Kolkata, Dec 24 : Santoor maestro Tarun Bhattacharya believes that every kid should take up music and to make it a reality the Grammy Award nominee and his wife Guru Sanchita Bhattacharya, a renowned Odissi dancer, teamed up with Little Steps, a kids school in Kolkata’s Lake Terrace area to provide music and dance lessons to children.
Speaking to reporters here on Wednesday, the Santoor maestro said, “Our aim is to develop taste for music in children.”
Bhattacharya, who runs a Santoor school by the name of Santoor Ashram in Howrah’s Domjur area, near Kolkata, said that he considers this to be an extension of the school.
Though the Domjur school is run free of cost, they will be charging a fee of Rs. 900 for the Kolkata branch.
Bhattacharya’s wife, Guru Sanchita Bhattacharya said that they believe in quality education and that one should focus in imparting the correct knowledge to students.
She said, “We could have come up with a glossy programme, but we believe that the real world has to be there, not only packaging and advertisements.”
Speaking about their school, Guru Sanchita said, “Santoor Ashram will support children who needs music.”
When asked if they are going to provide any certifications, Bhattacharya told IBNS: “We will be providing them with year end certifications, denoting their progress. We are also trying to tie up with several boards from which the students can appear for exams and get themselves certified.”
“I am hopeful that our certificates will help them get a proper platform,” Bhattacharya added.
When asked about the number of students who have applied for the course, Bandana Das, the principal of Little Steps said, “About ten people so far.”
(Reporting by Sudipto Maity, Image by Subhodeep Sardar/IBNS)