Kolkata:With the rising popularity of Indian music across the globe, top Indian percussionist Bickram Ghosh is now planning to open modern ‘Gurukuls’ for learning Indian music and dance forms in Singapore and London. Started last year, the Bickram Ghosh Academy of Performing Arts has three centres in Kolkata at present where over 400 students learn music and dance.
“Indian music is very popular all over the world. There are foreigners who come to India to learn our music. So we are planning to open centres in Singapore and London within a year. London is particularly interesting because it is a melting pot of different cultures,” Ghosh told reporters. The overseas centres are not targeted at the Indian diaspora but foreigners who are awed by Indian musical traditions.
Based on a modernised version of the traditional ‘Guru-shishya parampara’, these ‘Gurukuls’ or centres for learning performing arts would offer training in vocals, Rabindrasangeet, musical instruments like sarod, sitar, tabla and dance forms like Kathak, Odissi, Bharatnatyam, etc.