Advanced School of Carnatic Music

Academic Council:

Sangita Kalanidhi Smt. R. Vedavalli

Dr. Ritha Rajan

Sangita Kalacharya Suguna Varadachari

Dr. R.S. Jayalakshmi

Dr. Meenakshi (Sumathi) Krishnan (Convenor)

Director: Sangita Kalanidhi Smt. R. Vedavalli

Academic Coordinator: Vidushi Dr. Ritha Rajan


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

Vidhushi Smt. Baby Sreeram

Vidhushi Smt. Sumithra Vasudev

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 First year (2020-2021) 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  class timings will be intimated as they will initially be online. When physical  classes resume  in the academy premises, the timing will be from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


Applicants should have minimum educational qualification of +2 (successfully completed)
Their age should be  between 18 to 30 years 

They should be able to sing Varnams, Kritis and have a reasonable level of Manodharma.

Applicants should send an email of their bio -data giving full details of their musical traiining to  

 marking copies to  and

Shortlisted Applicants will be called for an  online interview selected candidates will be intimated. 

Last date for receiving application 31st July 2020. 


Sangita Kalanidhi Smt. R. Vedavalli – Director

Prof. Ritha Rajan – Associate Director

Sangita Kalanidhi Sri Trichur V. Ramachandran

Sangita Kalanidhi Dr S. Sowmya

Vidushi. Dr.RS Jayalakshmi 

Vidwan Sri Neyveli Santhanagopalan

Vidushi Smt. Shyamala Venkateshwaran,

Vidwan Dr. Sriram Parasuram

Vidushi Dr. Sumithra Vasudev

Vidushi Dr. Baby Sriram 

Vidwan Sri C R Vaidhyanathan

Vidushi Ms.Amritha Murali

For further details please contact:
The Music Academy Madras
(Old No. 306), New No. 168, T.T.K. Road,
Royapettah Chennai 600 014.
Tel: 2811 2231 / 2811 5162