In its endeavour to re-create the Guru-Shishya
Parampara in its true spirit, ITC-SRA provides boarding and lodging to
its scholars within the Aldeen premises. It has a rich library, an
exhaustive music archive and research departments, all of which nestle
in a pervasive ambience of music.
The selected scholars are guided to choose a particular gharana. They
live with a guru and learn from him or her. The daily practice of music,
with experts accompanying them on the Tanpura, Tabla, and Harmonium, is
part of their life and learning in ITC-SRA.
Daily Work Schedule
All the scholars, resident or non-resident, have to report to the
Prefect every morning at a prescribed time. Their day starts with 'riyaz'.
After that, the scholars go to their respective gurus for receiving 'talim'.
The afternoon 'riyaz' is done with the help of resident accompanists.
Every day a scholar does a minimum of six hours of 'riyaz'.
Special classes on Dhrupad, Tala and Raga Analysis are conducted as
additional inputs to the students. Special language classes to improve
the phonetic quality and enunciation of the language of music and to
improve overall understanding of music literature shall also be
Assessment, appraisal and counselling are continuous throughout a
scholar's training. Apart from the guru himself, ITC-SRA's Expert
Committee takes an active part in this.
The highlight of the appraisal process is that the Expert Committee
guides a scholar to develop himself by listening to and critiquing his
own recorded musical performance.
A gradation test is held twice a year for scholars and once a year for
General Class students. A student passing this stringent test is
elevated as a scholar. Scholars too have to demonstrate continuous
improvement and keenness to learn.