Pioneered by the renowned tabla maestro Pt. Abhijit Banerjee and committed to the exploration of the immense possibilities of time-honoured Indian traditional music in its multifaceted manifestations, especially in the new age musical global scenario, the Academy has adopted a handful of target-oriented initiatives as stated below :
* Undertaking collaborative projects with international music institutes including cultural exchange programmes.
* Arranging music and percussion festivals featuring eminent musicians from India and abroad.
* Conducting cultural programmes in semi-urban and rural areas to convey the fine pleasures of traditional Indian music to the farthest corners of the country.
* Redeeming Indian folk music from obscurity and restoring it to its rightful glory with a view to edifying the rural people about our rich cultural heritage.
* Educating and training the underprivileged and visually impaired music enthusiasts in the mores and cultures of Indian traditional music not only for recreational purposes but also to enable the talented ones to take up music as a rewarding occupation.
Regular Institutional Activities:
South Indian Percussion classes
Instrumental Accompaniment classes
Vocal and Vocal Accompaniment classes
Percussion and Folk Music classes
Other Institutional Activities:
Archive: Dhwani has set up an archive of percussion music where 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 with a sizeable collection of books on Tabla Notation.
International Linkages: Dhwani collaborates with international music organisations 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 about Indian percussion and to acquaint the students about the different approaches to percussion in the global context. Other seminars/workshops plans include a series on different Indian percussion instruments. It also intends to bring out recordings related to percussions, the first CD being currently under 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 an avowed policy of supporting young talented music enthusiasts from the economically backward population by providing financial support or scholarships to help them establish themselves as professional musicians.
Manik Pal Award: The Academy has instituted the Manik Pal Award to honour deserving musicians every year in the annual concert. Tabla Workshops and Seminars are organized featuring music stalwarts to enrich students with more knowledge.
INNERSIGHT -- A Project for the Visually Challenged Students: Through this project Dhwani supports visually challenged students by imparting lessons to them free of cost. At the same time the Academy also provides them opportunities to share the stage with stalwart artists to showcase their talents at annual events. Awarding two of the best talented visually challenged students with scholarships is an integral part of the annual program every year.
PRAKASH -- A Project for Intermediate Level School Students : Of late many Indian schools have recognized the need of music lessons from an early stage of education and consequently have tried to incorporate it into their regular syllabus.Though many students are reaping the benefits of such classes yet there are still many challenges faced by a school when it introduces music classes as part of its regular activity. Through this project Dhwani offers on-campus music lessons to these new learners and guides them into the world of music and culture.
SAAZ AUR AWAZ--An Annual Event: For the last 12 years,the Academy has been presenting a yearly music fest with a day exclusively dedicated to percussion music of different genres from all over the world including cross-over music.Artistes of all-India repute as well as international repute converge at this concert to grace the stage with their superlative artistry and share the limelight with young and upcoming musicians.