Gayathri Fine Arts (GFA) was inaugurated in 1990 with a violin solo recital of Sangitha Kalanidhi Prof. T.N. Krishnan. The main idea of establishing the GFA was to tap young talents of music and dance and encourage them to perform and also give culturally better life to the people of North West Delhi (Rohini and other areas). The 20 years of service by GFA has won the appreciation of the media and the public, particularly fine arts loving people.
Briefly the activities of the GFA are :
Monthly and annual music concerts by young talents and middle level artists. For some years the concerts were held in Chamber and for the past 15 years big auditoriums are used for concerts.
Competition in the compositions of various composers, basic lessons in Carnatic music – Vocal and instrumental – Flute, Veena, Violin, Mridangam, Ghatam, Kanjira, etc. and also in Varnam singing.
Competitions are held and Thampura, Certificates and other prizes are annual features. Senior winners in Thyagaraja Kriti competition get the Thampura Award.
Two year scholarship for advanced training in Carnatic Music for two students (17 – 25 years) at the end of which they should give full two hour concerts.
Cash awards, Shield Awards like Sangitha Kovidha, Natya Kovidha, Naada Laya Nipuna, T. Balakrishna Memorial Award, Bala Laya Nipuna, T. Soundararajan Memorial Award, S. Ramaswamy Memorial Award, N.S. Anantha Krishna Sastry Award, Best performers, Best Voice Production, Best Raga Presentation, Best Sahityam are the awards presented by GFA annually.
Two days concerts by budding young talents at the India International Centre, New Delhi. Two days Talent Promotion Series concerts (16-25 years)
Music and Mridangam Arangetrams, Dance recitals occasionally and Annual Brochure release.
As a result of the sustained and serious efforts of GFA many of the young talents have been awarded CCRT Scholarship by Ministry of Culture and other awards.
We are proud that 200 and odd young singers and Mridangists of Delhi are always ready to give short concerts at a very short notice. We are planning to add more activities to the calendar of activities of GFA.
There are about 400 members in the GFA’s membership list. Small membership fee were being collected. In view of the present cost of each concert the GFA’s Memberships are:-
Patron Rs. 2500/- and
Donor Patron Rs. 10,000/-
GFA’s accounts are audited, Income Tax returns filed and GFA is registered with Ministry of Home Affairs for receiving foreign contribution under the FERA vide No. 231650764 dated 4th April 1997.
While GFA does the talent scouting of singers – vocal & instrumental, Kumbakonam Shri. N. Padmanabhan through his Thala Bhakthi presents a number of young Mridangists in concerts. He has trained about 70 young boys who are so near exponent of Mridangam playing. Both GFA & Thala Bhakthi work in close co-operation.
On an average GFA spends Rs. 6,00,000/- per year for all its activities. Parents of the young artists extend their helping hand. Some of the Governing Body members and their friends helped GFA fundwise.
Donations to Gayathri Fine Arts, Delhi are exempted from tax under Section 80(G) of the Income Tax act vide order no. DIT(e)/2010-11/DEL-GE-22074-27072010 878 dated 27th July 2010. Exemption is for the period A.Y 2010 – 11 onwards till it is rescinded.
GFA appeal to you to help us continue the good work and play your part in the preservation of our cultural heritage. Cheque may be drawn in favour of Gayathri Fine Arts. Cheque should accompany with a letter indicating the contribution for which activity of GFA and your address.