If you are looking for a music school or music
teacher to give you lessons in Indian percussion instruments,
we are listing a few well known schools which are taking the tradition forward
in its authentic style. These percussion instrument schools are run by maestros
who have in depth knowledge, experience and are of international repute. Though
we have tried to put together as many of them as we could there might be many
more colleges that may be giving training in Indian percussion instruments
across India and abroad. We will advice you to check out as many of them as you
can before joining one. IF you come across any good institute or school that is
genuine and enjoys a good reputation, do let us know of the same. We would like
to list them here for the benefit of our readers
Karnataka College of Percussion
A famous mridangam player TAS Mani and Ramamani,
started the Karnataka College of Percussion (KCP). The college has achieved
significant international recognition. Its vibrant fusion group, Tala Tarangini,
has performed in abroad and back home. The KCP focuses mainly on only Carnatic
percussion instruments like the mridangam, ghatam, kanjira and morsing and also
incorporates konnakol, the art of uttering percussive syllables articulately,
sometimes at impossible speeds. The variety and complexity of their rhythmic
work has fascinated musicians from the West, especially those interested in
jazz. Several students are given training annually in percussive disciplines of
this tradition. The cream talent is finally included in the troupe. The training
also involves periodic concerts to encourage youngsters.
Address: 15/1 Lakshminilaya, Kodandarampurarn,
Next to Corporation School,
Tel- 2344 1515.
Located on a sprawling lush green area on the outskirts
of Bangalore, Guruskool was started by Gopal and Geeta Navale. Workshops,
regular classes and crash courses are a regular feature here. It extends
residential facilities, an amphitheatre, a rehearsal studio with instruments and
a library too. Artists from all over the world come to visit, stay and
collaborate. The Navale couples are part of Esperanto, a world music band
working towards music for global appeal. At Guruskool, they arrange teachers for
any form of Indian Classical music and provide accommodation for students of
music as well as arrange recordings and concerts.
Address: 1, Abishek
Complex, 17th Cross,
Sampige Road, Malleswaram,
Tel- 2334 0309.
Konarak Reddy Music School
Trained in Western Classical music,
Hindustani music and jazz composition, Konarak Reddy is a leading guitarist. The
guitar is the focal point of his music school. Lessons are imparted in Western
Classical, contemporary and jazz music genres. Students can make a choice of
basic or advanced batches according to their level of comfort and familiarity
with the instrument. Classes are open to those above the age of 12.
Address: 58 St. Marks Road,
Tel- 2558 5395
Saraswati Sangeet Vidyalaya
Founded in 1931 by Pandit G V Bhave and Lakshmi G Bhave,
The Saraswati Sangeet Vidyalaya, is one centre where one can get quality
training in both Carnatic and Hindustani music. Another facet of this
institute is the ancient Gurukul system of education. Students of the
Hindustani tradition may learn the tabla, dholak, flute, violin, harmonium,
guitar and mandolin, among others. The Carnatic wing teaches veena, violin,
flute, mridangam ghatam, khanjira (percussion) and harmonium.
Address: 114, 'Swarsatkar', Nehru circle,
Tel- 2344 3900.
Ananya is Bangalore's unique music library. Located
in Malleshwaram, it boasts 5,000 hour eclectic music including Iranian, West
African and Egyptian music, but the accent is mainly on Indian Classical music
including some rarely heard concerts dating back to the 1920s.
Ananya is one of the few libraries in present times that are keen on spreading
awareness about Indian classical music. Carnatic music concerts by renowned
musicians are regularly organized at venues across the city. Music programs
for children are also organized regularly.
Address: 91/2, 4th Main, Malleswaram,
Tel- 2344 0409.
Tel: (406) 726-4448, After Nov 20th dial:(406)
726-4445, cell: (406) 531-8109
PO Box 268
Arlee, MT 59821
The Ali Akbar College of
Music offers education in the classical music of North India at the highest
professional level. Their primary instructors are the internationally recognized sarode Maestro
Ali Akbar Khan and the master of percussion Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri, from whom our students learn the necessary musical
skills, knowledge and understanding to contribute significantly to musical
life. Our international student body ranges from beginner to accomplished
professional. Facilities include several practice rooms, classrooms and a
to play the classical music of North India on the instrument of their
choice, Indian or non-Indian. All are encouraged to learn vocal music. Cross
training in raga (melody) and tala (percussion) are encouraged, though
typically the student will specialize in either raga or tala.
facilities are not available at the College at this time, but housing is
available in the area. Please contact the College office for information on
finding comfortable, music friendly lodging near the College.
The school is located
about 10 miles north of San Francisco in beautiful San Rafael and is easily
accessible by car or public transportation.
Tabla classes are also held at the Jawaharlal
Nehru Indian Cultural Centre
Jl. Imam Bonjol 32
Jakarta Pusat 10310
Tel. 62-21-3155120, Fax: 62-21-3846755