Advanced School Of Carnatic Music


Convocation of the Advanced School of Carnatic Music held on 4th October 2017

This is the fourth convocation since its inception in 2010. Six outgoing students received their certificates from the chief guest Sri C.V. Chandrasekhar.

Dr. Pappu Venugopala Rao convenor of the ASCM welcomed the students and their parents who had come on this special occasion as also the musicians teachers and others present. Sri N. Murali spoke with pride about the heights reached in academic excellence. The Director of the school, Sangeeta Kalanidhi Smt. R. Vedavalli appreciated the enthusiasm and interest of the students but urged them to learn music for its own sake.

Veteran Sri C. V. Chandrasekhar in his convocation address reminisced about his life with his illustrious teachers M. D. Ramanathan and Budalur Krishnamurti Shastri at Kalakshetra and shared some interesting anecdotes.

Among the outgoing students, the following received awards:
First- K. Bhavya hari
Second- H. Ratnaprabha

The current third year for their outstanding performance in the second year:

Current second year for excellence in the first year:
First- Pavithra

The event was coordinated by the Academic Coordinater Dr. Ritha Rajan assisted by Dr. R. S. Jayalakshmi. Some of the faculty were also present at the event and seated on the dais.

Academic Council

  • Sangita Kalanidhi Smt. R. Vedavalli
  • Dr. Ritha Rajan
  • Dr. N. Ramanathan
  • Dr. R.S. Jayalakshmi
  • Dr. Meenakshi (Sumathi) Krishnan (Convenor)

Director:Sangita Kalanidhi Smt. R. Vedavalli

Academic Coordinator:Vidushi Dr. Ritha Rajan

Faculty :

  • Sangita Kalanidhi Trichur V Ramachandran
  • Sangita Kala Acharya Shri. P.S. Narayanaswamy
  • Sangita Kala Acharya Smt. Suguna Varadachari
  • Vidushi Dr. R.S. Jayalakshmi
  • Vidhushi Smt. S. Sowmya
  • Vidvan Neyveli Shri. Santanagopalan
  • Vidushi Smt. Shyamala Venkateshwaran
  • Vidvan Shri. Sriram Parasuram

Admissions open in the month of June every year

Substantial scholarships are awarded to students out of the income from the endowments instituted by M/s L Lakshman and L Ganesh, and the Mala Ramadorai scholarships".

The Advanced School of Carnatic Music, started in August 2010, is housed in a building constructed about twenty five years ago as an appendage to the back of the main auditorium.This building used to house the Teachers College of Music which the Academy was running for over seventy five years and had to be discontinued because it had outlived its utility. In its place came this Advanced school aiming at high standards of excellence. The structures at the rear of the property started to erode the ambience of the school. Class rooms were disturbed by noise from service activities which came to be concentrated in this area over a period of time. Those classrooms which were not air-conditioned and therefore had to work with windows open suffered badly.

A decision was taken last year to upgrade the facility and bring it in line with the other buildings in the complex. The four class rooms in the front block were air-conditioned and sound proofed. External noises were eliminated by providing air-tight UPVC windows and special doors. Ceilings and walls were covered with acoustic panelling to overcome the problem of reverberation and improve sound quality. The floor was finished with a seamless PVC covering for the same reason. Each class room now has ample storage space specially designed for storing veenas, mridangams and violins along the back wall and a small dais and a white board in the front. Lighting was also improved by installing LED lamps in keeping with the academy’s policy of energy efficiency. Two additional rooms in the first floor of the block behind the school, but which are connected by an overhead link were also upgraded. Apart from a small lunch room for students and staff, there is a large room, also designed for good acoustics, which can accommodate an audience of about twenty persons. This gives the academy a wide range of music halls that can be used for different purposes.

This project has been made possible by a generous grant as part of their CSR initiative by Temenos India Private limited towards the enhancement and upgradation of the building and classroom infrastructure of the Advanced School of Carnatic Music.This was completed in July 2016.

The architectural services and oversight for this project were provided pro bono by Shri PT Krishnan , a very fine and renowned architect with a passion for heritage conservation and who has been involved in all the projects relating to the upgradation of the Academy' s infrastructure and facilities during the last ten years.

Admissions open for I year in the Advanced Diploma in Carnatic Music (Vocal).
Duration:3 years with 2 semesters every year, Mid July – November end and Mid January – June end
Classes: Monday thru Friday 0800 am – 12:30 pm

Eligibility :
Applicants should have minimum educational qualification of +2 (successfully completed)
Age: 18 to 35 years
Should be able to sing Varnams and Kritis with knowledge of Manodharma Sangita.
Applicants should send their bio-data giving full details of their musical training.
Shortlisted Applicants will be called for an interview by the Academic Council. Selected candidates will be intimated. The decision of the Academic council will be final and binding.
Number of seats available: 10
Last date for receiving applications: Friday, June 30, 2017
Classes Commence: Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Sangita Kalanidhi Smt. R. Vedavalli – Director,Sangita Kalanidhi Trichur Ramachandran, Prof. Ritha Rajan – Academic Coordinator, Vidhushi. Dr.RS Jayalakshmi – Academic Coordinator, Sangita Kala Acharya Sri PS Narayanaswamy,Sangita Kala Acharya Smt. Suguna Varadhachari,
Vidvan Sri Neyveli Santhanagopalan,Vidhushi.Smt.S. Sowmya, Vidushi Smt. Shyamala Venkateshwaran, Vidvan Sri. Sriram Parsuram.
For further details please contact:
(Old No. 306), New No. 168, T.T.K. Road, Royapettah Chennai 600 014.
Tel: 2811 2231 / 2811 5162 Email: /