--------------- The S.S Music Centre offers
coaching only in Indian music. This includes light music
in Secunderabad, in a crowded residential locality,
it draws a good number of students. The institute is
run under the able guidance of its director, Mr G. V.
Care is taken to inculcate a high degree of perfection
in the student's performance. For about two years, the
fundamentals of music are taught. Instrumental training
is imparted after this; the only musical instrument
taught here at the moment is the keyboard.
fee structure is quite reasonable: Rs 250 per month
for 13 classes. The duration of each class is one hour.
Instrumental music is taught only on Saturdays and Sundays
and the fee charged is Rs 200 per month.
Address: Plot No 546, 1-1-786/C, 9th Street,
Gandhinagar, Secunderabad- 500 020,
Phone: 766 4181,
Contact Person: G. V. Prabhakar
SRI THYAGARAJA GOVERNMENT COLLEGE
OF MUSIC AND DANCE
Government College of Music and Dance, Ramkote,
was started in the year 1952. For more than three decades,
the college has contributed to the teaching of music
The college offers a four-year certificate course and
a two-year diploma course in 13 disciplines. These include Hindustani vocal, Karnatak vocal, dance
forms like Kathak, Bharatnatyam and Kuchipudi. Classes are also held for learning
musical instruments like the mridangam, tabla, sitar,
veena and violin.
There are 16 lecturers, 10 assistant lecturers and two
accompanists to coach the students. The academic year
is from July to April, and admissions take place in
July every year. Nearly 600 students are admitted.
Public examinations are conducted by the Telugu University,
which also awards the certificates and diplomas to successful
candidates. The college holds recitals of eminent musicians
and hosts three programmes a month with student participation.
These programmes provide a platform for the students
to expose their talents and helps nurture their performing
At present the college is under the administrative
control of the Department of Culture (Andhra Pradesh).
Address: Ramkote, Hyderabad - 500 001,
Phone: 2475 8090
ACADEMY OF MUSIC
The Symphony Academy of Music,as its name suggests,
offers a variety of courses in Indian and Western music.
Solomon Chase, a master in guitar and keyboards, runs
The courses vary in duration from a 45-day crash course
to a one-year course. Timings are kept flexible to suit
the learner's choice. Instruments are provided by the
academy. Courses are offered in Jazz drums, Congo drums,
key boards, harmonium, tabla, Karnatic violin,
vocals and veena. Fees vary from Rs 300 per month for
a year's course to Rs 3,675 for a 45-day course.
Address: House No. B 8- F 2/ 3 RT, Andhra Bank
Lane, 4th left, Sanjeevareddy Nagar, Hyderabad - 500
10- 2- 257 /1, Road No 11, West Marredpally, Secunderabad
- 500 026,
Phone: 771 9737 / 713 3001 / 370 6913
VINEETH MUSIC ACADEMY
The Vineeth Music Academy caters to the needs of
budding musicians and those yearning to be ace musicians.
Ms. Sapna Gupta, a musician herself, runs the institute.
She started the institute with the aim of reaching out
to music lovers.
The academy offers music lessons in both Hindustani
and Western vocal and instrumental music. The learner
can opt for either the dholak or the tabla.
Lessons are imparted for Western music instruments such
as keyboards, piano and kongo wango. These classes are
held on alternate days. The student has the option of
choosing the batch and the timings according to her/his
convenience. The fee is Rs 400 per month.
Address: 5-3-831/7, Goshamahal, Malakunta Road,
Hyderabad -500 012
Phone: 2461 4699
Contact Person: Ms Sapna Gupta
If artists are the gods of their creation,
then the art galleries are the temples. There are a
number of art galleries in the city, some of which have
been set up by the artists themselves. Within the silent
and austere interiors one can commune with various forms
of artistic expressions, which is not only a treat to
the eye, but also to the mind.
Lakshana Art Gallery
From picture frames to the picture - that's how
far this art gallery has travelled. Started on 24th
April 2000, the Lakshana Art Gallery is the first
such venture initiated by the Lakshana Picture Frames,
a Chennai based company.
Two decades of close interaction with art, and founders
Madhu and Geetha have moved from merely
framing the picture to promoting it. Their purpose is
to showcase works of contemporary art, to generate discussion
on the subject and to use multi-media to generate greater
Since its inception, the gallery has held three exhibitions,
showcasing nearly 60 paintings each time, of many upcoming
artists. And they plan to take it further with two to
three shows every month!
The cherry on the icing is the most ambitious of their
dreams of bringing art back to the mainstream, despite
the threat of competion from the other more popular
Timings: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Address: 5-9-77, Chapel Road, Abids, Hyderabad-500
Phone: 2329 8364
Contact Person: H. Madhu
To increase art consciousness Surya Gallery plans to organise
Art Workshops and Slide shows. Seven years
since its inception, this unpretentious gallery has made
an invaluable contribution
to the art and culture of this city.
In an era, where artistic expression is stifled by commercialism,
the Surya Gallery provides a new lease of life
to a number of artists. The
gallery was set up by renowned artist Surya Prakash
in 1993, for precisely this purpose, to escape the
"trappings of a commercial gallery". This was reflected
right in its very first show, when it displayed the
works of Manu Parekh, Sunil Das and others who
were then unknown to Hyderabad.
Today it houses the contemporary works of artists from
all over India. At the same time, one can find the works
of Hyderabad's very own Surya Prakash, Vaikuntam,
and DLN Reddy. The gallery holds both one-man
shows as well as group shows of artists. These collections
exhibit styles diverse, both in form and content.
Timings: 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Address: 8-3-952/10/9, Panjagutta, Off Srinagar
Colony Road, Hyderabad - 500 016
Phone: 2317 049
Contact Person: Ms Kiran
If you're looking for the works of young and deligent
artists, the Minaaz Art Gallery is the place to
look for them. Started five years ago by artist Shahnaz
Armi, this gallery displays the works of over 30 artists
and sculptors. The displays are revamped every fortnight
as new collections are brought in.
Located in the basement of the Banjara Petals, the
gallery is spread over 2000 square feet. The displays
include a range of styles from the colourful depiction
of the Telangana women by renowned artist T.
Vaikuntam, to more experimental styles of artist
Fawad Tamkanat, and the abstract thoughtful collection
by L.N.V. Srinivas.
Apart from selling art, Ms Armi also hopes to create awareness
and generate interest in these artistic works. This, she
hopes to achieve by regularly hosting individual and group
The Deccan Chronicle best sums up the work of this gallery:
' Minaaz Art Gallery with good lighting and
ambience et.al seems to come closer to professional handling
with every passing exhibition.' Timings: 4
p.m - 7 p.m.
Address: 100 Banjara Petals, Road No. 5, Banjara
Hyderabad- 500 034
Phone: 2354 8169 / 2335 7129.
Contact Person: Ms. Shahnaz Armi