Saptami 2019 Music and Dance Talent Search
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About the Event
SAPTAMI, Dallas is a volunteer run non-profit organization operating since 2010. We started with the basic idea to promote Classical Dance and Music and nurture talent. Early on we realized the fragmented nature of how Indian Classical art forms are being taught across the country. When comparing how students gain credit and accolades in Indian classical art forms vs western classical music it was clear that there was a gap. The time, effort and dedication of students, parents and teachers pursuing Indian Classical art form is phenomenal. However, noticed that our students are not able to gain credit for it consistently compared to a student pursuing Western classical arts (Piano)
We decided to showcase Carnatic music to mainstream US education systems and approached school districts. Questions posed by US school districts– How many students are enrolled? Is there a common curriculum? Do all teachers teach the same? And few more…
Step 1 - Identify talents across US and provide opportunities both in US and aborad. This will bring awareness and bring talents in mainstream.
Step 2 - Certification and Felllowship. This consists of several stages and Saptami will take up one by one and implement.
This led us to develop a curriculum for Classical music and dance with inputs from local and leading artists in the field. In this model, students continue to learn from their teachers and participate in certifications as they progress through their learning. Local US music teachers proctor both theory and practical tests for their students. Once a student reaches higher level of learning they are judged by a senior/alternate teacher. Our current enrollment of students in this program is 500. We expect to reach the stars with our expansion to 6 other locations in the US.