FAS MUSIC CONFERENCE 1 & 2 MARCH 2003

THEME : THE AUDIENCE FACTOR – "GETTING CLOSER TO MORE PEOPLE"

This Conference is the 5th in the series of Music Conferences that FAS has been holding in the last six years with a view to ensure that interest in traditional art-forms do not decline due to a lack of effort or understanding of the present scenario by Classical musicians, musicologists, music lovers and educationists.

The Conference will focus attention on the diminishing audience for series / classical music and the ways and means to counter it. As a Socio-Cultural institution, the FAS believes that socially, disciplined music servers as a diversion for then release of pent-up energy, specially in the young; music is grand leveler overcoming barriers of caste, sex and social status. Therefore, music is an useful instrument to employ and support for regulating mass behaviour, while providing enjoyment and entertainment.

While granting the artiste the freedom to express art the way he/she considers best, the Conference seeks to help today’s artiste in respecting ‘audience appeal’ as it the audience who often offer critical evolution which adds to the pressure but certainly motivates the performer to strive towards excellence.

Session speakers and Chairpersons have been carefully chosen from among the top musicians, musicologists, critics and educationists of the country. All the session are interactive in nature.

This is definitely a rare Conference on a unique theme – a must for students and music lovers alike for better appreciation of our traditional music.


HINDUSTANI CLASSICAL MUSIC CONFERENCE (2003)

The fine arts Society (FAS) is organizing Hindustani Classical Music conference on the 1st & 2nd March, 2003. the theme is : the Audience Factor – "Getting Closer to more people".

The objective of the conference is to focus thought on own two points of view, namely

a) In what manner could the time-honoured versions of classical Music attract larger audiences?

b) Whether it is desirable for classical musicians to seek a larger but general audience compared to the select but discerning audience as of today.

The FAS has conducted 4 conferences earlier, all of which were well attended by delegates, musicologists and performing artistes of renown, a host of dignitaries and students and lovers of music.

An exciting feature of the conference is that all the four sessions will be Interactive. This is expected to yield better and more meaningful results with the lively participation of the delegates, speakers and the panelists. The sessions will feature addresses and talks by

Shri. Amarendra Dhaneshwar  Dr. Hari Sahasrabuddhe  Smt. Shamali Bose.
Dr. Aneesh Pradhan  Shri. Kalyan Bose  Pt. Sharad Sathe
Pt. Arvind Parikh   Shri. P. K. Ravindranath Smt. Shruti Sadolikar
Dr. Ashok Ranade Ms. Purvi Parikh  Dr. Suvarnalata Rao
Smt. Ashwini Bhide  Dr. Sangeeta Shankar Dr. Vidyadhar Vyas.
Pt. Dinkar Kaikini Pt. Satish Vyas  

The Conference will cover a range of Educational and Interactive Sessions on Hindustani Musical Experience, the Challenges faced by the artistes, the Pulse of the Audience, use of Current Technology and so on.

Another excellent feature is that at the end of the Sessions each day, there will be concerts related to the Conference by eminent artistes like

Smt. Shruti Sadolikar Katkar  Haveli Sangeet
Smt. Ashwini Bhide Deshpande  Khyal
Smt. Sangeeta Shankar  Thumari
Shri Bhawani Shankar & Party  "Bramhanand"– sound of music vedic times till today

The two –day programme thus strives to bridge any gap between the performer on stage and the general music enthusiast and offer meaningful guidelines for appreciation of music and help more people Hindustani Music.

 

F.A.S. MUSIC CONFERENCE – HINDUSTANI CLASSICAL MUSIC
Theme : The Audience Factor – Getting Closer to More People.

It is an oft-repeated view that serious music (except the modern ‘avatar’s of shastriya Sangeet) is getting sidelined as far as the younger generation is concerned. Loud music; titillating music peppered with suggestive words, gestures and attire; and heavily rhythm-oriented composition; many prefer these against soft music; elevating music with a meaning and purpose devoid of vulgarity, and as performed by musicians in sober clothing; and musical composition in which raga delineations with delicate nuances are accompanied by audience of today for such serious music may stay loyal; but there is drift in the emerging audience towards non-classical idioms.

The objective of this Conference is to focus thought on the issue. The aim is to get more and more people to patronize the some serious forms of music.

The subject for the Conference ("Getting Closer to More People") will understandably raise two major points of view, namely.

a) In what manner could the time-honoured versions of classical Music attract larger audiences?

b) Whether it is desirable for classical musicians to seek a larger but general audience compared to the select but discerning audience as of today.

The first of the above queries raise the ‘how’ of the subject matter whereas the second center around the desirability of getting closer to more people with an eye on "quality" and perhaps closing the eye on "quality" as far as audience in numbers is concerned.

Concurrently, the challenges posed by alternative art forms (like light music and music influenced by the west e. g. fusion music) will be examined. Apparently, these are drawing away the younger generation with instantly appealing music as against the music of depth given through the more serous art forms. The aim is to ensure that interest in the traditional art forms will not decline due to lack of effort or understanding of the present scenario by classical musicians, musicologists and educationists.

The Fine Art Society feels that these points should be discussed and debated through the medium of expressed word (talks and papers) and lecture-demonstrations.

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