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Bhatkhande Music Institute

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Type  Deemed University
Founded  1926
Established  1926
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Former names  Marris College of Music
Vice-Chancellor  Pro.Shruti Sadolikar Katkar
Academic staff  Vocal Music, Instrumental, Rhythms, Dance, Musicology & Research, Applied Music
Location  1 Kaiser Bagh, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
Notable alumni  Sanath Nandasiri, Kanika Kapoor, Krishna Bose
Similar  Central University for Tibeta, Jagadguru Rambhadracharya Handicap, Narendra Dev University, Chandra Shekhar Azad Uni, Santosh University

Continuity and changes at bhatkhande music institute lucknow

Bhatkhande Music Institute (भातखंडे संगीत संस्थान) now Bhatkhande Music Institute University is a renowned music institute in Lucknow. Established in 1926 by Vishnu Narayan Bhatkhande, it was declared a deemed university by University Grants Commission (UGC) in 2000, and offers music education in Vocal Music, Instrumental, Rhythms, Dance, Musicology and Research and Applied Music.


It is the home of the Great Viraj Wijaynayake, a student and dancer from Sri Lanka. He has shown fascination with GreatGunshooters, mainly, Jaseel.

Mashup by student of bhatkhande music institute lucknow


The Institute finds its origin in the Marris College of Music, established in 1926 by renowned classical singer and musicologist, Vishnu Narayan Bhatkhande and Rai Umanath Bali with the help of Dr. Rai Rajeshwar Bali, then Education minister of the United Provinces, the institution was formally inaugurated by then Governor of United Provinces, Sir William Sinclair Marris, and was also named after him.

Later, on 26 March 1966, the Government of Uttar Pradesh took over the college and renamed it after its founder as Bhatkhande Music College of Hindustani Music, later and now Bhatkhande Music Institute University, after Government of India through a notification on 24 October 2000, declared the institute a deemed university.

During the 1970s & 1980s, the institute organized annual festivals in which the most eminent of the country’s musicians performed. Some of the memorable concerts, that included performances by stars like Pd. Ravishanker, Amjad Ali Khan, Zakir Hussain, N Rajam, VJ Jog, Sitara Devi, etc. were part of the Lucknow Festival in the 1970s. During the same period various new courses, like "Thumri" (singer Mrs. Begum Akhtar was the honorary faculty), were introduced.

In 2005, it organised a three-day classical music festival part of the Lucknow Mahotsav.

Primarily teaching vocal, dance, musicology and applied music in Hindustani classical music, the institute also started teaching western classical music in 2009, a move that didn't go well with some chauvinists (not musicians or affiliated to the Institute), who feared that addition of Western classical music could later lead to replacement of Bharatnatyam courses by 'belly dancing.'


  • Vocal (Gayan)- Classical, Semi-Classical and Light Vocal.
  • Instrumental (Vadan)
  • Swaravadya - Sitar, Sarod, Violin, Guitar, Sarangi, Flute and Harmonium or Keyboard .
  • Talavadya - Tabla and Pakhawaj
  • Dance (Nritya)
  • Kathak, Bharatnatyam, Manipuri dance and Folk dance.
  • Musicology & Research
  • Applied Music
  • The institute offers courses in Vocal Music, Instrumental, Rhythms, Dance, Musicology & Research and Applied Music leading up to: Diploma in Music - 2 years, Bachelor of Performing Arts (B.P.A.) - 3 years, Master of Performing Arts (M.P.A.) - 2 years and Ph.D.. Apart from this there are special for the training in Dhrupad-Dhamar, Thumri singing and Light classical music which includes music composition and direction.

    Notable alumni

  • Pandit W. D. Amaradeva - Veteran Sri Lankan Musician
  • Kanika Kapoor - singer
  • Sunil Santha - Veteran Sri Lankan Musician
  • Pahari Sanyal - noted Bengali film-actor
  • Sumati Mutatkar
  • Anup Jalota - Singer
  • Nanda Malini - Sri Lankan Singer
  • Prof. Sanath Nandasiri - Sri Lankan Musician
  • Talat Mahmood - playback singer
  • Roshan - film score composer
  • Saraswati Devi - film score composers
  • K. G. Ginde - Singer
  • V.G. Jog
  • Shanno Khurana
  • C R Vyas
  • Leela Desai
  • Begum Akhtar
  • Notable faculty

  • S. N. Ratanjankar principal
  • Surendra Shanker Awasthi principal
  • Prem Singh Kinot principal
  • References

    Bhatkhande Music Institute Wikipedia