MeToo in the world of Kathak: Faults within guru-shishya parampara, dependence on teachers has led to culture of silence
Though it does have its positives, the guru-shishya tradition unfortunately stops us from moving towards a more progressive and open community, where constructive discussions can take place without fearing consequences.
Named in #MeToo allegations, pakhawaj artiste Akhilesh Gundecha is invited to, then dropped from, Tansen Samaroh 2020
Akhilesh and the other Gundecha brothers — the noted vocalists Umakant and (late) Ramakant — were embroiled in sexual harassment accusations from current and former students of the institute they founded, Dhrupad Sansthan.
Umakant Gundecha named in #MeToo allegation by former student; Dhrupad Sansthan founder denies misconduct
Last month, several anonymous accusations of sexual misconduct had surfaced against two other members of the Dhrupad Sansthan founding family — the late Ramakant Gundecha, and pakhawaj artiste Akhilesh Gundecha.
Gundecha Dhrupad Sansthan forms new IC to investigate #MeToo allegations as students protest handling of harassment plaints
The students issued a statement through their legal representatives that takes issue with the Sansthan's newly constituted Internal Committee
#MeToo case at Gundecha Dhrupad Sansthan deepens as students allege mishandling of sexual harassment plaints
In a collective statement shared by some students of the Dhrupad Sansthan with Firstpost, several issues have been flagged with respect to the gurukul’s official response to the harassment allegations against Akhilesh and late Ramakant Gundecha.
Amid allegations of sexual misconduct, aired on social media this week, Akhilesh Gundecha, a noted pakhawaj artiste, stepped down from his position at the Dhrupad Sansthan.
The Gundecha brothers, founders of Bhopal's Gurukul Drupad Sansthan, were known for reviving and performing the dhrupad, one of the oldest forms of Hindustani music.