alapana offers the following types of programs in
Vocal Music, Veena, Violin, Mridangam,
Bharatanatyam & Tabla :
The 'Regular' program is a
structured program in Carnatic Music (South Indian Classical Music) as well as
Bharatanatyam (Indian Classical Dance). The 'Regular' students are admitted at 3 different
Standard - There are 3 stages at this level
Intermediate - There are again 3 stages at this level
Advanced - There are also 3 stages at this level
The Regular programs
are offered on fixed time and days of a week. Students sit for an examination every year
and the qualifying students are awarded certificates. Examination is not compulsory. There
are no failures in alapana examinations as the teachers pre-qualify the candidates for the
examination. Regular course follows alapana syllabus. Sruti Manjari is our
prescribed text book in 2 parts. Part1 contains basic lessons, simple
songs and basic theory for beginners. An MP3 CD that has all the
contents of Sruti Manjari Part1 in an audio format is also available.
Students have found this as a very valuable resource. The book,
Sruti Manjari Part2 contains 10 Varnams and 50
The group size of each class falls into one of the following:
Individual / Group of two persons
The 'Flexilearn' (Flexi, in short)
program is intended for frequent travelers, Shift-duty persons and all those who may find
it difficult to attend classes on a fixed day of the week. Those who attend Flexi programs
may also opt for examination. Flexi course also follows alapana syllabus. Flexible classes
are also recommended for those who prefer to go at their pace.
The 'Special' programs are
unique courses, which are different from all the above programs. It is intended for those
who seek specialised knowledge. They can also be customised to the needs of the individual
or the group.
It is a prerequisite to become a member of alapana before
undertaking any program at alapana.
The minimum age for all the alapana regular programs is 5 (completed).
'abc' (alapana balak
culture) is an exceptional programme where children of age 3 to 6 years only are
admitted. 'abc' programs are offered from time to time.
alapana courses are always offered at alapana premises only.
However, colleges/schools may engage the services of alapana teachers for conducting
special course at their premises.
The lessons are for a duration of approximately 50 minutes each.
Theory lessons are also part of the programs.
Classes preparatory to performances are deemed as regular classes.
Public holidays are alapana holidays as well.
Classes cancelled by alapana teachers will be compensated. However
the classes skipped by the students cannot be made up.
The maximum group size is usually 8 persons. However, on weekends
there is no maximum limit to the group size.
Opportunities are provided to students to perform on stage.
All 'Regular' course students are required to pay a deposit
equivalent to one month's fees applicable. Deposit is required for each subject separately
and it needs to be topped up when the fee increases.
Deposits are refundable when the member leaves alapana;
however the refund is subject to the condition that there is no amount in arrears due from
the member. Deposit can be set off adjusted against the notice period/sum.
alapana couses are offered only to its members and their
family. Membership fee is payable annually.
Student admitted to a subject are to pay a student
admission fee which is valid until the student stops attending the class
for that subject.