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THE SANGAM

Founding Principles

The Institute has been created to cater to the various levels and types of artistic expressions that emanate from the peoples of Trinidad and Tobago, from the subtle and ethereal to the materialistic. It is about touching the innermost core of our being and taking form through this manifestation in various levels of expressions. Its aim is to touch the lives of as many of our peoples as possible, especially the young impressionable ones, giving them purpose and identifying opportunities to achieve their full potential.

Its intention is to, form, inform and inspire our citizens, and especially the youths about the various positive aspects of our heritage and traditions while building on these in the present and for the future.

In this regard, its purpose is to bring art forms and the practitioners of these forms in direct contact with audiences and leave the chemistry of the performance; whether it is a lecturer on yoga, meditation, holistic health, a painter, sculpture, dancer, musician performer or just a story teller, to weave its own magic on the audience. It is about creating impact and awareness of artistic expressions and in all of its manifestations, forms and formats. 

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The explanation of the name of the Institute

These founding principles are manifested in the unique selection of the name of the Institute; The Kala Sangam. The word Kala refers to the Arts in their divergent streams; the creative and performing, literary, culinary and plastic arts. The word Sangam has several meanings. It is a convergence or congregation of things, ideas philosophies and like- minded peoples. At the educational and philosophical levels, the Sangam implies the ‘congregation of seekers’. The Kala Sangam therefore can be translated to mean seekers of higher levels of awareness and consciousness through the arts.

The Kala Sangam is so far concentrating on the performing, literary and plastic arts. But this will expand as we grow.

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The Logo

The logo of the Sangam seeks to incorporate this divergence of thoughts, ideas and creative energies, as represented by the various cultures of T&T. It is a sea shell that is found on the beaches around T&T. The striations, beginning at the bottom of the triangular-shaped shell, dovetail into a composite, unifying point, at the top.

This unifying point which represent the assimilation of the thought, ideas and creations now churn out new products, compositions, creative ideas and energies which radiate outwards, to the wider society and beyond our physical boundaries. It is analogous to the ripple effect that emerges after a stone is thrown in a pool of water. The emanations from the unifying point of the shell are here represented by waves or bands of colours and shapes, representative of the various colours of the spectrum or of the swirling energies and their accompanying electromagnetic frequencies of the energy centres or chakras of the human body.

These multiplicities of images are representative of the vision and mission of the Sangam: feeding from the folk and other streams (represented by the striations of the shell), merging, assimilating, synthesising and syncretising to emerge into creations at different levels of perfection. This is a microcosm of the macrocosm of Trinbago’s multicultural society with its cultural diversity which is seeking its place in the wider world order.

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Aims and objectives

The Kala Sangam, founded as The Kathak Kala Sangam, hereinafter is to be referred to as the Sangam, was conceived since 2008 by Dr. Sat Balkaransingh, Jackie Maharaj, Samaroo Dowlath, Routi Badal, Malvane Seelal Alexander, Soma Dhanraj Mungroo and Veejhi Seeramlal. The Kathak Kala Sangam was officially established in July, 2009 with the following aims and objectives:

1. To promote, improve, develop and maintain public education
in, and appreciation of, the art of dance, drama, song and science
music in its diverse aspects.
2. To nurture creativity and innovation so as to encourage the pursuit
of excellence in the Arts.
3. To educate and train in the Arts.
4. To write, print, produce or otherwise reproduce and circulate gratuitously or otherwise periodicals, magazines, books, leaflets or any other documents, films, tapes or other visual materials.
5. To hold jointly or to stage productions, exhibitions, workshops, festivals, cultural exchange programmes, meetings, lectures, panel discussions, classes, seminars, symposia and courses.
6. To foster and undertake research into any aspect of the aims and objectives of the Sangam and its work and to disseminate the results of any such research.
7. To recognize excellence in the arts including the creative, performing and literary arts.
8. To engage, provide and employ artistes, lecturers, instructors, entertainers, art consultants and any other persons as necessary in the pursuit in its aims and objectives.
9. To act as agent, representative, promoter or otherwise for any of the persons named in paragraph 8 (or for any organization).
10. To employ or commission persons (including members) to write, compose, design, construct, paint, direct, choreograph or arrange plays, songs, music, dance and other theatrical, musical or variety compositions.
11. To enter into agreements with authors, composers, lyricists and other persons (including members) for the writing or composition of plays, pantomimes and other musical and dramatic works, for the presentation of such persons in any part of the world.
12. To establish a Trust Fund, that supports Educational, Academic and other Intellectual pursuits.
13. To provide and recommend scholarships and other forms of assistance to members.
14. To promote and support legislation to safeguard the interest of the Sangam and artistes in Trinidad and Tobago.
15. To give support to other recognised organizations with similar aims and objectives.
16. To do all such other lawful things from time to time necessary and which are incidental or conducive to the attainment of the aforementioned aims and objectives.

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Membership

Membership to the Sangam are of three types – executive, ordinary, and student and is available on registration and payment of a fee; ie ‘membership fee’ 

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Management

The Sangam is managed by a Board of Directors comprising of not less than 9 or not more than 15 persons. Its current officers are:

- Chairman – Deepack Manohar, BSc, IMBA
- Vice Chairman - Amb. Patrick Edwards
- Secretary – Anthony A. Manboadh, MSc
- Assistant Secretary – Vacant
- Artistic Director – Satnarine Balkaransingh PhD.
- Assistant Artistic Director - Kavita Bhatia, BA, Dip. Music, Gandharva Mahavidyalaya,    Delhi, Dip. Fashion Design
- Registrar – Ranu Maraj
- Student Affairs – Anelia Baijoo
- Treasurer – Vacant
- Mitra Parray – Stage Manager
- PR and Marketing Officer - Vacant
- Benny Gomes – New York USA
- Hemraj Ramdath, BSc, MBA – Ottawa CA

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Current operations and future Projects

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Projects Undertaken to date 

1. Presenting Kathak Exponent, Pundit Birju Maharaj and a Seven member Troupe from     India in November, 5th-8th 2009
2. Two weeks of performances at National Food Festival, Venezuela, South America.
3. Production of Rang Tarang in May 2011
4. Production of Katha Natyam at Little Carib Theatre Port of Spain and The Creative         Arts Centre, San Fernando in June 2011
5. Performances and workshops in New York in 2012.
6. Choreographer of items in ‘Soul To Soul’ for a UWI dance concert at Little Carib               Theatre 2013
7. Consultant choreographer in the musical entitled ‘The King and I’ produced by the         First Impressions. (15 concerts in Port of Spain and San Fernando in 2013).
8. Performed for the 10th anniversary of the Telecommunications Authority of                   Trinidad and Tobago at Queens Hall, in 2014
9. The artistic Director performed in India in Kathak Maha Utsav to celebrate the birth       anniversary of Guru Pandit Birju Maharaj on Feb 4 2014 and the First death                       anniversary of famous Bollywood screen actress and Kathak dancer Sitara Devi., on     November 27, 2015 at the Kamani auditorium.
10. In March 2016 for the 70th birthday of Sitarist Mangal Patasar at the Narsaloo               Auditorium Chaguanas;
11. April 2016 at the Auditorium of the Mahatma Gandhi Institute Chaguanas for the            launch of the new Executive of the India Alumni Association of Trinidad and                   Tobago.
12. May 2016 for the farewell Concert of H.E. Shri Gauri Shankar Gupta, High                           Commissioner of India to Trinidad and Tobago.
13. 2017 - Celebrated Saraswati Jayanti, the birth anniversary of the Goddess of                   Learning and the Fine Arts; Performed for joint celebration of the Independence of       India and
14. Trinidad and Tobago. August …at Queens Hall. The Sangam artistes performed at           several venues for different purposes. Provided continuous training in vocal and             instrumental music and dance on prescribed syllabi. The Artistic Dir launched the         book: The Shaping of a Culture, rituals and festivals in Trinidad compared to                     selected counterparts in India, 1990-2014, in Trinidad and India, attended several           conferences and delivered lectures at 9 universities internationally
15. 2018 -Celebrated Saraswati Jayanti, The birth anniversary of the Goddess of                   Learning and the Fine Arts: undertook a fundraising project entitled” “ on April 28,         at the auditorium of Passage to Asia, Chaguanas; Concert for the Indian Diaspora         Council of T&T (IDCTT), June 11th; Concert to celebrate Indian Arrival and African           Liberation in T&T, Ottawa, Canada. Workshop in stage make-up and costuming, at         the Studio, September 1, 2018; continuous training in vocal and instrumental music       and dance. The Sangam artistes performed at several venues for different                       purposes. The artistic Director launched the book: Reigniting the Ancestral Fires,           Heritage, Legacies and Traditions of the first Peoples, Ed. Satnarine Balkaransingh         et al. It was launched at UTT NAPA in April 2018
16. 2019- Saraswati Jayanti Celebrations with Havan, vocal and instrumental, yoga            and four styles of indian dance
17. 2019- Joint teaching/performance with Haba Dance company from CUBA
18. 2019- Ministry of Culture, Mentors Program – parting knowledge and experience to      Senior artistes as Mentees
19. 2019 – CARIFESTA – Lecture series and dance workshops
20. 2020 – Saraswati Jayanti Celebrations with Havan, vocal and instrumental and          dance

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On-going Programmes/Projects

Continuous scheduled training in Vocal, Instrumental Music, Dance and Yoga offered at two (2) venues; Tunapuna and Chaguanas. Said training is delivered by three (3) teachers and is based on prescribed syllabi of studies.

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Academic

Teaching is on-going through an established syllabi with annual exams in the following subjects:

• Kathak Classical Dance, Indian Folk Dance
• Vocal Music (classical, folk, devotional)
• Instrumental Music ( tabla, dholak, pakhawaj, harmonium)
• Other Fine Arts (eg Stage make up and costuming).
• Annual Examinations

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Tuition Venues

The Sai Centre/Temple, Corner, Main road and Cumberbatch Street Chaguanas on Sundays from 10.00 am to 12.30pm

The Sangam Studio, Back Street, Tunapuna, on Saturdays from 9.00am to 1.00pm

Santa Rosa First Peoples Community Center Arima, Saturdays from 2:00pm to 4:30pm

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Current Tutors

Deepack Manohar: BSc. MBA, Cert. Indian Classical Music UTT

Kavita Bhatia: Dip. Music, Gandharva Mahavidyalaya

Satnarine Balkaransingh: B.A (Hon), Eco. (India) M.Sc., (U.K) Post Grad. Dance India,
PhD (UTT)

Zidane Roopnarine: BA Fine Arts

Reshma Seetahal: Bachelor of Laws, LLB

Pooja Pundit: BSc Computer Science

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Future Projects

• Concerts in 2021
• Fund Raiser Dinner and Concert 4th Qtr. 2021
• Book Launch 4th Qtr. to coincide with Ramleela Stage Production
• Online Training – Current
• Online Magazine - under development

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Address

56B, Back Street, Tunapuna, 
Trinidad and Tobago, W.I.

Corner Cumberbatch St & Chaguanas Main Rd.
Chaguanas.

Contacts

Email: kkalasangamtt@gmail.com
Phone:
1-868-663-9513,
1-868-789-3609,
1-868-374-8625,
1-868-767-3764.

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