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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 conducted.

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.

From extreme left: Hirabai Barodekar, Latafat Hussain Khan, V G Jog, Ishtiaque Hussain Khan, Girija Devi and others. Standing against the door in the background is Sunil Bose.
Gradation Test

Gradation Test
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.


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