DECEMBER 18-19, 2020


Link to Pt-ji’s webpage

Applications must be done through CEP using ERP. Participation certificates will be provided to registered attendees.


Pt. Ajoy Chakrabarty has refused to accept any honorarium for this workshop. This workshop is his voluntary contribution to the cause of this Academy.

However, a nominal registration fee is being charged to pay for the incidental costs, such as recording fees, certificate printing, CEP charges, etc. Payment can be made through CEP using ERP.

  • Day 1 only: INR 200
  • Day 1 and Day 2: INR 300

Registration is compulsory for attending the workshop. For any queries, please write to the contact below.


The Academy of Classical and Folk Arts, IIT Kharagpur gratefully acknowledges the grnerous contribution of IIT Kharagpur alumnus, Mr. Mukund Padmanabhan, through Guru Krupa Foundation, USA without which this online workshop would not have been possible.

Dr. Arnab Hazra
Email: office@acfa.iitkgp.ac.in
Phone: +91-9143226446

The online workshop will be conducted by Padma Bhushan Pt. Ajoy Chakrabarty

The development of creative traits in an individual is of fundamental importance for excellence in science and technology. A wonderful way to develop the inner skills of concentration, confidence, innovation and collaboration is to learn music and fine arts – in the Indian way. Composing music is regarded as one of the most creative tasks, but little is known about the scientific principles behind creating music in various genres of Indian music, such as thumris, ghazals, film and folk music. Most of Indian music has its roots in Indian ragas, but the approach for scoring music in each these forms are very varied and largely dependent on the creative ingenuity of the composer. This online workshop explores a structured approach towards the composition of various genres of Indian music, establishing explainable relations between the compositions and their common root – the Indian ragas. The workshop intends to elucidate the fact that popular music in Indian genres is not far removed from raga music – instead, imbibing the knowledge of ragas combined with the understanding of these principles, enables even a less experienced student of music to develop original compositions which are melodious, uplifting and aesthetically rich. The overarching vision of this workshop is to demonstrate that learning music can be used as an enabler to develop the core strengths towards a fulfilling career in science and technology.

This is a great opportunity to learn from the legendary artist whose virtuosity extends to all genres of music.

Workshop Schedule

DAY-1 is compulsory for all registered attendees. DAY-2 will cover advanced and optional topics.
  • DAY-1: DECEMBER 18, 2020
  • SESSION - 1 | 2:00 - 4:30 pm
  • Introduction: Why this Academy, and how it helps
    • Nature as the guiding source of creativity: Repetition is never found in nature. The word creation is understood only by human being as he is the highest form of creation in nature. Human nature always insists to create something new.
    • How to connect your imagination and activity through research on Indian Raaga music.
    • Darkness as the source of imagination and imagination as the source of creativity. Raaga Music as the highest form of musical imagination.
    • Creating Music: The importance of Saa in melody and Sam in Taal, the Rythm as Mother, in creating and understanding Indian music (with examples)
    • Touch and more particularly Mother’s touch communicates very special feelings and emotions. The role of connectivity through touch notes as the main source of Indian Raga Music.
    • Folk music behind the creation of Raga Music with examples.
  • INTER SESSION BREAK | 17:30 – 18:30
  • SESSION - 2 | 6:00 - 8:30 pm
  • How music can help the students of science and technology in developing their inner vision
    • Concentration development
    • Mental peace development through music meditation
    • Development of imagination
    • Development of mental reflex
    • Development of basic health though breathing exercises
    • Development of basic human qualities and values
    • Some practical demonstrations involving all the participants
  • DAY-2: DECEMBER 19, 2020
  • SESSION-3 | 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
  • Advanced approach towards music making through details of touch
    • Designing and painting on air through music
    • How to develop different genres of Indian Music like Khayal, Thumri, Bhajan, Film songs, Raga Based Bengali Songs, Popular songs etc. through the learning of Raga Music
    • Difference between Western Composer and Indian Composer
    • Understanding of lyric and its connection with melody
    • Understanding of time and its use in unique cyclic Taal system of Indian Music