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Bhatkhande Music Institute Deemed University, formerly Bhatkhande Music Institute, is a music institute in Lucknow. Established in 1926 by Vishnu Narayan Bhatkhande, it was declared a deemed university by University Grants Commission (UGC) in 2000,[1] and offers music education in Vocal Music, Instrumental, Rhythms, Dance, Musicology and Research and Applied Music.[2][3]

Bhatkhande Music Institute Deemed University
Bhatkhande Music Institute Deemed University logo.png
Former names
Marris College of Music
TypeDeemed University
Established1926; 93 years ago (1926)
Vice-ChancellorShruti Sadolikar Katkar
1 Kaiser Bagh, Lucknow
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Coordinates: 26°51′13″N 80°55′59″E / 26.85361°N 80.93306°E / 26.85361; 80.93306
WebsiteOfficial website
Vishnu Narayan Bhatkhande


The Institute finds its origin in the Marris College of Music,[4] established in 1926 by renowned classical singer and musicologist, Vishnu Narayan Bhatkhande and Rai Umanath Bali with the help of Dr. Rai Rajeshwar Bali, then Education minister of the United Provinces, the institution was formally inaugurated by then Governor of United Provinces, Sir William Sinclair Marris,[5] and was also named after him.

Later, on 26 March 1966, the Government of Uttar Pradesh took over the college and renamed it after its founder as Bhatkhande Music College of Hindustani Music, later and now Bhatkhande Music Institute University, after Government of India through a notification on 24 October 2000, declared the institute a deemed university.[6]

During the 1970s & 1980s, the institute organized annual festivals in which the most eminent of the country’s musicians performed. Some of the memorable concerts, that included performances by stars like Pd. Ravishanker, Amjad Ali Khan, Zakir Hussain, N Rajam, VJ Jog, Sitara Devi, etc. were part of the Lucknow Festival in the 1970s. During the same period various new courses, like "Thumri" (singer Mrs. Begum Akhtar was the honorary faculty), were introduced.

In 2005, it organised a three-day classical music festival part of the Lucknow Mahotsav.[7]

Primarily teaching vocal, dance, musicology and applied music in Hindustani classical music, the institute also started teaching western classical music in 2009,[6] a move that didn't go well with some chauvinists (not musicians or affiliated to the Institute), who feared that addition of Western classical music could later lead to replacement of Bharatnatyam courses by 'belly dancing.' [8]


  • Vocal (Gayan)- Classical, Semi-Classical and Light Vocal.
  • Instrumental (Vadan)
    • Swaravadya - Sitar, Sarod, Violin, Guitar, Sarangi, Flute and Harmonium or Keyboard .
    • Talavadya - Tabla and Pakhawaj
  • Dance (Nritya)
  • Musicology & Research
  • Applied Music

The institute offers courses in Vocal Music, Instrumental, Rhythms, Dance, Musicology & Research and Applied Music leading up to: Diploma in Music - 2 years, Bachelor of Performing Arts (B.P.A.) - 3 years, Master of Performing Arts (M.P.A.) - 2 years and Ph.D.. Apart from this there are special for the training in Dhrupad-Dhamar, Thumri singing and Light classical music which includes music composition and direction.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ Bhatkhande Music Institute University Grants Commission
  2. ^ "The prescribed notes!". The Hindu. 3 February 2006.
  3. ^ "Song sung true". The Telegraph. 18 January 2006.
  4. ^ often misspelled as Morris College
  5. ^ Sir William S Marris, K.C.S.I.., K.C.I.E., C.I.E, Governor of U.P. (1922-1928) Archived 30 January 2010 at the Wayback Machine Governor of Uttar Pradesh website.
  6. ^ a b "Bhatkhande University to also teach Western classical music". Sindh Today. 25 August 2009.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "10-day Lucknow Mahotsava begins". Indian Express. 26 November 2005.
  8. ^ Mishra, Manjari (6 October 2009). "Western music strikes a discordant note". The Times of India.
  9. ^ "It's raining ragas". The Hindu. 20 July 2007.
  10. ^ "Kalpana Patowary | OK Listen!". Retrieved 8 December 2017.

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