INNERSIGHT- MUSIC for VISUALLY CHALLENGED STUDENTS
Dhwani Academy of Percussion Music (D.A.P.M), has been working for the last twelve years with the visually challenged music aspirants with a view towards fostering their musical talents and help them realize their professional goals in the field of music. It also has a humble yet honest intention to instill a sense of appreciation and love for good music in those underprivileged, visually impaired students who may not have an aptitude for music but still have the potential to develop a taste for it with intensive and systematic training.
Teaching: Since its inception in 2001, the Academy has taken under its fold, the visually challenged and underprivileged music aspirants of Calcutta Blind School, conducting regular free music classes for students from grade V to grade XII. Each class is attended by an average of more than 40 students and whereas initially only the musically-inclined students were enrolled, now the class has expanded to its fold all regular students with the result that from its status as a specialized subject, music has now been introduced into their curriculum as a compulsory/regular subject. Even the students who have already passed out from the school yet continue pursuing music for higher studies are taught by the teachers of the Academy at its own premises.
Maintenance: The Academy not only provides its students with musical instruments such as tabla, tanpura, harmonium etc., but also takes care towards the maintenance of the same throughout the year. The Academy even supports the students, who opt to major music at the university level in various ways, such as teaching them free of cost once a week, preparing them for semester exams and taking care of the maintenance of their instruments.
Scholarships: TheAcademy also arranges scholarshipsfor the ten best students in an academic year and provides them the opportunity to share the stage at its annual conferences with stalwarts of Indian classical music.Initially though it had started with only two scholarships, presently it offers ten scholarships to deserving candidates for musical pursuits and individual excellences.
Publication: The Academy has accomplished a pioneering enterprise/initiative/tasks/job by taking upon the noble responsibility of printing in Braille music books following the Indian notation system in three separate languages – English, Hindi and Bengali. This book is indeed one of its kind and might be available all over India at free of cost at major library and schools, teaching tabla to visually challenged music aspirants.