The Academy has framed its own set of rules and code of conduct that may be changed from time to time for smooth administrative and disciplinary purpose:
Enrolment and Membership
Membership Fees: Rs.1,200/- per year(for students of Pt.Abhijit Banerjee)
Rs. 800/-per year(for general students)
The membership fees is collected in advance for six months (Session: April - September & October - March).
NOTE: We also accept non-student memberships for those who are interested in music and in volunteernig their support to our cause.
Admission Fees - Rs.250/- (taken one time and valid for two years)
NOTE: Non-continuation of classes for two years will be treated as cancellation of membership and re-admission fees will be charged accordingly.
Class Fees:Rs. 600/- per month (General)
: Rs.2,000/- per month (Special class by Pt.Abhijit Banerjee)
NOTE: The charges for the classes should be fixed through a direct consultation with the Gurus of the respective classes.Charges for off-centreclasses too has to be ascertained through a direct and personal talk with the respective Gurus.
External Students:(Students coming from other states and cities of India and also from abroad)
Students coming from abroad to learn tabla are advised to choose December to the beginning of March as the most prefered time to take lessons from Pandit Abhijit Banerjee who is expected to be available in India during that time. July and August might be another option, though in India that is the monsoon season.
Tabla: Rs. 10,000/- for 15 classes (includes three South Indian Rhythm classes for one hour). Ghatam and South Indian Rhythm: Rs. 8000/- for 15 classes (includes two Tabla classes one hour).
Accommodation arrangements can be made by Dhwani with A/C or non A/C Rooms. The cost will be –
A/c: Rs.15,000/- for a month (single)
Non A/c: Rs.10,000/- for a month (single)
Food can be arranged and the cost must be borne by the student depending on the items ordered.
The student taking classes with Abhijit Banerjee will also get an additional free class on South Indian Rhythm and the same also applies for those who are basically coming for Ghatamclasses.
♦ Students are requested to enquire beforehand about the details of the schedule of classes for the period they are planning to come.
♦ They should write to us minimum 6 months in advance to book the classes.
♦ They should send a CD (Audio or Video) to enable us to judge their standard to get the best out of our schedule and teaching plan for them.
♦ Tickets of some important concerts can be arranged for them upon prior request.
Parents may attend the classes to follow their child's musical progress but are requested not to interfere with the teaching methods while the class is on. Nudging your ward to follow the teacher's instruction during class should be avoided for this can be a distraction and also undermines the confidence of the child. Some classes are held in private residences to generate a close and convenient feel of learning, there too, the privacy of the host should be respected.
Workshops and concerts are held throughout the year and students and parents are encouraged to attend them to take note of the level of playing and encourage the students in their efforts. Some concerts were held last season, including some home concerts, where students took part along with established artistes of high stature. This tradition will continue throughout the coming quarter, so please make sure that your contact information is updated and make prior plan to attend, for these programmes offer a great insight to the art of percussion and music as a whole.
Attending classes on a regular basis is important but for continued improvement, it is mandatory to practise regularly at home.
We sincerely try to make the learning experience fun and fulfilling for the students. By the same token, please do not hesitate to contact any of the teachers if you have any concerns that you would like to share.
NOTE:Tabla students may opt for a free South Indian Rhythm class on any Saturday with prior appointment with Ghatam Guru once a month and the same applies for the students of Ghatam if they wish to have freeTabla class once a month.
Our future plan includes:
To continue Percussion festival each and every year.
Print all Bhatkhande books in Braille.
Build an institute building with a studio, class room, guest room and auditorium within 5 years.
Extend Visually Challenged programme.
Organise more small concerts in rural areas along with local budding artistes including North Bengal.
Arrange frequent seminars on music awareness with special emphasis on folk percussion of North Bengal and traditional instruments like Pakhwaj.
Arrange workshops cordially with invitees from abroad for imparting more knowledge to students.
Planned to do Students’ Exchange Programme with students from abroad and from India