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M.A. Music (Hindustani Vocal)

Offered by:

1. School of Kalayoga


Hindustani Vocal


Two Years (Four Semesters)

Eligibility :

Candidates should have scored a minimum of 50% in the Bachelor’s degree. There will also be auditions and interviews to determine the selection of the candidates for the programme.

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Contact No: +91 7720829000


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

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 takes responsibility to impart thorough training in the chosen stream to enhance the skills and equip students with theory 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 students with the opportunity of fine tuning 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.

Course Structure

Eligibility Criteria

  • A minimum of 50% of marks or its equivalent CGPA in the bachelor’s degree, in any discipline, from a recognised university.
  • Prior training in Indian vocal music.
  • Preferably should have cleared some formal music exams.
  • The department will conduct auditions to determine the selection of candidates.
  • Aspirants with an undergraduate degree in Music and adequate music skills will be given preference.
  • There is no age limit.

Programme Structure

Core Courses

  • 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 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 gharanas. Perfection in sound production enriches the thinking process and takes the music to a greater level.

  • Taal Sadhana

The 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.

  • 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.

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


  • 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.

Self-Immersion  Courses

  • Yoga
  • Seva

Proficiency Course

  • Learning from Leaders

Highlights and Outcome of the Programme
  • Become a performing artist.
  • Learn from renowned performing artists, reside with them as per the gurukula system and also get a university degree.
  • Develop a solid foundation in music theory and musicology.
  • Introduction to research aspects in music.
  • Performing opportunities while doing the course, on and off campus.
  • Exposure to the broader world of music through Electives.
  • Experience deep-rooted gurukula pedagogy while connecting with a modern university structure.
  • Develop teaching skills.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
  • What is the duration and intensity of this programme?

The M.A. Music programme is a full-time, two-year/four semesters 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 to practice justifies this focus.

  • Who should apply for this programme?

Any graduate 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 part of this programme?

Refer to the ‘Programme Structure’ section above.

  • What is the faculty profile?

Fully qualified and trained faculty handle the core courses. Guest faculty are invited to deliver specialised courses. Besides, renowned performing artists regularly visit the campus.  

  • 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 music skills will be judged in the audition and interview. Your admission is subject to clearing them.

  • I have a Sangeet Visharad/Sangeet Praveen degree/gradation from AIR (All India Radio) but I do not have a graduate degree from any university. Can I apply for the programme?


Faculty Information





Board of Studies
  • Dr. Anaya Thatte, Expert
  • Dr. Chaitanya Kunte, Expert
  • Dr. K. Jayakrishnan, Expert
  • Dr. Jayashree Rajagopalan, Expert
  • Vidushi Manjusha Patil, Professor, School of Kalayoga
  • Pt. Rupak Kulkarni, Professor, School of Kalayoga
  • Pt. Abhijit Banerjee, Professor, School of Kalayoga
  • Smt. Pramodini Rao, Director, Chinmaya Naada Bindu Gurukula
  • Shri Swapnil Chaphekar, Assistant Professor and Head, School of Kalayoga
  • Dr. Prabhavathy P. N., Assistant Professor, School of Kalayoga
  • Shri Atul Kamble, Assistant Professor, School of Kalayoga
  • Shri Jayateerth Kulkarni, Assistant Professor, School of Kalayoga
  • Dipin Das, Student Representative
  • Jaykishan Hingu, Student Representative

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.

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