This had been the dream of Shri Mataji's father, honorable Mr. P. K. Salve, one of the foremost
fighters for India's independence, eminent lawyer and connoisseur of Indian classical music.H.H. Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi established Shri P. K. Salve Kala Pratishthan,
an academy of Indian Classical Music and Fine Arts, at Vaitarna.
Vaitarna, surrounded by Dams and Lakes in the vicinity of scenic greenery, is about 100 kms from
Mumbai and about 80 kms from Nashik off National Highway 3 (Mumbai Agra Highway), and accessible
from Khardi Railway Station (25kms) of the Central Railways.
The Institution is situated within an area of 40 acres of land comprising of streams,
undulations and natural landscape. Modak Sagar and Tansa Dams are in the vicinity with a
thick reserved forest cover. The buildings have been architecturally planned under the instructions
of Shri Mataji, with a central courtyard and a covered stage.
The land is in a very picturesque setting and is full of vibrations, which are conducive
to meditation and to the creation of music which is in tune with the Spirit. Just sitting
down in that place you find yourself in meditation !
The vibrations help not only in the creative process but also in transporting the residents into realms
of meditation and spirituality. Some of them have said that the more time they spend in
this special environment and atmosphere, the deeper their seeking and transformation
Classrooms are well lighted, ventilated with a commonly constructed ten foot wide corridor.
Large Halls provide for Dance and Drama, while 5 large classrooms can accommodate 20 students
in each classroom along with their instruments. A big dinning Hall with a kitchen is also
constructed separately. Gents quarters are separately constructed with double occupancy in
At present only 50 students and necessary staff can be accommodated in each term.
is on first come first serve basis, with ex-students who wish to continue given preference.
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Below you can find reviews of the Academy's CDs (courtesy Richard Payment)
as well as order information. Enjoy !
When we talk about World Culture these days, we usually mean cultural
imperialism, the Americanization of the globe. World Culture seems to
indicate something so popular that it can only possibly appeal to the lowest
common denominator , broad and gross..
World Music, on the other hand, is something quite different. This is more
than just another category in the record shop. It didn't come out of the
head the marketing executive. It came out of our need to know about our
neighbours. And ourselves.
With World Music, there is a respect for the sound,
the instruments, the musicianship that comes from another land. It is a
festival, a fusion, a romance. Here a sitar is a sitar and doesn't need to
be restrung for Western ears. This is not the Coca-Cola-ization of the
planet. It is the celebration of many tastes.
And so it is with a new CD called 'Eternal Roots'. With a chorus of voices
from several countries, the musicians of the PK Salve Academy of Fine Arts
and Music are reaching back to a common heritage of this one planet.
Touching the earth at their school in the heart of India, the musicians'
stylings roam freely, but always come back and make reference to the
classical forms of the subcontinent, as if finding themself in the other.
Eternal Roots begins and ends with Indian raags. These are deep, yet
unadorned, classical movements played on a sarod and a santoor respectively.
These are the musical roots, the basis for all our music, eternal, where we
came from and where we are going.
In between, like seven pearls on an anklet, there is the music of that
journey around the circle.
Played mostly in a Western popular style still, but imbibed with a Eastern
depth and spiced with a masala of sarod, tabla, santoor, Indian violin and
even a didgeridoo, the seven intervening tunes are, most simply, spiritual
This is not the music handed down by a church, sung for generations without
meaning, but it is spiritual music that looks inside. It introspects and
comes up with something. It describes journeys that never end, that are
intimately personal, at the same time universal and collective.
Katie Ferris Gleave sings in a signature tune, 'Journey':
Until this train stops, I will not arrive,
but just pass through....
I am going on a journey
And I'm diving down to the depths of reality.
Are you coming, my friend,
Cause you never know what wonders you might see?...
In 'Hands of Fate' Stephen Day expands:
Between the ancient and the modern
On a collision course with time...
Trying to hold on to tomorrow
Trying to hold on to yesterday when itıs gone.
We all know these travels that seems to have no resolution, trekking across
a continent and not finding anything so much as our own home in a backpack
Katie Ferris Gleave sings of the 'Indian Sun':
I see Indian sights all around.
Will my feet ever feel the ground
Of England, once again?
'Cause England has always and always will be my friend.
But there is a peace, a discovery and a resolution at the end of this
journey. I would venture to say that it is because this music is rooted.
There are strong guitar chords that make us feel at home. And there are
harmonies and lyrics that are narrative, a diary of the trip.
Like an impressionist painter who can improvise only because he really
knows how to draw, these musicians can shape their music in popular Western
conventions because they have tasted the real music, the raags, the scales,
the eternal roots.
After descriptions of cobras and monkeys and blue-skinned gods, after
prayers for rains of peace and the advent of love and a sky without limit,
there is one haunting passage from that same song, 'Journey'. It tells us
Complete feeling of timeless joy
...I want to sit on this step forever
and watch the world go by.
Everything, everywhere in one moment, in one place. And peace reigns. Yes.
And then comes the santoor. George Macfairlaine-Reid plays 'Raag Puriya
Dhanashri' to take us back to where we started.
In this Global Village in which we are all destined to live in each other's
backyards, it is that music which spills over the garden fence by which we
will better come to know our neighbours.
Eternal Roots not only allows us to hear those sounds, it set out to
carefully dismantle the fences.
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