New music courses at NCPA

  • Hindustan Times
  • Updated: Dec 17, 2014 19:23 IST

The National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) and the Shankar Mahadevan Academy have collaborated to present instructor-led music courses. Mahadevan’s five-year-old academy is offering offline courses for the first time — in basics of music and Bollywood singing, Hindustani vocals and Carnatic vocals at the National Centre for Performing Arts (NCPA) at Nariman Point.

The association aims to popularise and expose students to these music forms. “India has such a rich culture of different forms of music, that are in no way limited to Bollywood. We must strive to preserve this,” says Shankar Mahadevan, music director and founder-director, Shankar Mahadevan Academy.

The Indian Music department at the NCPA, along with the education board of Mahadevan’s Academy have formed a collaborative curriculum that will teach Indian classical and light music to NCPA patrons and music lovers via its online-offline blended model. While most of the academy’s courses earlier followed an online-only model, this course will have one class every week for 12 weeks.

“As a national centre, we are deeply committed to propagating Indian music for both beginners as well as advanced musicians,” says KN Suntook, chairman of NCPA.

Students will not be assessed by exams, but will be asked to perform individually and in groups, says Suvarnalata Rao, research scientist and head-programming (Indian music) at the NCPA. All students will be given certificates at the end of the course.

The average batch size for the courses will be between 15 and 20 students. For Carnatic and Hindustani music, batches will be limited to a maximum of six students. Carnatic and Hindustani music courses will begin in March and a special course called ‘Voice gym’ will start in April 2015.

“I am excited about the academy’s new venture with NCPA. My philosophy is to impart high-quality learning in music through innovative methods, and this is a great place to start” says Mahadevan.

To register for the course online, visit contact the NCPA: 6622-3737.

(Photo: L to R-- Dr. Suvarnalata Rao - Head – Programming (Indian Music), NCPA; Sridhar Ranganathan - Founder & CEO, Shankar Mahadevan Academy, Shankar Mahadevan - Founder & Director, Shankar Mahadevan Academy, KN Suntook, Chairman - NCPA)

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