Institute of Music and Dance

The Kendra’s institute of Music & Dance founded in 1952, has a long established reputation for excellence in the field of performing arts. It is a lively cultural centre reflecting a fusion of rich artistic traditions and contemporary insights. The College offers training in major classical dance styles and music of India, namely Kathak, Bharatanatyam, Odissi and Chhau dances and Hindustani Classical Vocal and Instrumental Music. Eminent gurus of these disciplines supervise the teaching programmes to help the students excel in their subject of study. The campus is located in the heart of Delhi’s cultural hub, the Mandi House area. It nestles in the calm atmosphere of about two acres of space, surrounded by several prominent national centres of arts namely, Sangeet Natak Akademi, Lalit Kala Akademi and National School of Drama. With a large number of theatre halls, open-air performance venues, art galleries, studios, libraries and cafes the area around the college gives an excellent opportunity to its students to experience the best of culture and performing arts. The campus is within a short walking distance from the nearest metro station.

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DEPARTMENTS, DISCIPLINES, SUBJECTS

Music

1. DEPARTMENT OF HINDUSTANI CLASSICAL VOCAL MUSIC

The department offers two major subjects of study:

a) Hindustani Classical Vocal – Khayal

b) Hindustani Semi-Classical Vocal – Thumri, Bhajans etc.

2. DEPARTMENT OF HINDUSTANI CLASSICAL INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC

The department offers three subjects (instruments) of study:

a) Sarod

b) Sitar

c) Tabla

Dance

3. DEPARTMENT OF KATHAK DANCE

The department offers training in two styles of Kathak – Jaipur Gharana and Lucknow Gharana

4. DEPARTMENT OF BHARATANATYAM

The department offers training in the Kalakshetra style of the dance

5. DEPARTMENT OF ODISSI DANCE

The department offers training in Kelucharan Mohapatra style of the dance

6. DEPARTMENT OF CHHAU DANCE

The department offers training in the Mayurbhanj style of the dance.

7. DEPARTMENT OF DANCE DRAMA

The department imparts training in the style of dance drama evolved by the Kendra for over 65 years based on different dance forms and performance traditions of India.

Courses / Programmes of Study

The college offers a total of 10 years of study or training in a major discipline in five succeeding levels of Courses.

Vocational Programmes

1. FOUNDATION COURSE (TWO YEARS)

This two years course is meant for beginners who have no formal training in the discipline of their choice or in any allied disciplines. It is open for children above 8 years as well as adults to join.

2. CERTIFICATE COURSE (THREE YEARS)

This is the next level of our teaching, which a student joins after completion of the Foundation course. Direct entry to this Course is also allowed if an applicant has obtained Foundation level of training in the discipline elsewhere or is found to be competent enough for the entry to the course during the audition for admission.

Professional Programmes

3. DIPLOMA COURSE (TWO YEARS)

This third level of our courses is designed for more complex and higher level lessons in the main subject for preparing the students for a professional career in the art as a performer or a teacher.

4. POST-DIPLOMA COURSE (TWO YEARS)

The course is meant for higher training in the major subject together with supporting subsidiary subjects, allied to the main discipline.

5. SPECIALISATION COURSE (ONE YEAR)

In this final level of professional training, a student is required to specialize in a particular aspect of the main discipline that he / she has followed so far.

5. SPECIALISATION COURSE (ONE YEAR)

In this final level of professional training, a student is required to specialize in a particular aspect of the main discipline that he / she has followed so far.

Faculty

The college has a faculty of about 35 members comprising senior gurus along with talented young teachers and accompanying musicians in its different departments and disciplines. Senior disciples of the gurus also provide assistance from time to time in imparting training to the youngsters. Lectures, demonstrations and workshops by visiting artists and teachers further enrich the training programmes of the college.
Names of the faculty members are as follows:

Music

HINDUSTANI CLASSICAL VOCAL

MOHAMMED HAMEED KHAN is an accomplished North Indian Classical Vocalist, whose repertoire includes sufi, ghazals and folk singing. He completed the seven year postdiploma in Hindustani classical music at the Shriram Bhartiya Kala Kendra, New Delhi. He has been trained in the Kirana Gharana by his guru the late Smt. Shanti Sharma.

ARCHANA SINGH, a disciple of Late Shanti Sharma of Kirana Gharana, obtained her Sahitya Alankar degree from Hindi Vidyapeeth, Devghar, Bihar and Post Graduate Diploma in Music from Shriram Bhartiya Kala Kendra, New Delhi. She completed her Sangeet Alankar from Akhil Bhartiya, Gandharva Mandal, Mumbai,

Hailing from Cuttuck, SHIV PRASAD RAO was initiated into Hindustani Classical Vocal in Gwalior Parampara by his father Shri Maheshwar Rao, an awardee of Odisha Sangeet Natak Akademi. He is now under the tutelage of Shri Vikas Kashalkar of Pune, learning the intricacies of Jaipur and Agra styles of Gayaki, besides Gwalior Parampara.

MANJEET SINGH was introduced to the field of Hindustani Classical Vocal Music by Prof. B.S. Bali (retired Principal of Music & Fine Arts College, Jammu). He received guidance from Late Smt. Shanti Sharma, a renowned vocalist who had been a guru at the Kendra.

DEEPAK KALRA, is a vocalist of Hindustani Music. He also specializes in different forms of devotional music of India. He has presented solo performances at various places and has recorded songs in regional languages. He has sung for Doordarshan’s serial “Saints of India” and Audio CDs ‘Gurbani’ and ‘Hu – The Zikr’ released by Mystica Music.

HINDUSTANI INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC

BISWAJIT ROY CHOWDHURY – One of today’s brilliant and serious exponents of Hindustani Classical Music, Biswajit Roy Chowdhury stands out not only for his singular commitment to music, but also for his conscious combination of all that is the best in the Indian musical tradition. Initially groomed in music by his father, he learnt Sarod from Pandit Indranil Bhattacharya in Kolkata and subsequently from Ustad Amjad Ali Khan in Delhi. He thus received training in both the major schools of Sarod-playing – Maihar and Gwalior.

A commerce graduate, NIRMAL MONDAL  was born in Siliguri (North Bengal). He had the privilege of learning Tabla from renowned Gurus and Ustads of different Gharanas – initially from Shri Lalu Chaki and Shri Batuk Jee, and later from Pt. Lachhu Maharaj of Banaras Gharana and Tabla Maestro Ustad Lateef Ahmed Khan of Delhi Gharana.

HINDUSTANI INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC

Dance

KATHAK
ODISSI
BHARATNATYAM
CHHAU & DANCE DRAMA

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