ITC Sangeet Research Academy
ITC Sangeet Research Academy is a Hindustani classical music academy run by the corporate house, ITC Ltd.. It is located in Kolkata, India. Noted musicians associated with the academy include Ulhas Kashalkar Ajoy Chakrabarty Mashkoor Ali Khan Girija Devi. Satyajit Ray, was one of the trustees.
|Purpose||Hindustani classical music education, research and archives|
ITC Sangeet Research Academy (ITC-SRA) was established in 1978 with the objective of preserving and promoting Hindustani Classical Music. Vijay Kichlu (Agra), of the celebrated vocal duo Kichlu Brothers, was the Founding Director. The academy has housed several great musicians and gurus of India ever since its inception. Hirabai Barodekar (Kirana gharana), Ustad Ishtiyaaq Husain khan Sahab and Ustad Nissar Hussain Khan Sahab (Rampur Sahaswan), Nivrutti bua Sarnaik (Jaipur), Latafat Hussain Khan (Agra), Ajoy Chakraborty (Patiala), Pt. A Kanan, Sangeet Vidushi Malabika Kanan, Arun Bhaduri, and Ulhas Kashalkar (Gwalior) are some of the prominent musicians who have served or continue to serve as gurus. The academy has also produced a string of performers such as Ajoy Chakraborty, Rashid Khan, Arun Bhaduri, Shubhra Guha, Kaushiki Chakraborty, Shashank Maktedar, Brajeswar Mukherjee, Omkar Dadarkar, Sanjoy Banerjee,Deborshee Bhattacharjee,Samarth Nagarkar, Arshad Ali Khan, Shantanu Bhattacharya, Anirudh Bhattacharya, Abir Hussain (Sarod), Ratan Bharati( Classical Guitar),Ayan Sen Gupta (Sitar) and many more.
The academy carries out research in Hindustani classical music in order to restore some of the undocumented works by the maestros.
The academy organises a classical music festival called as ITC SRA Sangeet Sammelan every year in all major cities in India. These Sammelans showcase the best of their talent and also present the greatest musicians of the country. They also organise the ITC SRA Mini Sangeet Sammelan in smaller cities.