Sri Shanmukhananda Bharatiya Sangeetha Vidyalaya
re-located to Shanmukhananda Sabha Complex
with effect from 15th June 2013
The walls of Shanmukhananda reverberate with melody, rhythm and talent ! At its heart is the Sangeetha Vidyalaya, striving to keep our music traditions alive, the city’s only professional institution that trains students for a Diploma in Karnatic Music, recognised by Mumbai University.
The Music School is headed by Smt. Radha Namboodiri, Director and Principal of the School. It functions on the advice of a Sub-Committee headed by Shri V. S. Amarnath Sury, Convenor. The Music School has over 500 students, dedicated to learning Indian classical music. In the Karnatic style, vocal, veena, violin and mrudangam are taught. In the Hindustani tradition, vocal, sitar, tabla and harmonium are taught.
Bharatanatyam classes are also conducted. More disciplines are being added. The School Library has over 2000 books on Karnatic and Hindustani Music, including journals and souvenirs.
Those who have undergone basic training in music can use this excellent opportunity to further their passion. Even novices with a predilection towards music can achieve proficiency here, under the guidance of qualified teachers.
Faculty & Staff ^
The Sangeetha Vidyalaya has 18 faculty members imparting training in various streams such as Vocal, Veena, Violin, Mrudangam, (in Karnatic Music) and Vocal, Sitar, Tabla and Harmonium in Hindustani Music and Bharatanatyam. These include the Director and the Teachers assigned to coach Diploma in Music (KVC) course and others.
• Smt. Radha Namboodiri, Director & Principal
(since June 2006)
• Smt. J. Susheelaa Mani
• Smt. Lalitha Iyer
• Smt. Usha Shankar
• Smt. Mythili Sampath Kumar
• Smt. Anuradha Srivatsan
• Shri S. R. Ramachandra Sarma
• Shri S. Gopakumar
Smt. Bhavani Srinivasan
• Smt. Jyothi Mohan
* Ms. Nupur Pai
• Ms. Apurva Rao
• Shri Suresh Degwekar
• Smt. Sharmila Pendse
• Shri P. V. Parchure
• Shri Milind Joshi
• Shri Rajan Singh Thakur
• Shri Vinay V. Dalvi
Sangeetha Vidyalaya & Shanmukha Journal Sub. Committee
Shri V. S. Amarnath Sury (Convenor)
Smt. Radha Namboodiri
Smt. Santhosh Rajan
Smt. Shyamala Sajnani
Shri R. Venkat
Courses offered ^
The Music School trains students in the following fields:
• Carnatic Vocal
• Hindustani Vocal
Each of these courses is of 7 years duration. Students who successfully complete the 7-year course in each of the faculties (obtaining at least 50% of the total aggregate marks in the 7th year) will become eligible for consideration for the Proficiency Certificate - SHANMUKHA SANGEETHA / NATYA MANI by Sri Shanmukhananda Fine Arts & Sangeetha Sabha. For this purpose the students will be subjected to a separate special practical and written test.
In addition, the school also coaches students for a 2-year Diploma course in Karnatic Vocal Classical (KVC), which is recognized by the University of Mumbai. The course is based on a syllabus approved by the University of Mumbai and is held every year from June to April.
For further details regarding courses, please contact:
Shri C. M. Dubey 022-24078888 (4 to 8 pm)
Academic Year ^
The academic year for the Music School’s 7-year courses is from October to September of the following year. The first term is from October to March and the second, from April to September. The Vidyalaya closes for vacation from 1st May to 14th June and reopens on 15th June.
The academic year for the Diploma in Music KVC (Karnatic Vocal Classical) affiliated to the University of Mumbai is from June to April of the following year.
Admissions for 7-year courses are on Vijaya Dashami Day and continue during the year. The minimum age for admission is 6 years. Admissions for 2-year Diploma course in Music KVC (Karnatic Vocal Classical) commences in June / July. Students are admitted on the basis of their performance in the audition test. The minimum educational qualification is SSC or its recognised equivalent.
Duration of Classes ^
All Music Classes (vocal & instrumental) are held on three days in a week, in one-hour capsules, between 4 & 8 pm. Some music classes are held twice a week for longer duration. Bharatanatyam classes are held twice a week, on Mondays & Fridays, between 5 & 8 pm
Two examinations are held every year for the 7-year course in different disciplines. The half-yearly examination is held in March and the Annual Examination is held in September / October. External examiners, who are experts in the field, are invited to conduct the examinations for fair appraisal. The University Examinations for the Diploma in Music KVC are held in March / April of every year.
Music Competitions ^
The Music Competition is an important annual promotional activity of the Vidyalaya. It is generally held on the first Saturday and Sunday of February every year and the last date for receipt of application forms is December 31 of the previous year. Students from all over the country participate in the competitions which are judged by external judges, who are eminent musicians of Mumbai. Prizes from Endowments are distributed by reputed performing artistes preceding their concert. Dance competition was introduced for the first time in 2010 and is now a regular annual feature. The application forms for the competitions can be downloaded from the website.
Scholarship Awards ^
Scholarship Awards are given every year to meritorious students who consistently perform well and score high marks in the examinations conducted by the Vidyalaya. There are many Endowments for different disciplines.
Vaggeyakara Day Celebrations ^
The Sangeetha Vidyalaya conducts Vaggeyakara Days of eminent composers of Carnatic and Hindustani music every month where seasoned musicians are invited to perform compositions of the designated composers. The idea is to familiarize the students, teachers and other rasikas with the rare and lesser heard compositions of those composers. 2 vocal artistes are featured in a programme and each artiste performs for 40 minutes with accompaniments.
Shri Seshadri Memorial Talent Exposure Concerts ^
The promising students with potential in different disciplines of the Sangeetha Vidyalaya including Bharatanatyam are specially trained for performing mini concerts of 40 minutes duration to showcase their talent before an audience, so that they overcome stage fear or nervousness. Two mini concerts are held once in a quarter. The accompanists are also invariably selected from among our students. The best students are duly awarded with prizes from Scholarship Endowments.
Saraswati Puja & Vijaya Dashami ^
Saraswati Puja is conducted at the Sangeetha Vidyalaya as per tradition, followed by a group rendering of Devi kritis. Initial lessons are rendered by all the faculty members and the students on Vijaya Dashami day and initiation classes are held for new students and old students in the respective classes.
The classes are repeated on the following day to avoid Dwitiya Vighnam.
Thyagaraja Aradhana ^
Thyagaraja Aradhana is conducted at the Sangeetha Vidyalaya on Pushya Bahula Panchami Day (January / February) in the morning hours every year. Unchavritti is performed in the traditional style, followed by group rendering of Thyagaraja’s Pancharatna Kritis by the students and faculty members of the Vidyalaya.