The walls of Shanmukhananda reverberate with melody, rhythm and talent ! At its heart is the Music School, striving to keep our music traditions alive, the city’s only professional institution that trains students for a Diploma in Carnatic Music, recognised by Mumbai University.
The Music School is situated in Matunga, below Bharat Ratna
Dr. M. S. Subbulakshmi Auditorium. It is headed by Radha Namboodiri, Director and Principal of the School. It functions
on the advice of a Sub-Committee headed by the Sabha’s secretary, V. S. Amarnath Sury. The Music School has 400 students, dedicated to learning Indian classical music. In the Carnatic 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 2000 books on Carnatic 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 17 faculty members imparting training in various streams such as Vocal, Veena, Violin, Mridangam, (in Carnatic 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, Faculty members of Diploma in
Music (KVC) course and others.
• Smt. Radha Namboodiri (nee Warrier) Director & Principal
since June 2006
• Smt. J. Susheelaa Mani
• Smt. Lalita Iver
• Smt. Usha Shankar
• Smt. Mythili Sampath Kumar
• Shri S. R. Ramachandra Sarma
• Shri S. R. Balasubramanian
• Shri S. Gopakumar
• Smt. Jyothi Mohan
• Ms. Subha Vithal
• Shri Suresh Degwekar
• Shri Ravindra Pusalkar
• 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)
Shri A. Seshan
Shri K. Rajagopalan
Smt. Radha Namboodiri
The Music School trains students in the following fields:
• Carnatic Vocal
• Hindustani Vocal
Sri Shanmukhananda Sangeetha Sabha & Fine Arts was established in 1952, with the main objective of promoting Fine Arts in the city of then Bombay. Today, the objective has expanded to include providing a platform to budding artistes, to showcase their talents, impart training in various fields of Fine Arts to aspiring students, providing affordable health care in certain critical areas to the vulnerable sections of society and promote national integration through its various activities.
The Sabha Auditorium, which has a capacity of 2763, has been and continues to be the venue for some of the finest cultural events and programs in the field of performing arts. Distinguished personalities who have performed in the Sabha include Bharat Ratna Dr. M. S. Subbulakshmi, Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar, M. L. Vasanthakumari, Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer, Lalgudi Jayaraman, Pt. Bhimsen Joshi, Ustad Bismillah Khan, Ustad Zakir Hussian, Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia, Kishori Amonker, Pt. Ravi Shankar, Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhonsle, S. P. Balasubramaniam, Zubin Mehta, to name a few. Almost all the current artists have performances to their credit in the Sabha, at one time or the other. The Sabha has also been visited by various political leaders including Lal Bahadur Shastri, Indira Gandhi, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Dr. Manmohan Singh and Lal Krishna Advani.
The Sabha auditorium was destroyed by a devastating fire in 1990. It has long been resurrected, rising from the ashes like a phoenix, thanks to the untiring efforts of Sabha members and help from the state government and various philanthropic agencies.
The Shanmukhananda Chandrasekarendra Saraswathi Auditorium is one of the finest examples of structural engineering and architectural aesthetics working in perfect unison, to synthesise and recreate the moods, melodies and drama of the performing artistes. The arrangements offer the perfect platform for music concerts, entertainment programs, dramas, marketing meets, business seminars, conferences and film screenings.
The auditorium has been designed on three tiers with spacious foyers to cater to large crowds. The Bharatiya Music & Arts Society (Regd.) was merged
into the Sabha in 2005. The Shanmukhananda Bharatiya Sangeetha Vidyalaya building has state-of-the-art facilities at its building at Bhaudaji Road Extension, Sion West,
The Sabha’s Music School teaches students in various fields of classical music and instruments.
The Sabha’s Medical Centre caters to the needs of the general public for treatment for Dialysis, Eye Care and General Medicine.
292, Comrade Harbanslal Marg
Mumbai - 400022, Maharashtra, India
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