Masters of Arts – MA (Tabla)

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  • Specialisation:
  • Duration:
    Two Years (Four semesters)
  • Campus:
  • Eligibility:
    Candidates should have scored a minimum of 50% in the Bachelor’s degree. There will also be tests/interviews to determine selection of the candidates for the programme.

The M.A. Music (Tabla) is a two-year master’s degree programme which opens avenues into the world of performing arts for naturally talented aspirants, and into the world of music careers for those passionate in the arts. This programme is jointly designed thoughtfully by educationists and renowned performing artists who see the value of both, a university education, as well as the Gurukula training.

Extensive practical training is offered to help students gain broader insight, strong techniques and basic performance skills as per the gharana tradition. Training is offered in the guru-shishya parampara mode, and the exposure that students get is immense.

Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth (CVV) takes responsibility to impart thorough training in the chosen stream with a view to enhance skills, as well as to equip students with theoretical inputs including music education, research methodology etc. to get them ready for advanced learning and research.

At CVV, you get to experience quality education in a Gurukula and earn a valuable university degree too. It provides the students the opportunity to fine tune the right and left brain, together.

This M.A. Music programme is offered at the Chinmaya Naada Bindu Gurukula (CNBG) campus of CVV, near Pune, which is located at the foothills of the stately Sahyadri mountain ranges in the quiet village of Kolwan within the campus of Chinmaya Vibhooti, the vision centre of Chinmaya Mission. CNBG provides a residential Gurukula lifestyle rooted in India’s cultural and spiritual heritage.

  • A minimum of 50% of marks or its equivalent CGPA in the bachelor’s degree, in any discipline, from a recognised university.
  • Good training in the chosen stream of specialisation – t
  • Should preferably have cleared some formal music exams.
  • The department will conduct auditions to determine the selection of candidates.
  • Aspirants with an undergraduate degree in Music will be given preference for the MA Music programme.
  • There is no age limit to apply for this programme
Programme Structure
Core Courses

1. Akshara Sadhana
Developing perfection in the sound of every akshara that is played on the tabla is very important for giving justice to a composition. Nikaas, which deals with the proper placing of hand and proper intonation of the sound, is an important aspect of playing the tabla. The Akshara Sadhana course includes intense practice sessions of a variety of bols from all G haranas. Perfection in sound production enriches the thinking process and takes the music to a greater level.

2. Taal Sadhana
Tabla mainly deals with taal which is one of the two main pillars of music, and is different from rhythm. It is a circular way of looking at rhythm and as a tabla player taal should be felt from within. Taal Sadhana is more of a practice at the mental level, influencing the physical playing and the aesthetics of dealing with rhythm. This course includes an extensive study of taals, their personalities, rhythmical structure and easy flow of improvisation within their structure, without disturbing the basic nuances of the taal.

3. Music Theory
Music theory provides an in-depth idea of concepts and terminologies in classical music. It consists of courses such as Gandharva Veda, research methodology, interdisciplinary studies, music education, cultural musicology etc. It gives a firm foundation for competitive exams like NET. Applied Theory focuses on writing notations and laykaris to perfect the practical skills that are required in the field.


Aimed at diversifying the knowledge of students, electives such as Introduction to Carnatic Music, Music Production and Applied Skills etc. may be offered to empower students with a holistic approach to music.

Proficiency Course
  • Learning from Leaders
Foundational Courses
  • Indic Knowledge Systems
    As human beings march in their journey towards progress through newer developments, they need to be guided by a core set of ideals and principles of living. In today’s context, these paradigms of living stem from recent ideas originating from the western world. While we have been making progress, there is also a widespread understanding that for every new solution and idea that we discover, more and more challenges and problems arise out of them. This potentially raises the need to look for alternative paradigms for the emerging world order. Indic Knowledge Systems (IKS) can potentially offer ideas for developing these. Knowledge of IKS is the first step in this process. Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth addresses this requirement through a foundation course.
    IKS constitutes a vast majority of literature spanning across multiple perspectives. This includes ideas on fundamental premises related to one’s living as laid out in the Vedas, components of knowledge that help us develop a correct understanding of Vedic literature, Purāṇas, Darśaṇas, Smṛtis, Upa Vedas and many more. Collectively, these are typically referred to as the Chaturdasha Vidyashtanam.
  • Sanskrit
Self-Immersion Courses
  • Yoga
  • Seva
  • Become a performing artist
  • Learn from renowned performing artists while residing with them in the Gurukula system and also get a university degree
  • Develop a solid foundation in music theory and musicology
  • An introduction to research aspects of music
  • Performing opportunities while doing the course, on and off campus
  • Exposure to the broader world of music through Electives
  • Experience a deep rooted pedagogy of Gurukula while connecting with a modern university structure
  • Develop teaching skills
Exit Criteria

A student should complete all the Core and Foundational Courses, along with their chosen Minor(s). In the last semester, students will be required to give a public performance as a part of the Mega Project

  • What is the duration and intensity of this programme?
    The M.A. Music programme is a full-time, four semester, two year programme. While it is mainly a residential programme, a non-residential option may be considered for valid reasons.
  • What is the uniqueness of this programme?
    The programme is a unique integration of academics wrapped with lots of practice, which helps in shaping great performers with a firm foundation in the shastras. The focus is on performance, and the number of hours dedicated for practice justifies this focus.
  • Who should apply for this programme?
    Any graduate student with a musical background who is exploring a career in music, such as performance, teaching, music arrangement or any other related field.
  • What are the different courses taught as a part of this programme?
    Refer to ‘Program Structure’ section above.
  • What is the faculty profile?
    Fully qualified faculty handle the core courses along with renowned performing artists who visit the campus on a regular basis. Guest faculty are invited to deliver specialised courses.
  • Are internships provided during the programme?
  • I am a graduate but I do not have any certification in music. Can I apply for the course?
    Yes. Your skills in music will be judged during the audition and interview. Your admission is subject to clearing them.
  •  I have a Sangeet Visharad/Sangeet Praveen degree/graduation from AIR (All India Radio) but I do not have a graduate degree from any university. Can I apply for the programme?

Pt. Abhijit Banerjee | Professor, School of Kalayoga

Sri. Atul Kamble | Assistant Professor, School of Kalayoga


Vidushi Manjusha Patil | Professor, School of Kalayoga

Swapnil Chaphekar | Assistant Professor, School of Kalayoga


Pt. Rupak Kulkarni | Professor, School of Kalayoga

Sri. Jayateerth Kulkarni | Assistant Professor, School of Kalayoga

  1. Dr. Anaya Thatte, Expert
  2. Dr. Chaitanya Kunte, Expert
  3. Dr. K. Jayakrishnan, Expert
  4. Dr. Jayashree Rajagopalan, Expert
  5. Vidushi Manjusha Patil, Professor, School of Kalayoga
  6. Pt. Rupak Kulkarni, Professor, School of Kalayoga
  7. Pt. Abhijit Banerjee, Professor, School of Kalayoga
  8. Smt. Pramodini Rao, Director, Chinmaya Naada Bindu Gurukula
  9. Shri Swapnil Chaphekar, Assistant Professor and Head, School of Kalayoga
  10. Dr. Prabhavathy P. N., Assistant Professor, School of Kalayoga
  11. Shri Atul Kamble, Assistant Professor, School of Kalayoga
  12. Shri Jayateerth Kulkarni, Assistant Professor, School of Kalayoga
  13. Dipin Das, Student Representative
  14. Jaykishan Hingu, Student Representative