In 1987, Pandit Sharda Sahai and Dr Frances Shepherd founded the Pandit Ram Sahai Sangit Vidyalaya (PRSSV), a charitable trust that seeks to give people of all walks of life a chance to experience and learn the performing arts of India. PRSSV along with its subsidiary trust Pandit Ram Sahai Foundation is a global organisation with branches in India, Canada and the USA.
PRSSV's Sangeet College was set up as a centre of learning where students from all backgrounds have the opportunity with the brightest and most talented teachers.
As the demand for learning Indian vocal, instrumental and dance rises, Sangeet College is expanding its resources to accommodate for students across London. Weekly group sessions of Tabla at levels including beginner, intermediate and advanced are run at Harrow High School and Harrow Arts Centre in North West London. Sangeet College also runs classes in schools and for community organisations across London. It also supports the running of Tabla workshops and summer camps in the UK and USA (www.sahai.org).
While the activities of Sangeet College are overseen by Dr Frances Shepherd, elder mature students, friends and parents play a role in strengthening the support network of the organisation. This is notably seen by the organisation of the Sangeet College Parent Association, led by Vinod Pankhania and Nitin Mehta, which provides support to students and parents and handles the general administration involved with the college.
At the heart of it all, Sangeet College is a community of artists, parents, friends, students and music lovers.
PANDIT SHARDA SAHAI
Pandit Sharda Sahai one of India’s most renowned tabla maestros, is being mourned the world overafter passing away on 20th November 2011, at the age of 76 surrounded by his family in Ealing Hospital. Panditji was renowned as one of the greatest exponents of the Benares Baj and pioneered its development worldwide, most notably in Canada, America and the UK. Panditji hailed from five generations of master musicians and whilst he was faithful to the tradition of his ancestors he also was very much a musician of his time.
He profoundly touched all those who came into contact with him with his great wisdom, knowledge and humour. He will be remembered for his spellbinding solo performances, East West collaborations and skill and generosity as a teacher. His legacy will live on through his disciples and students and in the Pandit Ram Sahai Sangeet Vidyalaya which he founded in Benares in 1965 outside of the traditional musician families could have access to Music and the Performing Arts.