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

  • Education:
    Includes regular training on music and fine arts, periodic workshops and thematic sessions, and micro-credit courses connecting science and heritage.
  • Outreach:
    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.
  • Heritage Preservation:
    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.

Message from Head

Creativity is at the heart of scientific innovation, yet the atmosphere of rigorous competition prevalent in our education system curbs creativity and overemphasizes curricular performance. Unfortunately this is creating a generation which is less confident in thinking out of the box, afraid of taking risks in the pursuit of innovation, and trained to prioritize competition over collaboration. The spirit of creativity, collaboration and collective well-being is ingrained in the teaching-learning of our traditional performing and creative art forms. Exposing the present generation to our heritage is not enough, bringing it into practice in our lives is critical, so that the present generation can develop the faculties of concentration, coordination, confidence and creativity, and translate them into catalysts for scientific excellence.

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  • Deep Structure of Ragas – the 100 Ragas Initiative

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  • Formalizing a Modern Pedagogy of Indian Raga Music

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  • Connecting the Research with Cognitive Influences of Music

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