Short Term Courses for International Students at ITC-SRA
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ITC Sangeet Research Academy invites applications for Short-Term Residency courses specially designed for International Students.

We have over the years received numerous requests from international students who wish to learn at ITC SRA. Based on our experience, we are now offering 3-month residential courses at the Academy.

Training in both vocal and instrumental (sitar, sarod, sarangi and shehnai) styles of Hindustani Classical Music is offered together with the gayaki ang (the vocal style in Hindustani classical instrumental music) of most musical instruments.

Courses will be customized for each student depending on his/her need. On selection, a student will need to make a donation of USD 500 per month to cover board and course fees.


Objectives & Deliverables

The new course being offered at SRA is aimed at international students who have the passion, commitment and minimum basic skills (or more) , but do not have access to regular training in Hindustani Classical Music.

The intent of the 3 months initial course will be to acquaint the student with :

a) The basics of swar and taal
b) At least 1 raga (depending on the student)
c) Some aspects of voice culture.


The Academy would retain its method of audition prior to offering it to an international student. The first stage is to send by post or over the mail, a 15-20 minute performance by the prospective scholar. This performance could be either vocal or instrumental. The course offering is broad based.

The recording will be heard by a team of experts from the Academy and successful candidates may be asked to appear for a personal interview, for which the applicant could come to the Academy in person or choose a web-based interview – Skype could be an option.


The Academy’s pedagogy is premised on the ancient Guru-Shishya (teacher-pupil) method. We believe this to be the finest system to impart music instruction to would be performers. Currently, the Academy has 49 Scholars with a faculty of 11 Gurus and 6 Musician Tutors (Junior Gurus). Most of the Gurus and Musician Tutors are resident in the campus.

The ratio of teacher to taught ensures a system akin to private tuition where every scholar receives a Guru’s individual attention.

Beyond arithmetical ratios of Guru to Scholar is the fundamental requirement of dedication, musical talent and complete dedication of music. At the Academy, scholars ranging from an age of 9 years to 32 years have dedicated their lives to music. Most of them have brilliant academic careers and would do well in areas other than music, and an a priori assumption with this course offering is that music is universal. Just as in Western music, Indian Classical Music relies on the same 7 basic notes and 5 moveable notes.

Music talent is universal. There is no special mystery in Hindustani Classical Music. In fact, in recent years, the Academy has had several instances of remarkable progress – a French student of the Tabla (percussion instrument) stayed with us for 14 days learning Sarod (hand-plucked string instrument) from Guru Buddhadev Dasgupta. Before leaving, he left a select audience amazed with his Sarod performance – Sarod being an instrument which he was not familiar with at all.

Both for the learner, the practicing musician, and the researcher, ITC SRA offers a tailor-made training programme suited to the individual need. This is the corner stone of the training which we offer.


The choice of courses offered:

  Area Faculty
i) Hindustani Classical Vocal – Khayal

Vidushi Girija Devi
Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty
Pandit Ulhas Kashalkar
Ustad Abdul Rashid Khan
Ustad Mashkoor Ali Khan
Pandit Arun Bhaduri
Vidushi Subhra Guha

ii) Hindustani Classical Vocal – Dhrupad Pandit Uday Bhawalkar
iii) Classical – Instrumental  
(a) Sarod & Sitar Pandit Buddhadev Dasgupta
Pandit Partho Chatterjee
(b) Shehnai Ustad Ali Ahmed Khan
Our team of 11 Gurus is supplemented by the following Musician Tutors (Junior Gurus):
Vocal Shri Aniruddha Bhattacharya
Shri Arshad Ali Khan
Shri Kumar Mardur
Shri Omkar Dadarkar
Shri Waseem Ahmed Khan
Shri Brajeswar Mukherjee
Instrumental Shri Abir Hossain
In addition, the Academy also offers training in the Gayaki Ang for instrumental scholars together with exposure and learning in Sarangi, Harmonium and Tabla.

This course offering will be co-ordinated by Vidushi Subhra Guha, who will be the Dean for International Students.

Creativity is one of the principle features of a Hindustani Classical Music performance. Without deviating from the requirement of rigor and learning, our Academy nurtures and emphasizes creativity. SRA’s residential campus and the all-prevailing ambience of music provides an excellent backdrop.
A typical day at the Academy
i) A tailor-made 1:1 instruction from a Guru of the Academy. This will take place in a small group typically from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Monday through Friday.
ii) 2 hours of practice with an accompanying musician. Artists drawn from the Tabla, Harmonium and Sarangi faculties of the Academy will be provided.
iii) Individual Riyaz (practice) – It is expected that each student is to put in a minimum of 3 to 4 hours of individual Riyaz in addition to the classes with the Guru and the practice with the accompanists.
iv) Guided learning from the Academy’s archives. The Academy’s archive of more than 11,000 hours of recorded Hindustani Classical Music is among the largest in the world.
v) Library and research documentation – It is expected that a student spends his weekends in the library to delve deeper into the theory of Hindustani Classical Music.
The above is an indication of the allocation of time. The exact allocation will be determined by the student together with the Dean of international studies.

It is expected that a student will attend all recitals at the Academy as also other music recitals elsewhere in Kolkata.

On joining, the allocation of a student to a Guru will be determined by the Academy’s team of experts and the Executive Director. This allocation is based on a candidate’s suitability as assessed by the Expert Committee and no deviation is permitted from this selection.


The essence of monitoring progress lies with the individual Guru. In addition, the Expert Committee will meet once a month and share performance feed-back with the student.

In the event of no progress or lack of dedication, the training will be terminated by the Academy and the balance donation, if any, will be refunded to the student

Certificate of Completion

On the successful completion of the 3-month programme, the student will be awarded a Certificate by the Academy stating details of his grade and training received.

Do contact Shoumi Roy ( for further details, along with your CVs and a small sample of any recent solo piece you may have recorded. There is no age limit.
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