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Satya Mitra of Joy Guru Humanitarian Services and Shahid Parvez Khan of SPK Academy (Encore Episode)

Photo of Satya Mitra and Shahid Parvez Khan
Sunday, December 9, 2018 - 10:00pm

In an encore of The Business Beat, Steve D’Agostino interviews businessman Satya Mitra (shown, on left) of Joy Guru Humanitarian Services, and sitarist Shahid Parvez Khan (shown, on right) of SPK Academy, who performed during The Essence: Where East Meets West on April 13 at Mechanics Hall in Worcester. They talk about the purpose of humanitarian service, and the power of sitar music. This episode aired originally on April 8, 2018.

In 2016, Satya Mitra and his wife, Sheema Mitra, established a charitable, non-profit called Joy Guru Humanitarian Services. The Worcester-based charity states that it is “dedicated to serving the disadvantaged and underprivileged members of our community.”

JoyGuru Humanitarian Services’ stated aim is “to improve the lives of individuals and families affected by poverty, homelessness, and other social conditions as well as blindness and visual impairment.” It also states its goal “to promote the empowerment of women and girls around the world.” And, it states its goal “to inspire underprivileged children to realize their inner potential and to make a difference in their communities.”

Shahid Parvez Khan descends from six generations of sitarists. He is one of the leading exponents of the Etawah Gharana, a musical tradition or "family" committed to this most famous of Indian instruments. He was trained by his father and guru, Aziz Khan.

Sitar lessons at The SPK Academy, in are steeped in the rich and ancient traditions of India. The teaching methods have been innovatively adapted for the modern world - making the most of the newest technology and limited time while upholding the spirit of how Indian classical music has been taught and learned for centuries.

To watch video highlights of the April 13, 2018 performance at Mechanics Hall in Worcester by Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan and Pandit Anindo Chatterjee, click here.

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