12 AM - 11:59 PM, Jun 19 (2022) (Asia/Calcutta)

Call for Application | Hindustani Music: Towards Research-Oriented Practice

India Foundation for the Arts (IFA)
invites applications for
Hindustani Music: Towards Research-Oriented Practice
A two-day Online Workshop conducted by
Shubha Mudgal and Aneesh Pradhan
on June 24 and 25, 2022

Application Deadline: Sunday, June 19, 2022

Are you a practitioner of Hindustani music, interested in reflecting on your own practice?

Are you keen on engaging with your practice beyond the realm
of conventional performance?

Are you seeking to develop your own expression in relation to your practice?

If so, this call is for you!

Our collective memory suggests that there has been a wide chasm between the practitioners of Hindustani music and those involved in its theory. However, history informs us that practitioners have always theorised. They may or may not have articulated their ideas through texts or the spoken word, but their practice amply demonstrates the evolution of these ideas. Their ideas have emerged out of the personalised instruction given through the guru-shishya format of training or by way of a conscious or subconscious exchange of ideas. But above all, they are the result of the creative impulse displayed by practitioners.

Keeping this historical reality in perspective, this two-day workshop attempts at closing the gap between the practice and theory of Hindustani music, by inviting practitioners to revisit their work and its history, to discuss the larger socio-cultural, political and economic context in which they are making music, and to share their current artistic preoccupations.

The workshop will consist of four sessions spread over two days. These sessions will focus on ways in which practitioners can actively re-examine, analyse and critique their practice and think of ways in which they can bring to the fore research questions and methodologies that open fresh possibilities in their own practice.

About the Facilitators:

Shubha Mudgal is a vocalist, teacher, composer and author.

Aneesh Pradhan is a tabla player, teacher, composer and author.

Workshop Dates: June 24 and 25, 2022

Timings: 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM and 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM IST | on both days

Mode: Online on Zoom

Language: The workshop will be facilitated in English and Hindi

Workshop requirements:

Strong internet connection
Good speakers and microphones
Video to be turned on for all the sessions
Application Deadline: June 19, 2022


You must be a practicing Hindustani musician – vocalist or instrumentalist – in the age group of 25-40 years, preferably with 8 - 10 years of performing/ teaching experience.

Application Guidelines:

This workshop is free and does not have a fee for participation.

However, you will have to apply with:

Your detailed biodata
A statement of interest expressing why you wish to participating in this workshop (not exceeding 300 words)
Your current preoccupations/questions arising from your practice (not exceeding 200 words)
Applications can be sent in Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi, Kannada, Bangla and English.

Since we have a maximum of 30 seats, participants will be chosen based on their application by a jury comprising the facilitators and the IFA team. The jury’s decision on the selections will be final.

Send your applications to Sumana Chandrashekar at sumana@indiaifa.org on or before June 19, 2022 with the subject line: Application for Music Workshop.

Warm regards,
The IFA Team

Supported by
India Foundation for the Arts (IFA)