Samved Society for Performing Arts

Guru Pt. Durga Lal ji – a prolific and legendary artiste par excellence of our times, its twenty year of his absence. But I know it for a fact that where ever he is today, he must be looking down at us benevolently and smiling at the way life has progressed and the way the field of art has flourished despite the constant competition between continuous commercialisation and tradition.

A few months after Guru ji’s demise, with efforts as well as help and support from friends SAMVED SOCIETY FOR PERFORMING ARTS came into existence in the year 1990. It was registered as a charitable trust under the Bombay Trust Act, 1950. Eminent actress, Ms. Shabana Azmi, Doctor, Builder and Banker, Dr. L. L. Oswal, Dr. V. Lulla, Sh.Chitraarth, an eminent filmmaker, Sh. Barun Mukherjee an eminent director of photography, Sh. V.viswanathan, an erudite bussinessman , graced the trustee panel. And I Smt. Uma Dogra shouldered the mantle of the Managing Trustee.

Today when I talk about SAMVED, I can very proudly say that we as an institution stand upright as a strong body of righteous connoisseurs. We consist of eminent artistes and lovers of the art. The patron members of the society come together from various fields as well. Mr. Pralhad Kakkad and Smt. Mitali Kakkad, two eminent personalities from the entertainment media, the most famous and renowned bhajan singer of our times – Sh. Anup Jalota and his wife Smt. Medha Jalota, Sh. Bhushan Lakhandri a most talented and gifted choreographer, Sh. Shailendra Bhartti – another very famous bhajan singer of today and Sh.S.Surendranath form the back bone of SAMVED.
Right from its inception, SAMVED has been working earnestly and conscientiously towards its goal, bringing to the audiences, the dignity and beauty of classical dance and music.
In a span of 20 years, it has made an identity for itself as one of the premiere cultural organisations in Mumbai. Over the years we have had the privilege of masters of almost every field having performed for us.
The prominent dance master such as –

Late Pt. Kelucharan Mohapatra, Smt. Sonal Mansingh, Smt. Sitara Devi, Pt. Birju Maharaj, Dr. Kanak Rele, Smt. Sunayna Hazarilal, Smt. Uma Sharma, Smt. Geetanjali Lal, Smt. Saswati Sen, Smt. Meenakshi Sheshadri, Smt. Hema Malini. Smt. Uma Dogra, Smt. Shobhna Narayan, Smt. Daksha Mashruwala, Sh. Jayant Kastuar, Sh. Vaibhav Arekar, Sh. Ratikant Mohapatra. Sh. Deepak Majumdar, Smt. Anjani Ambegoankar. Smt. Shama Bhate.
The Vocal genre like –
Pt. Jasraj ji, Smt.Veena Sahastrabuddhe, Smt. Parveen Sultana, Ustad Rashid Khan, Pt. Rajan – Sajan Mishra, Smt. Shubha Mudgal, Smt. Padma Talwalkar, Smt. Ashwini Bhide, Sh. Jagjit Singh.
From the Instrumental field –
Pt. Shiv Kumar Sharma, Ustaad Sultaan Khan Sahib, Pt. Brij Narayan ji, Ustaad Shahid Parvez, Sh. Satish Vyas, Smt. Kala Ramnath Sh. Rakesh Chorasi, and Sh. Sanjeev Abhtankar.
The task of carrying forward a mission is definitely difficult. Pt Durgalalji’s memories are the beckon force pulling us through the upheavals of day to day struggle. It’s his memory which made SAMVED society an entity in being.