Indian classical music is spiritually uplifting and is known to possess some therapeutic properties with regard to mental stress and strain. Sistachar Sarcar and his wife Maitreyee are in the forefront to promote Indian classical music and maestros in Britain. Their radio programme Surtarang is going to celebrate the anniversary of Indian Independence on Sunday the 14th of August. Sarcar shares his experience with Asian Lite News
The thirst for Indian classical music was so strong in me since my college days when I started learning tabla. I dived into once again after I arrived in UK in 1965. Eventually, I met a few like minded friends in Wolverhampton and founded Surdhwani in association with my wife and those friends.
Surdhwani was an internationally renowned arts organisation for the promotion of Indian classical music and dance. We stepped down from Surdhwani after about 22 years. It has now ceased to exist. In April 2007 we had an opportunity to form Surtarang as a part of Surdhwani and broadcast Indian classical music through WCR FM when we were invited by them.
Surtarang radio programme was initiated, designed and produced by myself with the support from my wife, Maitreyee. Surtarang means “Wave of Melody”. Indian classical music is spiritually uplifting and is known to possess some therapeutic properties with regard to mental stress and strain.
While I attend to the technical aspects of Surtarang, Mrs Maitreyee Sarcar, my dear wife looks after the marketing and publicity. She is the heart and soul of Surtarang. It is her single-minded dedication and devotion in publicity and promotion through the social network over the web that has made Surtarang a global entity.
Our mission is to share Indian classical music, music which is pure and divine, with the people of Wolverhampton and those all across the world, whether they are connoisseurs or not.
Our vision is to share our joy and peace through Indian classical music with our listeners across the globe without any discrimination of race, colour or creed. We have been doing this as volunteers without any financial or commercial motivation whatsoever.
Surtarang is designed to promote classical music from the Indian sub-continent that includes both India and Pakistan, both Hindustani and Carnatic music and includes the Dhrupad and Dhamar music of the ancient India. We feature the best of the stars and the super stars as well as the best of the new generation of musicians so that they are encouraged to sustain the pure classical form of the Indian music. They are the future of Indian classical music and we make every effort to encourage them in any way we can. At the same time we feel it is right to remind everyone about the highest standard of the art form set by the past masters.
Surtarang started with WCR [Wolverhampton Community Radio] FM and the Wolverhampton City Radio but later moved to The Wolverhampton City Radio and it is currently under the banner of Gorgeous Radio, www.gorgeouslive.co.uk. It is based at the heart of Wolverhampton. Gorgeous radio takes Wolverhampton across the globe because it is online and available on mobile. Surtarang has a unique character and it is a pioneering show on Gorgeous Radio. Surtarang is currently broadcast on Sundays between 2 and 4 pm UK time and is repeated on Thursday morning between 4 and 6 am UK time. However, Surtarang is available on Mixcloud so that people can listen to it whenever they like.
Surtarang is going to celebrate the anniversary of Indian Independence on Sunday the 14th of August ‘16 this year. Above all, it is God Almighty who has given us this opportunity to share the pure and celestial music with people all across the world to offer a little peace and joy in this troubled world.