With the advancement of technology and prevalence of sites like YouTube, Instagram and Spotify, tutorials of anything are just a matter of a few clicks. Same goes for music as well. You’ll get innumerable tutorials online for how to learn playing guitar or any other instrument, even for learning to sing for that matter. Though online learning acted as a boon for people who were confined within the walls of their home due to Covid pandemic or those who can’t afford going for offline classes, it doesn’t make up for the warmth and connection that the offline learning experience gives.
Indian classical music is something that takes years of practice and patience to get a grasp on. Learning Hindustani classical music from gurus who have mastered the art over the course of their entire life is something truly special and different. It is something no online class can ever give you.
Learning music notes by penning them down in a notebook and reading the history of Hindustani classical musicians and vocalists will be much more fulfilling than those screen notes.
Mangal Singh Verma, a music teacher at Delhi Education Department of Delhi Subordinate Services Selection Board (DSSSB) and Ph.D. student of music in Delhi University says, “There is a need to talk about the importance of Hindustani classical music and spread awareness about the same. In this particular music genre, a teacher should know about the music well and should be able to make students understand it.”
So here is a list of the music schools you can apply to learn Indian classical music:
Swaranjali Music School
Swaranjali Music School specialises in teaching Hindustani vocals. It also offers programmes of instruments like tabla and sitar. Its curriculum is established by Akhil Bharatiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya Mandal.
Address: Swaranjali Music School - Swasthya Vihar Club, Swasthya Vihar, Opp. Preet Vihar
Saraswati Music College
Saraswati Music College provides vocal courses which include Light (Songs, Ghazals & Bhajans) and Hindustani Classical. They teach instruments such as harmonium, sitar, flute, dhol, dholak, and tabla. Their alumni include the legendary Pdt. Jasraj and veteran playback singer Mohammad Rafi.
Address: Saraswati Music College - A-1/226, Safdarjung Enclave
Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra
Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra offers Indian classical and light vocal courses and gives classes on sitar, sarod, and tabla as well. This kendra has music celebrity faculty and some of them are Shambhu Maharaj, Birju Maharaj, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and Siddheshwari Devi.
Address: Shri Ram Bharatiya Kala Kendra - 1, Copernicus Marg, CP
Smt. Siddheshwari Devi Music Academy
Renowned vocalist Smt. Samita Devi opened this school in the memory of her mother. She aimed to keep alive the heritage of 'thumri', a part of Hindustani classical music. It offers classes of Banaras Gharana style of rendition of thumri, dadra and chaityas.
Address: Smt. Siddheshwari Devi Music Academy - Green Wood City, Sector 46, Gurugram
Triveni Kala Sangam
Triveni Kala Sangam has received a special grant from Pdt. Jawaharlal Nehru himself. This music institute gives courses on sitar, flute, and tabla and classes on carnatic vocals as well.
Address: Triveni Kala Sangam - 205, Tansen Marg, Mandi House, New Delhi