|Gharana is a traditional style and way of teaching and performing Indian
classical music. This style is many hundreds of years old and has been passed
from master to student, from generation to generation. There are many Gharanas
or styles, one of the most prominent ones being the Benaras Gharana. It is also
called Varanasi Gharana. Over the years, the Benaras Gharana has produced many
outstanding vocal, instrumental and dance performers.Like many traditions, this
method of performing music and the great Indian cultural heritage, in general,
have been threatened due to the lack of dedicated teachers and students.
The Guru (teacher)-Shishya (student) relationship which was the hallmark of
this system is breaking down. If this tradition is not maintained, very soon it
might exist only in textbooks. Pandit Shivnath Mishra and his family have
descended from a highly talented musical lineage of Benaras Gharana going back
several generations. In order to preserve this heritage, so precious to India,
and make it accessible to children, Pt. Mishra and his family decided to create
the Benaras Gharana Baccha ( The Children's Project).
The aim of the
Academy is to:
1. Establish a school for the teaching of Indian Classical music in the
traditional Benaras Gharana style;
2. Provide scholarships to children to assist them in their learning of this
3. Create opportunities for students and young artists to develop their
potential through study and
4. Provide right livelihood for qualified and dedicated teachers.
For this purpose, the Mishra family purchased land in Benares on which to build
a residential music school. The construction of the building took around three
years to be completed and now the Academy is a well-structured place to receive
students from all over the world.
For foreign students, who are committed to studying seriously, the Academy opens
its doors providing them with all facilities needed such as a proper music hall,
nice rooms with or without toilet attached, spacious kitchen, mineral water
filter and dining room, apart from a safe and peaceful atmosphere. Moreover, it
is located five minutes walk from the Ganga River. For further studying
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This is a long-term and ongoing project. Your financial assistance and creative
participation is most welcomed and appreciated.The Academy is registered as a
charitable non-profit society under number V23536-2000.
Donations may be sent to:
Academy of Indian Classical Music
Bank of India,
Varanasi. Main Branch. (U.P. India)
Account No. 26526
Head office address:
D-44/182 Ramapura Varanasi - 221001 (U.P. India)
Tel/Fax : 0091-542-2455672
Academy’s building address:
B. 2/215 - S- Bhadaini Varanasi India.