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Mahadevan launches online music academy

AGENCIES Feb 11, 2011, 11.38am IST
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Composer-singer Shankar Mahadevan has launched an online music academy to bring Indians living in the US a step closer to their roots.

The academy will impart structured education in Indian classical music. It is called Shankar Mahadevan Academy.

Mahadevan has tied up with Clood On, a provider of virtual learning software, for this project to train students of all age groups.

"I noticed that in Indian classical music, the teaching methods are very unstructured. You cannot put it down in points anywhere.

Whereas, if you go to Berklee College of Music or Juilliard School just to learn the trumpet for example, everything is structured," said Mahadevan.

Apart from the theory lessons, Mahadevan has also roped in teachers to take live classes online. "We are replicating two aspects of any form of learning when you go to a college, you have a textbook and you have a teacher standing in front of you.

We have created a textbook OM (Online Music) Book, which can be accessible all the time, plus classes with a teacher are scheduled at a specific time so that you can virtually interact with her," he said.

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