Sri Shanmukhananda Fine Arts And Sangeetha Sabha

Sion, Mumbai, Maharashtra

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Sri Shanmukhananda Sangeetha Sabha & Fine Arts was established in 1952, with the main objective of promoting Fine Arts in the city of then Bombay. Today, the objective has expanded to include providing a platform to budding artistes, to showcase their talents, impart training in various fields of Fine Arts to aspiring students, providing affordable health care in certain critical areas to the vulnerable sections of society and promote national integration through its various activities.
The Sabha Auditorium, which has a capacity of 2763, has been and continues to be the venue for some of the finest cultural events and programs in the field of performing arts. Distinguished personalities who have performed in the Sabha include Bharat Ratna Dr. M. S. Subbulakshmi, Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar, M. L. Vasanthakumari, Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer, Lalgudi Jayaraman, Pt. Bhimsen Joshi, Ustad Bismillah Khan, Ustad Zakir Hussian, Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia, Kishori Amonker, Pt. Ravi Shankar, Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhonsle, S. P. Balasubramaniam, Zubin Mehta, to name a few. Almost all the current artists have performances to their credit in the Sabha, at one time or the other. The Sabha has also been visited by various political leaders including Lal Bahadur Shastri, Indira Gandhi, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Dr. Manmohan Singh and Lal Krishna Advani.
The Sabha auditorium was destroyed by a devastating fire in 1990. It has long been resurrected, rising from the ashes like a phoenix, thanks to the untiring efforts of Sabha members and help from the state government and various philanthropic agencies.
The Shanmukhananda Chandrasekarendra Saraswathi Auditorium is one of the finest examples of structural engineering and architectural aesthetics working in perfect unison, to synthesise and recreate the moods, melodies and drama of the performing artistes. The arrangements offer the perfect platform for music concerts, entertainment programs, dramas, marketing meets, business seminars, conferences and film screenings.
The auditorium has been designed on three tiers with spacious foyers to cater to large crowds. The Bharatiya Music & Arts Society (Regd.) was merged
into the Sabha in 2005. The Shanmukhananda Bharatiya Sangeetha Vidyalaya building has state-of-the-art facilities at its building at Bhaudaji Road Extension, Sion West,
The Sabha’s Music School teaches students in various fields of classical music and instruments.
The Sabha’s Medical Centre caters to the needs of the general public for treatment for Dialysis, Eye Care and General Medicine.
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The walls of Shanmukhananda reverberate with melody, rhythm and talent ! At its heart is the Music School, striving to keep our music traditions alive, the city’s only professional institution that trains students for a Diploma in Carnatic Music, recognised by Mumbai University.

The Music School is situated in Matunga, below Bharat Ratna
Dr. M. S. Subbulakshmi Auditorium. It is headed by Radha Namboodiri, Director and Principal of the School. It functions
on the advice of a Sub-Committee headed by the Sabha’s secretary, V. S. Amarnath Sury. The Music School has 400 students, dedicated to learning Indian classical music. In the Carnatic style, vocal, veena, violin and mrudangam are taught. In the Hindustani tradition, vocal, sitar, tabla and harmonium are taught.

Bharatanatyam classes are also conducted. More disciplines are being added. The School Library has 2000 books on Carnatic and Hindustani Music, including journals and souvenirs.

Those who have undergone basic training in music can use this excellent opportunity to further their passion. Even novices with a predilection towards music can achieve proficiency here, under the guidance of qualified teachers.

Faculty & Staff ^
The Sangeetha Vidyalaya has 17 faculty members imparting training in various streams such as Vocal, Veena, Violin, Mridangam, (in Carnatic Music) and Vocal, Sitar, Tabla and Harmonium in Hindustani Music and Bharatanatyam. These include the Director and the Teachers assigned to coach
Diploma in Music (KVC) course, Faculty members of Diploma in
Music (KVC) course and others.
• Smt. Radha Namboodiri (nee Warrier) Director & Principal
since June 2006

Carnatic Music
• Smt. J. Susheelaa Mani
• Smt. Lalita Iver
• Smt. Usha Shankar
• Smt. Mythili Sampath Kumar
• Shri S. R. Ramachandra Sarma
• Shri S. R. Balasubramanian
• Shri S. Gopakumar

• Smt. Jyothi Mohan
• Ms. Subha Vithal

Hindustani Music
• Shri Suresh Degwekar
• Shri Ravindra Pusalkar
• Shri P. V. Parchure
• Shri Milind Joshi
• Shri Rajan Singh Thakur
• Shri Vinay V. Dalvi

Sangeetha Vidyalaya & Shanmukha Journal Sub. Committee ^

Shri V. S. Amarnath Sury (Convenor)
Shri A. Seshan
Shri K. Rajagopalan
Smt. Radha Namboodiri

Courses offered
The Music School trains students in the following fields:
• Carnatic Vocal
• Veena
• Violin
• Mrudangam
• Hindustani Vocal
• Sitar
• Tabla
• Harmonium
• Bharatanatyam

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The Sabha has a canteen operated by an outside agency. The canteen can handle 500 people at a time and vegetarian snacks are available for the viewing public.

The Sabha does not allow any eatables inside the Auditorium nor does it encourage patrons from organizing food services for its invitees, without written permission.

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The main objective of the Sabha is to promote fine arts in pursuance of which the Sabha has provided a platform for numerous artistes to perform over the years. Both established and budding artistes have performed on various occasions in the Sabha.

The Sabha has a Music School where training is imparted in various fields of music, leading to a diploma in music by Mumbai University.

The Sabha Medical Centre provides medical care to the general public in the form of Eye Care, Dialysis and general medicine at subsidised

The Sabha has a membership strength of 2832, including 71 corporate members. At least two programmes are held for the members every month. The Sabha also conducts Annual Dance–Drama-Music Festival and Bhajan Mahotsav in honour of Saint Thyagaraja every year.

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Theatre Group

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Shanmukhananda Theatre Group was founded during the Golden Jubilee year of the Sabha, 2002-2003. Our first production was Amma retire aagiral, an adaptation from the famous Marathi play, Aayi retire hothi, directed by Parameswar K. R. The full-length three and a half hours play went on stage at Chandrasekhar Saraswathi Auditorium for the first time, on 27th July, 2004. This was later performed at five different venues in Mumbai. Participating troupe of actors were P. Subramaniam, Santhosh Rajan, S. Chandrasekhar, Saroj Chandrasekhar, R. S. Mani, Lalitha Ramesh, Gayathri Narayan, Ravi Swami and Asha Varadan.

The second production was a one hour play, Ardhanareeswaram, presented as part of the Members’ Day Celebrations on 15th August, 2006, written and directed by Santhosh Rajan. Next was a short drama of an hour’s duration, Petti niraya praptham, by Santhosh Rajan, staged in August 2007. She was asked to head the Theatre Group in September 2007.

Presented together, one before and one after interval, these two dramas were later staged at Vashi Fine Arts, Goregaon Tamil Sangam, for Vasantha Memorial Trust at Manik Sabhagriha and for Music Triangle at the University Auditorium.

Santhosh Rajan had a special folk dance, choreographed for the children of our members and yet another short drama of half an hour duration, Ettu potta ticket. These were presented on Members’ Day, 2008.

In June 2008, the Theatre Group published a book of short stories written by Santhoshji, titled Siru Kadhaigal and a function was organized by the Sabha for the release of the same. V. Shankar, Sabha President, expressed his desire to dramatize as many of these short stories as possible, for the stage. So far, two stories have been staged, Karuppum Veluppum and Kaaval Deivam. These were first staged at the Bombay Tamil Sangam Auditorium, under the auspices of Vasantha Memorial Trust and then at the Sabha Auditorium, in 2010.

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The long-felt need for setting up a Chamber Music Hall fructified with this state-of-the-art facility. Located on the second floor front foyer of the Auditorium Complex, it was named Sri Shanmukhananda Padma Ranga Music Hall, after the mother of the donor. The Music Hall was inaugurated on 5th April, 2009.

It has the following features:

• Seating capacity - 125 independent and comfortably padded chairs
with arm-rests

• Conditioned air for the hall is from an AC, set up independent of the
auditorium plant room and air distribution system.

• Though performances can be held without use of any sound
amplification, a sound system has been integrated in a
non-conspicuous manner, to meet the requirement when need

• The door panels, walls, ceiling and stage panels are all acoustically
designed, with proven materials.

• Lighting of the Hall is designed to be soft and non-intrusive.

• Fire detection and fire fighting system are provided.

• Side doors are 8' wide and are much wider than the
emergency auditorium doors, which are only 5' wide.

• The washrooms in the same floor will be modernized with automated
flush system with infra-red sensors.

• A small tea pantry has been provided on the same floor in the Lobby.

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This is ideal for small concerts. It is situated on the sixth floor of the Tower Block of the Sabha. The hall has an area of 800 sq. ft. including a riser of 25' width x 7' depth. It has a flexible seating capacity of 150 persons.

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The Lounge is on the first floor of the main building above the

front foyer. An additional lounge is being created on the same floor for VIPs who are accompanied by security personnel.

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Sangeetha Sangrahalaya

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The Sabha has taken a major initiative to set itself the broad agenda of documenting the various traditions of Indian classical music – temple music, folklore, ritualistic music and others.

Its own reservoir of recorded concerts held in the auditorium cover the legends of our times as well the promising talent that is well emerging out of the shadows and are destined to make significant contribution to the cause of Indian culture and fine arts.

A long felt need was to have a music library that will not only allow connoisseurs and patrons of fine arts to listen to vintage concerts of the past but its archives would also serve the purpose of research, lecture demonstrations and training. With this in view the Sangrahalaya was inaugurated on 28th December, 2008 at the blessed hands of His Holiness Pujyasri Jayendra Saraswati Swamigal, Sankaracharya of Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam. About 30,000 hours of recorded concerts received through donations from various sources have been uploaded and are available for listening pleasure..

The Sangrahalaya was set up at a cost of Rs. 30 lakhs which was fully donated. In taking forward this initiative the Sabha entered into an Memorandum of Understanding with Sampradaya, a voluntary non-profit organization engaged in documentation and archiving of South Indian music traditions for over three decades. Sampradaya is a Society registered under the Tamil Nadu Societies Registration Act of 1975.

Under the MOU, Sampradaya would make copies of its digitized archives available at the Sabha’s Sangrahalaya
on a permanent non-returnable basis for the purpose of education, research & training of musicians and music students and for the listening pleasure of music lovers.

The Sabha has provided adequate security systems, security encryption softwares and disable all USB and other ports to prevent duplication of any portion of its archives by any user at any point of time.

Sampradaya audio archives contain about 4000 hours of music of great masters beginning with Tiger Varadachariar and Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar down to the present day artistes. One of the significant projects carried out by Sampradaya is the audio-visual documentation of several temples where the Trinity of Carnatic Music worshipped and composed.

Singularly, this is one of the most significant initiatives of the Sabha in furthering the cause of Fine Arts and bringing within its mainstream, Indian culture to young minds.

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Womens Wing

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The Women’s Wing of the Sabha was started in 1999, with the idea of preserving, nurturing and promoting the rich traditions of our culture, besides rendering support to the main activities of the Sabha. In the last eleven years, the Women’s Wing has been very active in achieving its goal, by involving itself in various activities of interest.

Annual programmes are conducted, like Pongal, Tamil New Year, Drawing and Painting Competitions for Mumbai’s school children, Poster Competition for college students, Navaratri and Rangoli Competition.

Other events include:

• Cookery Contests
• Flower Arrangement Demonstrations
• Lectures on Mudra Therapy
• Ashtanga Yoga
• Awareness Programs on buying & maintaining silk by Silkmark
• Information on RTI
• A talk on how to face a bereavement in the family
• A panel discussion on whether the activities of a housewife is considered an economic activity
• Workshop on Skin Care
• Basics of Computers - classes for senior citizens (Sabha members)

For the year 2010-11, the Women’s Wing is headed by the Sabha’s Vice President, Smt. Santosh Rajan, who acts as the convener of the Women’s Wing Sub-Committee.

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Medical Centre

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The Medical Centre was inaugurated on 24th January, 1974.
It was later named Shanmukhananda Jasubhai R. J. Shah
Medical Centre.

The Centre handles
• Pathology (outsourced to Piramal Diagnostics)
• Sonography
• Lifestyle Diseases Management
• Physio Therapy
• Homeopathy
• General Medicine
• Psychiatry

The Kansai Nerolac Eye Care Centre started functioning from 1st January, 2008. It has a state-of-art Operation Theatre for cataract surgeries. An AJERI corner houses Yag Laser scan and perimetry instrument, donated by Aditya Jyoti Eye Research Institute (AJERI). In 2009-10, 441 cataract surgeries were performed. OPD turnout was 17,235 patients.

The Kansai Nerolac Dialysis Centre was started in the golden jubilee year of the Sabha i.e. 2002-03. The centre operates from the fifth floor of the tower block building. It has 10 dialysis machines. 3442 dialysis procedures were done in 2010. The tariff at Rs. 500 per dialysis is one of the lowest in the city.

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Quarterly Journal

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Shanmukha, quarterly journal, published by the Sabha has had a unique history of an unbroken run since April 1975, successfully working towards its un-proclaimed aim and objective, to be an instrument of education and promoting excellence in Fine Arts.

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