Certificate Course

Chhandayan offers certificate courses on different disciplines of Indian music and dance. These courses are methodically structured to cover all essential aspects of the subject in a specific period of time. Our faculty, teaching these courses, are extremely qualified and competent. They have the knowledge and wisdom of several years of study and research.
In these courses we maintain a perfect balance between ancient Indian way of learning under a Guru and its modern evolutionary approach. We do not hesitate to use technology, which has become part of modern life, which has so efficiently connected people from different parts of the world. But, we use it in human way, only to expand the scopes and possibilities.

These courses, in their content and pedagogy, are equivalent to degree courses.


This is a comprehensive course for a student of tabla. It is designed to cover most of the essential areas in the study to take a student from beginner up to the preliminary level of performing as a soloist and accompanist.

The course is built up in eight years:

  • Beginner 1 : Year 1
  • Beginner 2 : Year 2
  • Beginner 3 : Year 3
  • Intermediate 1 : Year 4
  • Intermediate 2 : Year 5
  • Intermediate 3 : Year 6
  • Advanced 1 : Year 7
  • Advanced 2 : Year 8

In the choice of materials and teaching methodology there is openness, adaptability and appreciation towards all gharanas practiced in tabla.

While covering the topics, both theoretical and practical, three parallel approaches is taken according to students’ maturity in terms of age and accomplishment.

The progress in each level, will depend on several common factors, such as aptitude, receptivity, retaining capacity, regularity, diligence and dedication. Physical and neurological structures also play a significant role. In musical excellence, talent is always the most essential element, a gift that cannot be acquired.

The complete curriculum will be given on enrollment.

The classes will be conducted through skype/google hang-out of similar online options. In cases where the teacher and the student see possibility of an in-person lesson, such opportunities will not be turned down.


2016 Calendar

Application for 2016-17 academic year is now closed
Placement Audition will be from August 27th through August 28th, 2016
Registration for 2016-17 will close on August 29th, 2016
First day of class will be on August 29th, 2016. First week will be orientation.
Graduation Day is on Saturday, May 27th, 2017 at the Chhandayan Center of Indian Music in New York City


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