MOHAN NADKARNI FOUNDATION
The Mohan Nadkarni Foundation is a Registered New Zealand Charity (CC 54253) dedicated to the education and propagation of traditional music and performing arts and finding platforms for young, upcoming performers to display their talent.
Every year, the Foundation hosts inspirational performers of world repute here in New Zealand to both perform and hold workshops for students and teachers of various performing arts.
In the past, the Foundation has worked with institutions like the University of Auckland School of Music and several other private schools and teachers to host the workshops, which are always free of cost for students and teachers.
The main performance, however, is a separate event and is ticketed, mainly to meet expenses of the event itself and to raise funds for the Foundation’s other educational and talent promotion activities.
The Foundation periodically hosts theme-based musical education sessions with recognised and practising music teacher from Auckland. The sessions include actual teaching as well as aesthetic appreciation.
The trust has access to considerable recorded and published content, including educational content, much of it produced non-commercially by teachers over several decades. This is from the private collection of musicologist, author and music critic Mohan Nadkarni, in whose name the Foundation has been formed.
The entire collection of more than 4000 articles, hundreds of books and thousands of hours of rare recordings and lecture-demonstrations is being maintained by the Foundation and is accessible to anyone who is interested free of cost. A web resource comprising all this material is being put together progressively (www.mohannadkarni.org).
A wordless, musical involving 35 performing artistes comprising singers, actors, dancers, musicians and other performing artistes was hosted in Auckland in March 2018. Several of the young artistes performed on stage for the first time.
MNF invited one of India’s leading classical vocal artistes, Ashwini Bhide Deshpande to perform and conduct music workshops in Auckland in 2017. The workshops saw enthusiastic participation from Auckland-based teachers and their students. Ashwini’s concerts were greatly appreciated by New Zealand audiences.
MNF worked with the University of Auckland School of Music in to feature some students at the Jazz-fusion ‘Mumbai Unplugged’ concert at the Dorothy Winstone Centre on August 20, 2016. MNF plans to continue to work on projects in the future involving co-facilitation of teachers from India and Auckland based teachers.