The Music Department at The Scindia School believes in music being a universal language. Training in performance and appreciation of music prepares a student in many ways to make his school experience a joyful and productive one. Students are trained in vocal as well as instrumental music. A students’ initiation into music takes place when the new students join the school. The learners perfect the basics of music and then gradually start with composition, performance, theory, history, exploring the Ragas and experimenting on their own. Within a short time, many students are able to play or sing a whole composition perfectly. The Department also trains students for a number of other activities such as – Inter School/IPSC Competitions and Inter House events, festivals (Ganesh Chaturthi, Basant Panchami, Janmashthami, Holi and many more), Independence Day, Republic Day and Martyrs’ Day. Swarn Utsav and Suman Behal Music Competitions are organised by the Music Department and both are named after alumni of the school. On Founder’s Day the School presents a fifty hand Orchestra. The students involve themselves in a host of the other activities ranging from giving background score for the Annual Plays and performing at Astachal. Individual attention is given to each learner. Our musical vocabulary includes tabla, sitar, flute and many more. We make fusion with Brass and Rock Band instruments.
TEACHERS & STAFF
Mr. Raja Banerjee, Master-Incharge
Mr. Raja Banerjee
Master-Incharge , Music Department
Mr Raja Banerjee from the faculty of Music has a rich experience of 27 years with 19 years in The Scindia School and 8 years in other well known schools of the country. Though basically a vocalist Mr Banerjee also has expertise in composing orchestra. The spiritual ambience of the astachal enhances manifold when he or the students trained by him present any of his soulful renditions there. He also helps in the organisation of SPIC MACAY programmes because of which the entire school community gets an opportunity to witness the performances of renowned maestros. He took the initiative to provide international exposure to our boys through cultural exchanges to Canada and Turkey. A simple and honest man Mr Banerjee wishes to see his students evolve into good human beings and work for the betterment of society. His achievements include the title of 'Hubahu Manna De' by 'Aarambh' Gwalior and the Milestone Award for his dedicated service at The Scindia School.
Mr. Navneet Kaushal, Faculty
Mr. Navneet Kaushal
Faculty , Music Department
Mr Navneet Kaushal from the faculty of Music joined The Scindia School in 2006. He has around 20 years of experience in the music industry. Mr Kaushal, who belongs to the Gwalior Gharana, is a double MA and Kovid diploma holder in vocal music. He is a versatile musical genius with an Acharya degree in Sitar and Bhushan degree in tabla. An acclaimed singer with special expertise in ghazal singing he has performed both on the national and international stage. Mr Kaushal is also a B grade artist of the All India Radio. His desire is to generate interest and proficiency in Indian classical music amongst the youth. He has been extending his full fledged help and guidance in the formation of student driven School Bands. Mr Kaushal is determined to work towards the opening of a recording studio in Scindia where all the solo and group performances of the boys, can be recorded.
Mr. Rajendra Sharma, Faculty
Mr. Rajendra Sharma
Faculty , Music Department
Mr Rajendra Sharma is the visiting member of the faculty of Music. He is a Sangeet Visharad from the Chandigarh University. He also has a Prabhakar degree from the Allahabad University and is a Sangeetacharya from Mathura. He has been attached with the Scindia School since 1992. Here he trains the boys in the theoretical and practical aspects of playing tabla and is the much sought after maestro for all the major theatrical and musical performances in school. He also guides students in playing mandolin. As a freelance artist he is attached with the AIR and Doordarshan. Mr Sharma is a regular accompanist in ghazal performances and other musical events in the city. In addition he has also given background score for some audio and video cassettes.
He is also associated with hotel Tansen an MP Tourism venture as a supporting artist for their musical performances.
The Music Department takes pride in sending the students for Cultural Exchange Programmes. The students have represented The Scindia School in the Canada Exchange in 2012. Our Students have represented India in the Turkey Exchange Programme in 2014. Our students are also open to experiment and form Rock Bands, in which they create and explore the bounties of music.