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--------------- The S.S Music Centre offers coaching only in Indian music. This includes light music and bhajans.

TRANQUIL MELODIESSituated in Secunderabad, in a crowded residential locality, it draws a good number of students. The institute is run under the able guidance of its director, Mr G. V. Prabhakar.

Care is taken to inculcate a high degree of perfection in the student's performance. For about two years, the fundamentals of music are taught. Instrumental training is imparted after this; the only musical instrument taught here at the moment is the keyboard.

S.S. Music SchoolThe fee structure is quite reasonable: Rs 250 per month for 13 classes. The duration of each class is one hour. Instrumental music is taught only on Saturdays and Sundays and the fee charged is Rs 200 per month.

Address: Plot No 546, 1-1-786/C, 9th Street, Gandhinagar, Secunderabad- 500 020,
Phone: 766 4181,
Contact Person:
G. V. PrabhakarTop


Dance with meThe Government College of Music and Dance, Ramkote, was started in the year 1952. For more than three decades, the college has contributed to the teaching of music and dance.

The college offers a four-year certificate course and a two-year diploma course in 13 disciplines. These include Hindustani vocal, Karnatak vocal, dance forms like Kathak, Bharatnatyam and Kuchipudi. Classes are also held for learning musical instruments like the mridangam, tabla, sitar, veena and violin.

There are 16 lecturers, 10 assistant lecturers and two accompanists to coach the students. The academic year is from July to April, and admissions take place in July every year. Nearly 600 students are admitted.

Public examinations are conducted by the Telugu University, which also awards the certificates and diplomas to successful candidates. The college holds recitals of eminent musicians and hosts three programmes a month with student participation. These programmes provide a platform for the students to expose their talents and helps nurture their performing ability.

At present the college is under the administrative control of the Department of Culture (Andhra Pradesh).

Address: Ramkote, Hyderabad - 500 001,
Phone: 2475 8090Top


The Symphony Academy of Music
,as its name suggests, offers a variety of courses in Indian and Western music. Solomon Chase, a master in guitar and keyboards, runs this school.

The courses vary in duration from a 45-day crash course to a one-year course. Timings are kept flexible to suit the learner's choice. Instruments are provided by the academy. Courses are offered in Jazz drums, Congo drums, key boards, harmonium, tabla, Karnatic violin, vocals and veena. Fees vary from Rs 300 per month for a year's course to Rs 3,675 for a 45-day course.

Address: House No. B 8- F 2/ 3 RT, Andhra Bank Lane, 4th left, Sanjeevareddy Nagar, Hyderabad - 500 016.
10- 2- 257 /1, Road No 11, West Marredpally, Secunderabad - 500 026,
771 9737 / 713 3001 / 370 6913 Top


HAVING A BALLThe Vineeth Music Academy caters to the needs of budding musicians and those yearning to be ace musicians. Ms. Sapna Gupta, a musician herself, runs the institute. She started the institute with the aim of reaching out to music lovers.

The academy offers music lessons in both Hindustani and Western vocal and instrumental music. The learner can opt for either the dholak or the tabla. Lessons are imparted for Western music instruments such as keyboards, piano and kongo wango. These classes are held on alternate days. The student has the option of choosing the batch and the timings according to her/his convenience. The fee is Rs 400 per month.

Address: 5-3-831/7, Goshamahal, Malakunta Road,
Hyderabad -500 012
Phone: 2461 4699
Contact Person: Ms Sapna Gupta

If artists are the gods of their creation, then the art galleries are the temples. There are a number of art galleries in the city, some of which have been set up by the artists themselves. Within the silent and austere interiors one can commune with various forms of artistic expressions, which is not only a treat to the eye, but also to the mind.

Lakshana Art Gallery

From picture frames to the picture - that's how far this art gallery has travelled. Started on 24th April 2000, the Lakshana Art Gallery is the first such venture initiated by the Lakshana Picture Frames, a Chennai based company.
Two decades of close interaction with art, and founders Madhu and Geetha have moved from merely framing the picture to promoting it. Their purpose is to showcase works of contemporary art, to generate discussion on the subject and to use multi-media to generate greater interest.

Since its inception, the gallery has held three exhibitions, showcasing nearly 60 paintings each time, of many upcoming artists. And they plan to take it further with two to three shows every month!

The cherry on the icing is the most ambitious of their dreams of bringing art back to the mainstream, despite the threat of competion from the other more popular mass media.
Timings: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Address: 5-9-77, Chapel Road, Abids, Hyderabad-500 001
Phone: 2329 8364
Contact Person: H. Madhu

Surya Gallery
In an era, where artistic expression is stifled by commercialism, the Surya Gallery provides a new lease of life to a number of artists. Surya Gallery The gallery was set up by renowned artist Surya Prakash in 1993, for precisely this purpose, to escape the "trappings of a commercial gallery". This was reflected right in its very first show, when it displayed the works of Manu Parekh, Sunil Das and others who were then unknown to Hyderabad.

Today it houses the contemporary works of artists from all over India. At the same time, one can find the works of Hyderabad's very own Surya Prakash, Vaikuntam, and DLN Reddy. The gallery holds both one-man shows as well as group shows of artists. These collections exhibit styles diverse, both in form and content.

To increase art consciousness Surya Gallery plans to organise Art Workshops and Slide shows. Seven years since its inception, this unpretentious gallery has made an invaluable contribuSurya Gallery Art on displaytion to the art and culture of this city.

Timings: 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Address: 8-3-952/10/9, Panjagutta, Off Srinagar Colony Road, Hyderabad - 500 016
Phone: 2317 049
Contact Person: Ms Kiran


Minaaz Art Gallery

If you're looking for the works of young and deligent artists, the Minaaz Art Gallery is the place to look for them. Started five years ago by artist Shahnaz Armi, this gallery displays the works of over 30 artists and sculptors. The displays are revamped every fortnight as new collections are brought in.
Located in the basement of the Banjara Petals, the gallery is spread over 2000 square feet. The displays include a range of styles from the colourful depiction of the Telangana women by renowned artist T. Vaikuntam, to more experimental styles of artist Fawad Tamkanat, and the abstract thoughtful collection by L.N.V. Srinivas.
Apart from selling art, Ms Armi also hopes to create awareness and generate interest in these artistic works. This, she hopes to achieve by regularly hosting individual and group shows.

The Deccan Chronicle best sums up the work of this gallery: ' Minaaz Art Gallery with good lighting and ambience seems to come closer to professional handling with every passing exhibition.' Timings: 4 p.m - 7 p.m.

Address: 100 Banjara Petals, Road No. 5, Banjara Hills,
Hyderabad- 500 034
Phone: 2354 8169 / 2335 7129.
Contact Person: Ms. Shahnaz Armi
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