About the Academy
The Academy of Classical and Folk Arts, IIT Kharagpur aims to nurture the innovation skills of its unique
talent pool through India's rich milieu of creative arts. It aims to provide a platform for the IIT
Kharagpur community to teach and learn various music and creative art forms, explore the scientific and
cognitive principles of learning art forms, and translate these principles into an unique pedagogy for
learning science and technology. The teaching-learning processes of our traditional arts forms are rooted in
innovation, which enables for example, a sitarist to render a raga in her own way without adherence to any
preset notation. Such abilities, when cultivated over time, develops concentration and confidence, advanced
left-brain right-brain coordination, and superior innovation skills, all of which are recipes for excellence
in scientific creativity.
Objective and Goals of the Academy
Includes regular training on music and fine arts, periodic workshops and thematic sessions, and
micro-credit courses connecting science and heritage.
The outreach activities aim to touch participants all across the world through MOOCS courses and
live classes, with the goal of exposing them to the unique creative liberty and deep scientific
foundations of Indian Classical Music.
The Academy aims to work with experts on digital humanities across the globe with the aim of
preserving unique artifacts of our heritage. In our 100 ragas mission led by Pt. Ajoy Chakrabarty,
we aim to formulate the deep structure of Indian ragas as semi-lexical languages and archive the
deep structure of 100 popular ragas.
Research and Innovation:
The cornerstone of the Academy is research and innovation to reinvigorate the practice of Classical
and Folk Arts through scientific innovations, ranging from manufacturing of instruments to
developing a modern pedagogy of teaching-learning.