The Saptak School of Music is a major institution in Ahmedabad, India, imparting classical music and performing arts education. The famous Russian composer and concert pianist Sergei Rachmaninov had once said that, “Music is enough for a lifetime, but a lifetime is not enough for music.” To delve deeper into the world of music, a group of performers and music connoisseurs in Ahmedabad started on a journey in 1980 The quest was to connect with all those who were associated with Indian classical music – as a performer, as a student or as a rasika (listener). The initiative had the blessings of two legends of Indian Classical Music – Pt. Ravishankar and Pt. Kishan Maharaj. Nearly 30 years later, the spark of inspiration continues to burn bright, lighting up the path for newer initiatives that continue to evolve.
At the Saptak School of Music one learns not just the fundamentals of Hindustani Classical Music but also a feel for the finer aspects of appreciating subtle nuances, honing aesthetic sensibilities and learning how to be a performer and a listener. Starting out in 1981 with 77 learners, the school today has more than 250 learners on its rolls.
In the fledgling years when Saptak was looking for premises to start the classes, it was Shri Himmatbhai Kapasi, Managing Trustee of Vidyanagar High School, (Usmanpura Ahmedabad), who readily offered the school’s premises for Saptak’s classes. The tradition continues even today. At 5 pm every evening, the school is filled with the strains of the sitar, sarangi, violin and flute, the resonating beats of the tabla and pakhawaj and swaras reverberating in the air.
There are several aspects that distinguish Saptak as a school of music.
Learning music here is not a time-bound, exam or syllabi oriented study. While the starting age is eight years, there is no upper age limit at the school. The teachers are performers themselves who initiate and hone the students’ skills in the guru shishya parampara tradition. Active learning also extends to observing maestroes perform and interacting with them to enrich one’s knowledge of music.
Talented students are encouraged to perform before a small selected group of music lovers and connoisseurs at Saptak Archives. From here on, the students who show promise move on to a bigger platform.
A deep and abiding passion for music, the right temperament for learning, an ever widening sphere of knowledge and an exposure to best performing talents in the field of Indian classical music – this is what a student gains at the Saptak school of music.
Saptak School of Music Address:
Saptak School of Music, Vidyanagar High School Premises, Usmanpura, Ahmedabad - 380007