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Chas (Jharkhand) : DPS Chas in Bokaro District in Jharkhand,  in association with SPICMACAY (Society for the Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture Amongst Youth), organised a webinar ‘Samagam Shrinkhala’ on virtual platform on December 17, 2020,  in which two internationally renowned shehnai maestros Sanjeev Shankar and Ashwani Shankar enthralled hundreds of students of the school.

Sanjeev and Ashwani are sons of internationally acclaimed shehnai exponent Pandit Daya Shankar belonging to the Banaras Gharana. The siblings started the programme with a prayer “Prabhuji Daya Karo” composed by their Guru followed by Raag Shudh Sarang and “Raghu Pati Raja Ram” song which enthralled the listeners. They were accompanied on tabla by Anand Shankar.

Later answering the questions of DPS Chas students Falak Mishra, Rajeshwari Singh, Aditi Shubham, Aman Kumar, Sangeeta, Aryan Raj, Vikash, and Vaibhavi Gunjan, the shehnai duo shared their views on the uniqueness of the dhuns of Banaras Gharana, information on Shehnai musical instrument, difference between Karnataka and Hindustani Music, scientific reasons behind the time period for different ragas, upcoming career opportunities in the field of music and scope of shehnai in the contemporary age. They also shared their experience on their performance on national and international platform.

It may be mentioned here that young representatives of a traditional family of musicians of Benaras Gharana, Sanjeev & Ashwani were privileged to take lessons of Shehnai from their grandfather, the legendary Shehnai player Pt. Anant Lal and from legendry musician Pt. Ravi Shankar. Sanjeev Shankar and Ashwani Shankar made their mark as young talents early in their life and performed in India and other countries like USA, France, Spain, Ireland, England, Scotland, Hungary, Slovakia, Japan and Bangladesh.

In her message from Delhi, Chief Mentor of the school, Dr Hemlata S Mohan said, “SPIC MACAY is responsible for making a wonderful contribution towards educating the youth about their culture and heritage.” She expressed her gratitude towards SPICMACAY for the upliftment of Indian music and the cultural plethora.

The Coordinators of the webinar were Pankaj Malhotra, National coordinator for schools, SPIC MACAY and Rajeev, State Coordinator, Jharkhand, SPIC MACAY.

Officiating Principal, DPS Chas, P Shailaja Jayakumar, thanked SPICMACAY and the artists for their wonderful performance helping to educate youth about culture and Indian Classical Music.