Indian Percussion instrument Learning Schools


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,
Bangalore 560003.
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,
Bangalore 560001
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,
Bangalore -560020
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,
Bangalore -560003.
Tel- 2344 0409.

Drum Brothers
Matthew Marsolek
Tel: (406) 726-4448, After Nov 20th dial:(406) 726-4445, cell: (406) 531-8109
Postal Address: Satsang Music
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 concert hall.

Students learn 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.

Residential 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




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