BANGALORE: Music has the capacity to nourish the souls and enrich people’s lives. Working towards this goal, Taal Institute of Music and Fine Arts started its journey with two students in the year 2009 at its first branch of Banerghatta Road. Presently, there are about 800 students at this institute. Nearly 250 students performed dance and music recently at the JSS auditorium, Jayanagar 8th block on Sunday.
Students, at the event experimented with various genres of music as well as instruments from violin to keyboard. Deputy Commissioner for East Zone, M Chandrashekar was the guest of honour.
The institute is run by Manish Nath Mann and his wife Kajal Nath. Manish Nath Mann has a background in classical music, as he hails from Banaras and is an exponent of Hindustani Classical music.
Kajal Nath said, “This was a long-time dream of my husband and me. We wanted to create a platform for all music lovers, who are interested to learn and pursue a career in it.”
Speaking about the courses offered at the institute, she said, “the institute offers classes for Hindustani and Carnatic vocal and instrumental, Western music on guitar, keyboard, drums, pads and violin. We also offer courses in Western dance like salsa, belly dance, jive, fusion, choreography, fusion, and contemporary. Aerobics, yoga, drawing and painting courses are also taught along with music and dance.”
Taal Institute is registered under secondary board of Karnataka, hence, the students can appear for exams for classical music under the Karnataka board.
For Western and other forms of music and dance, the institute conducts exams privately, as Karnataka board has only classical as its subject.
Commenting on the event, Manish Nath said, “we organise such an event every year so that our students get an opportunity to showcase their talent and what they have learnt in this institute so far.”