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 within a specific period of time. Our faculty, teaching these courses, are highly 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 and has efficiently connected people from different parts of the world. However, we use technology only as a way to expand the scopes and possibilities of learning.

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 of tabla, taking a student from the beginner level up to the preliminary level of performing as a soloist and accompanist.

The course is built up in eight years:

  • Beginner 1 : Year 1(30 hours of lessons per year)

  • Beginner 2 : Year 2 (30 hours of lessons per year)

  • Beginner 3 : Year 3 (30 hours of lessons per year)

  • Intermediate 1 : Year 4 (34 hours of lessons per year)

  • Intermediate 2 : Year 5 (34 hours of lessons per year)

  • Intermediate 3 : Year 6 (34 hours of lessons per year)

  • Advanced 1 : Year 7 (36 hours of lessons per year)

  • Advanced 2 : Year 8 (36 hours of lessons per year)

In the choice of materials and teaching methodology, openness, adaptability and appreciation towards all tabla gharanas are maintained.

While covering the theoretical and practical topics of the curriculum, three parallel approaches (Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced) are taken according to students’ maturity in terms of age and accomplishment.

The progress in each level, depends on several common factors, such as aptitude, receptivity, retaining capacity, regularity, diligence and dedication. Physical and mental abilities also play a significant role. In musical excellence, talent is always the most essential element, a gift that cannot be acquired. Talent has to be combined with dedicated hard work.

The classes will be conducted in person, through skype, google hang-out, facetime or similar online options.

The complete curriculum is given at the time of registration.


Calendar for 2019-20 Academic Year

Application is now open. Please submit the application form by July 15th.
Placement audition/interview will be held between July 20th and 31st, 2019.
Registration will be open from August 1st through the 20th, 2019.
First day of class will be on August 29th, 2019. First week will be orientation for new candidates.
The Final Recital will be held on Sunday, May 31st 2020 at the Chhandayan Center of Indian Music, New York City