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Masters of Arts – MA Music (Tabla)

Offered by:

1. School of Kalayoga




2 years (4 semesters)

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.

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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 careers in music for those passionate in 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. 

CVV takes responsibility to impart thorough training in the chosen stream to enhance skills and equip students with theory including music education, research methodology etc. to get them ready for advanced learning and research. Apply now to experience quality education in a gurukula, and earn a valuable university degree. Be the first to expose yourself to an opportunity of fine-tuning the right and left brain.

Chinmaya Naada Bindu Gurukula (CNBG), the Pune Campus of CVV, is located at the foothills of the stately Sahyadri mountain range 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

  • A Bachelor’s degree in any discipline from a recognised university. A minimum of 50% marks or its equivalent CGPA in a Bachelor’s degree is required.
  • Prior training in tabla.
  • 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.

  • Akshara Sadhana

Developing perfection in the sound of every akshara that is played on the tabla is important for doing justice to a composition. Nikaas, which deals with correct hand placement and proper intonation of the sound, is an important aspect of playing the tabla. This 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 practice at the mental level, influencing the physical playing and the aesthetics of dealing with rhythm. This course includes an extensive study of the various taal, their personalities, rhythmical structure and easy flow of improvisation within their structure, without disturbing the basic nuances of the taal.

  • Music Theory

This will give 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 which are required in the field.

  • 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 are stemming from recent ideas originating from the western world. While we have been making progress, there is also a wide-spread 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.

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, Puranas, Darsanas, Smrtis, Upa Vedas and many more. This is typically referred to as Caturdasa-vidyasthanam.

  • Sanskrit


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

  • Yoga
  • Learning from Leaders
  • Seva

  • Become a performing artist.
  • Learn from renowned performing artists, reside with them as per the gurukula system and also get a University degree.
  • A solid foundation in music theory and musicology.
  • An introduction to research aspects in music.
  • Get performing opportunities while doing the course, on and off campus.
  • Get exposure to the broader world of music through the help of electives.
  • Experience deep-rooted gurukula pedagogy while connecting with a modern university structure.
  • Develop teaching skills.

  • 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 up with lots of practice, which helps in shaping up 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 ‘Program 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?





  • Dr. Anaya Thatte, Expert
  • Dr. Chaitanya Kunte, Expert
  • Smt. Usha Tikekar-Deshpande, Expert
  • Smt. Pramodini Rao, Academic and Campus Director, Chinmaya Naada Bindu Gurukula campus
  • Vidushi Manjusha Patil, Professor, School of Kalayoga
  • Shri Swapnil Chaphekar, Assistant Professor and Head, School of Kalayoga
  • Pt. Rupak Kulkarni, Professor, School of Kalayoga
  • Pt. Abhijit Banerjee, Professor, School of Kalayoga
  • Shri Kshitij Saxena, Teaching Assistant, School of Kalayoga
  • Shri Rohit Kulkarni, Teaching Assistant, School of Kalayoga


A student should complete all the core and foundational courses, along with the chosen minor course(s). In the last semester, students will be required to give a public performance as part of the Mega Project.

  • Tuition fee (per semester) – INR 30,000

Boarding and lodging additional.

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