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.



Application for 2016-17 academic year is now closed
Application for 2017-18 will open on June 1st.
Placement Audition will be between August 21st and August 23rd, 2017
Registration for 2017-18 will close on August 29th, 2017
First day of class will be on August 29th, 2017. First week will be orientation.
Graduation Day for 2016-17 is on Saturday, May 27th and Sunday, May 28th, 2017 at the Chhandayan Center of Indian Music in New York City