About us

DHWANI ACADEMY OF PERCUSSION MUSIC is a non-profit culturally oriented charitable organization pioneered by world famous classical tabla maestro Pandit Abhijit Banerjee. As an institute of percussion music, it pledges to devote itself to the nurturing of a new generation of percussionists wedded to the cause of promoting ‘rhythm' as a concept of total music able to establish and perpetuate a tradition of its own.

Dhwani have been working with Calcutta Blind School for last ten years and constantly rendering its best effort to provide all kind of support to those visually challenged who aspires to learn music. The academy have awarded scholarships, provided music education at free of cost and opportunities to share stages with stalwart artists.

Dhwani has also honored the veteran artists with Lifetime Achievement Awards.

Musical Activities:

  1. Tabla Classes

  2. South Indian Percussion

  3. Instrumental Accompaniment Classes

  4. Vocal Classes and Vocal Accompaniment

  5. Percussion and Folk Music

Other Institutional Activities:

Archive: Dhwani has set up an archive of percussion music. Both audio and video recordings are available to students and researchers. This collection is continually being added to. Apart from audio and video recordings DAPM has also set up a library for books on Tabla Notation.

International Linkages: Dhwani aims to set up international links with music organisation and academies to facilitate student exchange programmes or student placement.  

Seminars, Workshops & Publications: Dhwani is currently in the process of organising a major seminar on world percussion to raise awareness of Indian percussion student about the different approaches to percussion in the world. Other seminars/workshops plans include a series on different Indian percussion instruments. It also intends to record and release recordings related to percussionist. The first CD is currently in production.  

Multimedia: Dhwani is setting up a multimedia studio where interactive programmes could be used to demonstrate different aspects of world percussion. The studio will also record percussionists as part of the DAPM releases.  

Sponsorship: Dhwani has a policy of supporting young talented people from needy backgrounds by providing financial support or scholarships to help them establish themselves as professional musicians.  

Manik Pal Award: Honor to veteran artists with Manik Pal Award every year in the annual concert. Tabla Workshops and Seminars are organized along with music stalwarts to enrich students with more knowledge.


INNERSIGHT - Visually Challenged Students Project: Dhwani intends to support visually challenged students through this special effort. It imparts teaching to these students at free of cost. At the same time provide opportunities to share musical platforms with stalwart artists at annual events. Awarding two of best talented visually challenged students with scholarships is an integral part of every annual program.

PRAKASH - Intermediate Level School Students Project: In recent days many Indian Schools have recognized the need of music training from early stage of education and have tried to implement it. Many students are realizing benefit out of it. Still there are many challenges when a School introduces music training as part of regular activity. Dhwani teaches the young students & guides them to the world of culture.