The family office of Infosys co-founder SD Shibulal is launching a new philanthropic initiative called Sangamam to revive art and culture. Born out of Shibulal’s personal interest in classical Carnatic music, Sangamam intends to create an ecosystem for artists and music lovers.
“I believe music has the ability to bring people together and create a common platform. Indian art and music are also a cultural heritage that must be preserved. The initiative will organize a bunch of events that will evangelize the activities of the foundation and make them enjoyable for the public,” Shibulal said. activity area.
The Sangamam series will bring live performances to Bengaluru, sharing classical arts with wide audiences. Currently, Sangamam concerts are scheduled twice a year. The Shibulal Family Philanthropic Initiatives (SFPI) intend to bring artists such as Sudha Ragunathan, T Krishna and Aruna Sairam to the stage for the series. The first concert will take place on November 5 at the auditorium of Jyoti Nivas College, Bengaluru, with the Ranjini-Gayatri sisters.
Focus on education
Established in 1999, The Shibulal Family Philanthropic Initiatives (SFPI) runs various initiatives in education, health, social welfare, and organic agriculture, among others. However, the majority of their initiatives are in the education sector, including its flagship Vidyadhan scholarship program, a residential scholarship for students called Ankur, and Vidya Kreeda, a scholarship for higher education of talented sportspersons, among others.
Speaking about the family’s focus on education, Kumari Shibulal, co-founder and president of SFPI, said the focus on facilitating education is inspired by the couple’s personal journey. “Both of our parents were not very educated, but they understood the importance of it and gave us an education. We think we are here now because of the education we received,” Kumari said.
Along with the launch of Sangamam, SFPI is also working to increase the scale of its programs by collaborating with corporations and other philanthropists willing to sponsor the education costs of adult children. Under the Vidyadhan Scholarship Program, which aims to support the college education of deserving students from economically disadvantaged families, SFPI will provide scholarships to 1,600 students this year. In the next four to five years, the SFPI wishes to increase this figure to 5,000 scholarships each year.
“Vidyadhan funds 80% of the student’s tuition and provides mentorship for about five to six years. This program has been phenomenally successful. We have 5,000 children in the program and more than 2,500 children have already graduated from the program and become engineers, doctors, etc. Shibulal said. In nearly two decades of this scholarship program, some of these scholars have also returned to sponsor students in the most recent batches.