We live in the times of DIYs and YouTube tutorials and picking up a new skill is just a click away. But does that surpass the quality of personal tutelage by a guru? Highly debatable! We scoured the city looking for the best music schools and have compiled a list of some of the oldest and most prestigious classical music schools the city has to offer. Read on!
Triveni Kala Sangam’s origins are humble - a single room above the famous Connaught Place Coffee House catering to just two students! After receiving a special grant from Pdt. Nehru himself, the school relocated to Mandi House where it continues to be a confluence of all art forms. The institution conducts courses in sitar, flute and tabla and is one of the few to hold classes for Carnatic vocals. Enroll here and learn from the best!
Where | Triveni Kala Sangam - 205, Tansen Marg, Mandi House
Fee Range | Contact School For Details
Call Them | +91 11 2371 8833 & +91 11 4182 3833
Check Out Their FB Page | https://www.facebook.com/Triveni-Kala-Sangam-New-Delhi-
Here’s Their Website | http://trivenikalasangam.org/
Gandharva Mahavidyalaya was founded by Shri Vinaya Chandra Maudgalya in 1939 as an ode to his guru, veteran musician Pdt. Vinayakrao Patwardhan. The aim of the school is to preserve the essence of Hindustani Classical and make it integral to contemporary culture. The institute admits the finest talent through auditions conducted once a year for courses in vocals, sitar, bansuri, harmonium, violin and tabla. So, if you feel you’ve got it, make sure to try your luck here!
Where | Gandharva Mahavidyalaya - 212, Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Marg
Fee Range | Rs 900 Onwards
Call Them | +91 11 2323 8784
Check Out Their FB Page | https://www.facebook.com/GandharvaChoir/
Here’s Their Website | http://www.gandharvamahavidyalayanewdelhi.org/
The school was established by renowned vocalist Smt. Savita Devi to commemorate the memory of her mother. The primary goal was to keep alive the glorious heritage of thumri, once patronized by royalty but now struggling to be keep pace with current styles. With emphasis on the Banaras gharana style of rendition of thumris, dadras and chaityas, classes are also available in Gurgaon. This amazing school is a great bet if you wanna hone your musical skills!
Where | Smt. Siddheshwari Devi Music Academy - Green Wood City, Sector 46, Gurgaon
Fee Range | Determined Per Case by the Guru Based on Individual Merit
Call Them | +91 124 4083 396
Check Out Their FB Page | https://www.facebook.com/sdmusicacademy/
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‘The Kendra’ has had a star studded faculty for over 63 years that includes Sh. Shambhu Maharaj, Sh. Birju Maharaj, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and Smt. Siddheshwari Devi to name a few. An extensive print & audio-visual library and the famous Kamani auditorium are part of its premises. Courses are available for classical and light vocals, sitar, sarod and tabla. So, what’s stopping you? Join this academy ASAP!
Where | Shri Ram Bhartiya Kala Kendra - 1, Copernicus Marg, CP
Fee Range | Rs. 2,500 Onwards
Call Them | +91 11 4350 3333 & +91 11 2338 6428
Check Out Their FB Page | https://www.facebook.com/sbkk.in/
Here’s Their Website | http://www.sbkk.in/
Saraswati Music College has illustrious alumni including the legendary Pdt. Jasraj and veteran playback singer Mohammad Rafi. Presently, the school has incorporated elements of Contemporary and Western music with classes in western music instruments and building ‘jam pads’ but its soul is still Hindustani classical. Indian music courses comprise of Light and Hindustani Vocal and performance programmes in harmonium, sitar, flute, tabla, dhol and dholak. So, scamper over and enroll right away!
Where | Saraswati Music College - A-1/226, Safdarjung Enclave
Fee Range | Rs 2000 Onwards
Call Them | +91 11 2616 7911
Check Out Their FB Page | https://www.facebook.com/SaraswatiMusicCollege/
Here’s Their Website | http://www.saraswatimusiccollege.org/
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Swaranjali Music School follows the curriculum established by Akhil Bharatiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya Mandal. The school teaches only Hindustani vocals and has instrumental programmes for tabla and sitar. So, if any of these things interest you, then, go join!
Where | Swaranjali Music School - Swasthya Vihar Club, Swasthya Vihar, Opp. Preet Vihar
Fee Range | Contact School for Details
Call Them | +91 9711 811 389
Check Out Their FB Page | https://www.facebook.com/swaranjalil.in/
Here’s Their Website | http://www.swaranjalimusic.com/
So, which one will you pick?