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Former Guild Executive Director Receives Lifetime Achievement Award in India

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Jan 18, 2014

On January 18, 2014, former Guild Executive Director Lolita Mayadas was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award by His Excellency, the Governor of West Bengal, India, Shri M K Narayanan, for her work as principal of the Calcutta School of Music. According to the Calcutta Telegraph, “Lolita brought the [Calcutta School of Music] into the golden age of western music in Calcutta, and she was present once again, among many of the teachers and musicians whose lives she had influenced.  Lolita’s acceptance speech, in response to the award with which she was honored, was gracious and inspiring.” The award was presented during a concert celebration featuring British pianist Karl Lutchmayer and the Calcutta Chamber Orchestra.

The Calcutta School of Music is one of the premier music institutions in India. It was founded in 1915 by Dr. Phillipé Sandré and to this day is one of the only schools in India which has a wide ranging canvas of musical disciplines covering all Western music disciplines, dance, speech training, elocution, and drama. The School is an important part of the city of Calcutta, providing both musical instruction and performance opportunities to young artists. The school also offers music appreciation sessions throughout the year.

Lolita served as the Guild's executive director from 1981 - 2001.


Pictured Above: Lolita Mayadas accepts Lifetime Acheivement Award from His Excellency, the Governor of West Bengal, India, Shri M K Narayanan.

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