Juhi Thakur Talks to Rithwik Foundation about Sammaan 2020
“Sammaan.” A Hindi word for Respect and Recognition.
Sammaan 2020 urges respect for our art forms and recognition for our young talented students of Indian Music and Dance.
Sammaan is a global talent hunt platform with panelists who are legendary and celebrated. These maestros will mentor and nurture young, upcoming talents who enroll for Sammaan. This competition brings together a galaxy of the shiniest stars today in the world of Indian classical music and dance. The hunt is on for the best talents in vocal, instrumental and classical dance.
Who are the panelists of Sammaan?
Sammaan has maestros like Shankar Mahadevan and Pandit Jayateerth Mevundi for Vocals, Hindustani Classical, and Carnatic Music. Purbayan Chatterjee for strings, Pandit Satish Vyas for Santoor. Pandit Pravin Godkhindi for wind instruments. Rujuta Soman for Classical Dance , Pandit Yogesh Samsi for Percussions. Pandit Ajay Joglekar for Harmonium. Debopriya Chatterjee for flute. And Talat Aziz Ji for Ghazals.
Sammaan is a bridge between the young talented students from across the world and their right to recognition. A platform to showcase their talent and be nurtured by the stalwarts of Indian classical Music and Dance. Sammaan also intersperses different art forms. So many celebrity artists coming together is truly a novel experience.
What’s so special about Sammaan?
These tough times of global lock down has truly brought the best out of foundations like Rithwik Foundation for Performing Arts and Shankar Mahadevan Academy.
The innovation and the magic we are going to see was started off on 5th July, on the occasion of Guru Purnima. Registrations close on 15th August (tick tock, tick tock…) and the rest of the process will go on till Dussera 25 October 2020. The excitement till then will be enough to make artists all over the globe forget the difficulties the world faced this year. It will bring out the best in the young talents who will be nurtured into the stars of the future.
Sammaan has the potential to change the future of Indian art forms by reaching out digitally to voluminous audiences and creating a digital space for all the young performers out there who have been waiting for an opportunity like this to come their way. Gone are the days when you had to travel thousands of kilometers to participate in a competition and stand in long queues for hours.
Now it can be done from the comfort of your home, with your family right there to cheer you.
This is a new era of performances and innovation. all you need is internet connectivity and passion to showcase your talent in your preferred art form.
Where else will there be a space like this?
A little bit about participation specifics
Students of age group 6 – 14 years can participate in the children category and 14+ year old’s can participate in the adult category. This is a time like never before. The world is new in many ways and so are the ways of navigating through.
Making this talent hunt a global success is responsibility of all connoisseur and patrons of Indian classical music and dance. Awaiting unique performances and many, many participants at Sammaan.
Juhi is a corporate banker, but is keen to promote the India Performing Arts. She is closely associated with RFPA, and its sub-division, Rujuta Soman Cultural Academy. Juhi has always supported events organized by these two organizations.