Global performer shikha ganguly presents

Indian Music Workshop


What is the story behind Sounds of India -  Indian music workshop?

Shikha Ganguly has been a practitioner of Indian Classical music for 40 years under tutelage of Pt. Mani Prasad, a maestro of the famous Kirana Gharana. She has performed & led workshops around the world and was associated with Aurobindo Ashram, Sangeet Bharati & many more reputed organisations as honorary consultant musician. For the last 30 years, She's been running Sur Mandir, a society for art and culture.

While conducting one of the special workshops in a university close to London, she noticed a lot of interest from the students to understand the differences and similarities between Western and Indian classical music. That's when she created this workshop in 2017, that nicely covers this topic along with many other aspects of Indian classical, light and Bollywood music. 

What will you do in the workshop?

There are several instruments native to India and you'll get to know about some of them, including the tabla, sitar and pakhawaj. You're welcome to sing with her and try your hands on the instruments.

She'll talk about differences and similarities between Indian and Western music. She'll then cover aspects of music made popular in Bollywood and Indian folk music – giving you an insight into the diversity you'll find across the country! She'll end with sharing her experiences of performing around the world and what it takes to become a global performer.

Are there any pre-requisites for the workshop?

Nope! Bring a pen, notepad and lots of energy to learn about the mesmerising world of Indian music!

Who should attend this workshop?

Everyone, really but it will be especially beneficial if

  • You want to start learning music and are not sure where exactly to start
  • You would like to try out and know about different aspects of music - classical, light, instruments, bollywood
  • You already have some (or a lot of..) western music knowledge and would like to know how that relates to Indian classical music
  • You just want to try it for fun!

book a workshop

In case you are interested in a 1-1 workshop, please write to us using the Contact Us page. 

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I attended the Sounds of India workshop with an American friend of mine and I’m glad I could accommodate that in my limited time in Delhi. I was particularly interested in how Indian classical music inspires Bollywood. It was also quite cool to try out the different instruments. Shikha has performed in a number of countries around the world and she was full of stories from her performances. Doesn’t happen often that you get to hear what goes behind the scenes for a global performer.
I attended this workshop when she was not even listed on tripadvisor. The workshop was quite personal and informative. I am a theater artist and there was a lot I learnt that my team can use in our productions. The workshop will not make you a professional indian classical music artist but it definitely will give you most of the information and ideas to build upon something big.
I was really pleased with the wealth of knowledge shared and the authentic delivery. Was not really sure what to expect but I’ve come away with some further listening and a new found respect and love for Indian classical music. Thanks so much Shikha and other guests Xi and Seth! Awesome to meet you all!
Shikha was an amazing teacher! She catered the class to our level of music experience and we learned so much! She has excellent hospitality and let us play all of her traditional Indian instruments. This is a MUST for any music lovers visiting India!