Arts and smarts: College and arts group commit to working together


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PARTNERSHIP: Bradford College Group CEO, Andy Welsh, and Kala Sangam CEO, Ajit Singh, shake hands after signing the memorandum

PARTNERSHIP: Bradford College Group CEO, Andy Welsh, and Kala Sangam CEO, Ajit Singh, shake hands after signing the memorandum

Bradford College has signed a collaboration agreement with one of the city’s most established south Asian arts programmes in the UK as they aim to ‘enrich their student’s learning’.

Kala Sangam promotes the arts, heritage and culture of south Asia, both nationally and internationally, and was set up in Bradford in 1993.

Building on a strong existing relationship, the two organisations have committed to work closely together on projects for the benefit of both organisations.

Speaking for Bradford College, Damien O’Keeffe, head of its Northern School of Creative Industries, said he was delighted to see the partnership strengthened.  

“The aim of signing the memorandum of understanding is to create clear links between Kala Sangam and the College that will enrich the curriculum, extend opportunities for our students to gain experience of working with an arts organisation of national and international significance and to share good practice in arts-based teaching and learning,” he said.

“The potential for artistic and research collaboration is great and could really enrich our students' learning, and the city's cultural offer.”

Kala Sangam is an award winning organisation, whose co-founder, Dr Geetha Upadhyaya, was recently named as a recipient of an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

Ajit Singh, chief executive of Kala Sangam, said: “Kala Sangam is delighted to have agreed a memorandum of understanding with Bradford College.

“This is all the more special to me being an alumnus of the College but also as it will mutually benefit both organisations with regards to educational enhancement, vocational training opportunities and creative cross collaborations.”

Dozens of staff members and students from the College discovered more about the arts group when it threw open the doors of its centre at St Peter’s House in Forster Square for an open day earlier this month.

Workshops in classical Indian dance, south Asian percussion and storytelling were all held with real enthusiasm from all in attendance.

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