Alaap Music Academy

An Institute for Hindustani Classical Music

About Alaap

Alaap Music Academy is one of the foremost schools promoting Classical Hindustani Music in the city of Chennai. The School was established in the year of 2005 by Shri Kuldeep Sagar, strategically located in Ashok Nagar. The School is well equipped with instruments for playing and practice of Classical Music like the Miraj Tanpura, Tabla, Harmonium and Swar Mandal which create the perfect ambience for learning Classical Music!

At Alaap we encourage budding singers to learn and perform the khayal gayaki of Gwalior Gharana. We have over 200 students from ages six to sixty and classes are conducted in the traditional Guru Shishya Parampara focusing on the individual needs of each student. Training by Shri Kuldeep Sagar focuses on the development of the Voice and skills and how effectively the candidates can apply what they have learnt, not just on knowledge for its own sake.

We also conduct Quarterly Music events focusing on popularizing Hindustani classical and semi classical music also infusing Light music, Ghazals where the student gets a chance to perform on stage to showcase their talent!

At the heart of Alaap Music Academy is Shri Kuldeep Sagar, both in terms of preparing the Students and developing the School to reach new heights. Currently Alaap Music Academy has six branches across Chennai i.e. Ashok Nagar, KK. Nagar, Kilpauk, Nugambakkam, Sowkarpet and Gopalpuram in Chennai and in Hyderabad and Bangalore.

Affiliation

Alaap is affiliated to Prayag Sangeet Samiti and is conducting examinations for those who wish to pursue their studies in Hindustani Classical Music. Each Student is also a part of the yearly examinations conducted by Prayag Sangeet Samiti- Allahabad, which focuses on both aspects of Music Theory and Practical and have come out with flying colors. The syllabus is clearly defined for each of the 6 years for the student to learn and perform.

The Syllabus is so designed to help students grasp the basic concepts of raga and taal in a systematic manner so as to help the Student at each stage of their development and at all levels of competence. The syllabus is clearly defined for each year for the student to learn and perform. On completion of all stages of examination, the student is provided with a Degree in Music. Apart from Regular Classes, The Exams conducted by Alaap are nationally recognized and accredited by UGC

About Pandit Shri Kuldeep Sagar

Blessed with a melodious voice and impeccable musical skills, he has a magnetic stage presence and enthralls the audience with an exceptional performance. He is a fine Singer and an excellent exponent of the classical form of Indian music and his singing is true to the Indian Classical Music tradition of dialogue with the listeners, of impromptu creation and interactivity. As Ghazals, being his forte, Mr. Sagar has tremendous emotional appeal and aesthetic sense and has an inherent aptitude for emotionally stirring music and philosophical poetry. His compositions are based on traditional ragas and he prefers to sing compositions of Contemporary Poets. His tonal grace and rhythmic elegance is equally visible in Khayal, Thumari, Tarana, Tappa, Dadra, Ghazals, Geet, Bhajan, and other forms of light music. He is not only an outstanding vocalist but also excels in other areas like Teaching, composing and music direction.

Musical Qualification

His association with music goes back to his childhood. He studied to get both Bachelor's and Master’s Degrees in Hindustani Classical Music from the Indira Sangeet Mahavidhyalaya in Khairagarh, M.P, and Master’s Degrees in Hindi Literature, from Bhopal University. He also earned the titles diplomas Sangeet Praveen and Sangeet Prabhakar in Hindustani Classical Music and Senior Diploma in Sugam Sangeet [Geet, Ghazals and Bhajans] from the Prayag Sangeet Samiti, Allahabad. He also earned a his skills were further honed under the guidance of the Late Sangeetacharaya Pandit Nand Kishore Sharma of the Gwalior Gharana, with whom he studied for more than Ten years. He is the approved and graded Singer from AIR and Doordarshan.

Kuldeep Sagar is working as a faculty of Hindustani Classical Music in Alaap Music Academy, Chennai, which was affiliated with Prayag Sangeet Samiti, Allahabad. He was also the visiting Faculty forthe Department of Hindustani Music in K.M. Conservatory run by Oscar winner Shri. A.R.Rehman.

He can be considered to be a forerunner in the field of Hindustani classical music in Chennai. His contribution to the advancement of Hindustani classical music and Spreading awareness of the tradition of southern part of India has had an indelible impact. Shri Sagar has over 15 Years’ experience in teaching Hindustani Classical and Light Music. This is visible from the increased number of students approximately 250. Kuldeep Sagar has performed widely in India and abroad, earning popularity for his classical renditions as well as his Ghazals. He regularly sings for All India Radio, Doodarshan and for others Privet Channels. He has several lecture-demonstrations on Indian Music to his credit, and has conducted music and theatre workshops too.

Stage Plays

He has worked as a Music Director for various Albums, Telefilms, Ad-films, Serials, Dance-Dramas and Stage Plays, Namely:

STAGE PLAYS

Andher Nagari, Sukha kee Raat, Gyan Ka Mandir, Akhara, Karam Veer, 2084 Kee Maa.

DANCE DRAMA

Vani Sanhar, Shristi and Sur Vihar.

TELEFILMS

Meri Jaan Tiranga, Waten Kee pukar and Chota Saa Sapna.

AD FILMS

Apollo tyer, Poular Cocount and Shree Gun Masale.

SERIALS

Kausar, Dhaman and Cycle wala.

AUDIO ALBUMS

Ehsaas[Ghazals], Namo Namo[Jain Bhajan With Shri Suresh Wadkar], Tera Mandir Cham Cham Chamake[Hindi Devotional], Eve Ghazals and Mantra. Directed more than 25 Audio Album, released from T,Serias, Venus and Worldwide music Companies.

Awards

  • Merit Certificate for Outstanding Contribution towards Music Activities during the Year 1996 by Lions Club. Bhopal.
  • Certificate of Merit for Contribution to the field of Music Direction in Republic Day Samaroh in 1994.
  • Best Ghazal singer Award in 1998, Bhopal, M.P.
  • Honoredby Yuva Shakti Sanghatan In 1999 in the field of Music Composition and arrangements.
  • Kala Kiranalu Award by Chaitanya Arts, Academy, Hyderabad in 2002 in the field of Hindustani Classical Music.
  • Honored by Sanskriti In 2006 for his contribution to Hindustani Music in South.
  • Certificate of Merit for his contribution and efforts towards Empowering India –Info-Expo during February, 2006 arrange by Shri. P.Chidambaram, Honorable Union Finance Minister, Govt. Of India.
  • Honoured by Shri. Surjeet Singh Barna, Honourable Governor of Tamil Nadu in 2008. For his Ghazal Album Ehsaas.
  • Certificate of appreciation for his valuable participation and contribution to the Multi Media campaign during January, 2006 arrange by Shri. K.Subbarayan, Member of Parliament and Smt.Subbulakshmi Jagadeesan, Minister for State and empowerment.
  • Certificate of Merit for contribution in Bharat Nirman Public Information Campaign in Thiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu during February 2007 arranged by the Director General, Press Information Bureau, Ministry of I&B, Govt. of India.
  • VOCATIONAL EXCELLENCE AWARD from Rtn. A. Subramaniam, District Governor, Fellowship of Music Loving Rotarians Rotary International, Chennai.