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The Department of Music at Triveni Kala Sangam was extablished in the year 1956, and since then it has been one of the prime Music institutions of Delhi, where Hindustani vocal and instrumental music is taught in the following categories:


Light Classical Music

This Northern Indian music style has a rich variety of semi classical & light musical forms like THUMRI (specially related to Radha & Krishna), TAPPA (Tradition derived from the song of camel drivers), Ghazal ( Persian lyrical form), Kajri (which greets the rain) chaiti, folk songs, Bhajan , Shabad and many others.

Padmashri Smt. Shanti Hiranand’s passion for music can be traced to her childhood. Born in a business family, her training started early at the Music College in Lucknow. She gave her first performance on Radio in 1947. Post-partition, her family shifted back to Lucknow and her musical training began in earnest under Ustad Aijaz Hussain Khan of Rampur. Alongside she continued performing on AIR.

In 1957 she met her guru, Begum Akhtar who trained her in the traditional forms of thumri, dadra and ghazal singing. She has chronicled her experiences with her guru in a touching biography titled, ‘Beghum Akhtar- The story of my Ammi’.

A proponent of Hindustani light classical music abroad, she has given concerts and lecture demonstrations all over the world including Toronto, Vancouver, Boston, New York, Milwaukee, Washington, London and Geneva. In 1981, she became the first Indian female artist to perform in Pakistan.

She has two albums to her credit’ Yeh hai Ghazal’ and ‘Expressions of Love.’

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Indian Classical Music (Vocal): Khayal

The historical process of cultural development has given two schools of music since the 13th century- the North Indian (Hindustani) and the South Indian (Carnatic). Hindustani music is performed and understood throughout Northern India and the Northern districts of Karnataka & Andhra. Hindustani vocal music is very wide and includes classical forms like Dhrupad, Dhamar, Khayal, Tap-Khayal, Tappa, Tarana, Trivat, Chaturang etc. to present the Raga Music.

Guru Shailendra Kumar Goswami received his training under his father Pt. Surender Goswami. He attained his formal education in music from Delhi University, where he completed his M.A, M.Phil and PhD in Hindustani vocal music. Guru Shailendra Goswami’s musical forte and skills lie in his rendition of the Khayal Gayaki, the principal vocal style of Hindustani genre.

His deep-toned voice and its intense emotional appeal have made him a noted performer amongst the Hindustani classical musicians, as is evident from his regular performances on AIR and in music festivals. As a musicologist he has written four books on Hindustani music, amongst which one is a book on the compositions of Sadarang and Adarang who were the musicians in the court of Mohammed Shah Rangeele in eighteenth century.

He is a Professor in the Department of Music, University of Delhi and received advanced training in Khayal Gayaki from the renowned maestro Pt. Rajan-Sajan Mishra of the Banaras Gharana.

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Carnatic Music

A widely acclaimed, Carnatic Singer and Composer who also teaches Nattuvangam, Guru Elangovan Govindarajan is the son and disciple of renowned Guru K. J. Govindarajan. Firmly rooted in tradition, he has collaborated and performed with leading musicians and dancers from various artistic traditions of the world. Being equally well-versed in the art of Carnatic music and Nattuvangam , Guru Elangovan has contributed to the sphere of dance with many innovative compositions and choreographies. An empanelled artist of ICCR, he has travelled extensively enthralling audiences worldwide.

His artistic excellence is reflected in being a M.A. Silver Medalist in Indian Classical Vocal Music from Rabindra Bharati University. He has been bestowed with several awards from World Tamil Association, Hayagriva and World Tamil Centre. He has also been conferred the title Isai Mamani which was presented to him by the Mauritius government.

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The word SITAR is derived from the Persian word SEHTAR. It is the most popular, plucked string instrument, predominantly used in Hindustani Classical Music.

Born to a family of devoted musicians, Dr. Madan Shankar Mishra’s musical legacy has bequeathed down six generations of the Madhubani Gharana. His father renowned Pt. Uma Shankar Mishra, who was also instrumental in setting up the Department of Sitar at Triveni Kala Sangam, was the disciple of Pt. Ravi Shankar.

Thus, Dr. Madan Shankar Mishra’s musical style has elements of both the Madhubani Gharana and Maihar Gharana. Under the illustrious guidance of his father, he gained prominence for his keen sense of rhythm and melodious unfolding of musical phrases, patterns and taans.

Along with his father, Dr. Madan Shankar Mishra has participated in numerous Spic Macay concerts in India and has performed for different fund raising programs for educational institutes. He has conducted lectures in Suriname and Latin American countries and was invited by the Mahatma Gandhi Institute in Mauritius as a musical expert to coach their teachers and students from 1981 to 1983. He has been a jury member for the National Conservatoire of Reunion Island and the Sangeet Natak Academy.

An Associate Professor at Delhi University since last thirty years, Dr. Madan Shankar Mishra has been continuing his father’s legacy since 2010.

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Flute (Hindustani Classical)

Flute is known by various names Like Venu, Vamsi, Bansi, Bansuri, Para , Murali, Kolalu, Kolavi, Kuzhal, Pillankuzhal, Pillanagrov and many others. Most often made with bamboo though wood and metal ones are also common.

Pt. Raj Kishore Dalbehera received his guidance under the guru-shishya parampara from Pt. Niranjan Prasad, and later from Pt. Prakash Narayan Saxena. He is a soloist as well as a flute accompanist of Banaras gharana and Gwalior Gharana. He has performed in many prestigious festivals in India and abroad. He conducts monthly programs with his students and in 2007 and 2008 visited Nepal to teach students as part of ICCR Program. He performs regularly on AIR and since 1992 has been teaching flute at Triveni Kala Sangam.

Pt. Raj Kishore Dalbehera has students from the tender age group of seven years to students as old as seventy years. He has maintained a very high standard of dedication.

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TABLA is the most popularly played percussion instrument of north Indian music, consisting of two drums, the bayan or the left drum and the dayan or the right drum.

Ustad Akram Khan hails from the family of Tabla Players called Ajrada Gharana. He is a renowned performer of India. He received his initial training under the guidance of Ustad Niazu Khan and from his great grandfather, Ustad Mohd. Shafi Khan, who was famous for technical style and guidance. In addition he continued his training under the expert guidance of his father (Late) Ustad Hashmat Ali Khan.

He has been participating in prestigious festivals in India and abroad since a very young age. In 1992, Shri R. Venkataraman, the President of India applauded and praised him for his remarkable performance at the President House. Apart from solo, he has accompanied legendry Maestros like Pt. Ravi Shankar, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Pt. Birju Maharaj to name a few.

In 1993, Ustad Akram Khan was appointed visiting Professor at the University of Washington, Seattle. He has been playing for A.I.R and has been honoured as a ‘Top Grade Tabla Player.’ Ustad Akram Khan is a recipient of ‘Gyan Peeth Award.’

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Tabla II

A competent professional, Guru Naveen Kumar is skilled in playing various drum instruments such as the Dholak, Tabla, Pakhavaj, Congo and Bongo. He attained his training in Pakhavaj from the Kathak Kendra in Delhi and has since been propagating Indian music through his teachings amongst the students of both India and overseas

He taught Tabla at the Akhil Bhartiya Gandharva Mahavidhyalaya Mandal College in Delhi, before teaching the Tabla, Dholak and Pakhavaj at Triveni Kala Sangam.

He has been an instructor for summer camps organized by Bal Bhavan in Delhi and worked as a third secretary of the cultural sector, High Commission of India in Malaysia. While in Malaysia he conducted lessons as part of a cultural exchange program organized by the ICCR. He has been a participant in numerous music festivals and has accompanied artists like Smt. Uma Sharma.

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