SADHANA is the annual Intensive Training Gurukul camp organized by MAHAGAMI every summer. The camp offers a multi-dimensional training to the art seekers.

Starting with a health checkup, the day starts with yoga at 6.30 a.m. followed by Dance, Music, Instruments, Sanskrit, Vedic chants Painting, Pottery.

The schedule also includes Audio –Video sessions like films and video recordings of imminent artists and their creations. The camp offers guest lectures on ancient Indian valued topics like ancient history, Ayurveda, Theater, etc. An Ayurvedic diet is provided to all participants specially designed keeping in mind the calorie intake and the training schedule. This intensive training is being organized every year since 1999 and is open to all art aspirants of age above 5 years.

All this & much more involving lot of group activities and innovative fieldwork sensitively blended in the training schedule from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

For SADHANA, many eminent artists from all over India are invited to teach, interact and perform.

 

Join the Camp:

Any art enthusiast above 5 years of age can join the camp. The last date for the registration is 20th APRIL 2017. Participants will be required to furnish names of referees who can approve regarding the ability and conduct of the participant. MAHAGAMI office can be contacted between 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on any working day for availability of registration forms. Or the forms could be downloaded from the official website of MAHAGAMI www.mahagami.org

For any assistance, please call 0240-6421054 (ext 31, 33) or 9372093189 or send email to mahagami.outreach@gmail.com

Features of the Camp

The camp primarily aims at creating a full domain of arts around the sadhaka can essentially feel the artistic element around and within him. The intensive training camp rejuvenates the participants and takes them back to the ancient times where the shishya was given an integrated education for enhancing his vision and understanding. The whole concept of the camp from Ayurvedic diet to the sessions can enfold the participant to rediscover his creative skills. An important aspect of this camp is to include Gurukul seva where sadhakas offer their services to Gurukul voluntarily shedding off their inhibitions and understanding the importance of work as an offering and dignity of labor.

Schedule: 6 am to 7 pm daily (Age 10 to 50 years)

Mini-Camp for Participants of age 5 to 10 years: 3 pm to 6 pm

SADHANA – In Retrospect:

SADHANA was conceptualized in 1999 by Parwati Dutta (Kathak & Odissi performer and Guru & Director of MAHAGAMI. She is the academic head of this training program & teaches both Kathak & Odissi to the SADHAKAs (SADHANA students in the past years, SADHAKAs have had the privilege to receive guidance from prominent artists who contributed to this camp. Gurus like Pt. Birju Maharaj (Kathak, Delhi), Guru Sadanam Balakrishan (Kathakali, Kerala), Guru Banamali Moharana (Mardal, Orissa), Shri. Shashdhar Acharya (Chhau, Assam), Shri. Uday Bhawalkar

(Dhrupad Exponent, Pune), Smt. Sombal Satale (Dhrupad Exponent, Khiaragad). Sessions on Odissi Music conducted by a team of artists from Orissa. Shri. Udayan Indurkar (Scholar & Famous Historian, Pune), Late Shri Ajit Soman (Flute- Flutes from the world, Pune), Late Pt. S.B. Deshpande (Musicologist, Aurangabad), Pt. Vasantrao Ghorpadkar (Pakhawaj, Pune) etc. were held for the students to assimilate the vast scope of arts and the essence for its manifestation along with an idea to inculcate the values and vision of our Indian culture. SADHANA Camps in past years have included sessions on interesting topics like Stargazing, Ancient Indian science, Shadow Puppetry, Krishna Gatha, slide shows and lectures on Ancient Heritage sites of India by the renowned historians, Hasya Yoga, Films and lectures on Environment awareness, Calligraphy, Brain- Teaser games to improve concentration and focus .Music appreciation sessions, sessions on Musicology and Etymology.

Daily Schedule

The camp is conducted for 13 hrs. daily with 5 breaks during the day.

The sadhakas report at 6 a.m.at the dining cottage (Parnakuti) where herbal tea is served.

Tentative schedule –

6 a.m. – Herbal Tea,

6.30 a.m. to 7.30 a.m. Yoga,

8 a.m. – Breakfast,

8.30 a.m. to 10.30a.m. – Dance, 

10.30 a.m – Health Drink,

11 a.m. to 12 – Music, Sanskrit, Chants, etc.,

12 to 2 p.m. – Lunch & Rest,

2 to 4 – Visual Arts, Theatre, Lec-Dems, A.V. etc.,

4 p.m. – Health Drink,

4.30 p.m.– 5.30 p.m.– Instruments, Other events,

5.30 p.m. to 7 p.m. – Dance,

7.30 p.m. – Dinner.(Only for Residents).

SADAHAKAs between 7 years to 12 years can opt for shorter training schedule – from 8.30 am to 4 pm. They can report at 8.20 am and leave at 4 pm.

Vegetarian food is served to the participants. Health check-up is conducted in the beginning of the camp to realize the fitness of the sadhakas. Accommodation is on sharing basis. Geysers, coolers, filtered water, round the clock security is provided. Hospital, Banks, Telephone, medical shops are within campus. Participant with any ailment (physiological / psychological) or undergoing any treatment should report this at the time of registration. Applicant should be prepared for the training schedule and ensure that they have the required stamina and focus in order to benefit from the camp. Visitors can meet the participants only between 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the visitor’s zone. Mobile phones are strictly prohibited during the camp. Participants can receive calls from their family after dinner at the MAHAGAMI office.