrase we seem to undermine rest of the composition. More often than not, people find it difficult to pinpoint what musical part endears the whole composition to them. Further, to explain the combination of notes that would make a composition likeable is again a difficult thing. So, if we wish to tap aesthetic sensibility of children and nurture it along a desired direction what should we do?

To read more ……………………………….Swati on Tranquility

Malhar 2009


Appreciative Generation | 1 Aug 09

Appreciative Generation | 1 Aug 09

In January 2009, Madhukali had organized appreciation events in Bhopal and Indore. Students of Trinity Engineering College, Bhopal were addressed by Mr. G. Raj Narayan, an engineer-cum-musician of Bangalore and Veena player Smt. Radhika Raj Narayan. The engineering students were captivated by the lucid presentation of the speakers who narrated the story of how music and electronics merged empowering performers and learners of Indian music. Dr. Chandrakant Sardeshmukh gave lecture-demonstration at Music College, Indore and Science College Indore. Story-telling and recitation by poets were planned along with film sessions in the two cities. At a media institution, after a show of his documentary……  (Click here to read more)