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Tansen Academy of Music,  (TAAN)

The Soul of Hindustani Classical Music

     Tansen Academy of Music, TAAN, The place of a traditional Hindustani Classical Music institution founded in 1999 by Hindustani Classical Vocalist & Shehnai maestro PADMA SHRI Awardee " , " Kalaimamani ",  " Karnataka Kalashri " -  Pandit Dr. S. BALLESH BHAJANTRI and co-founded by his wife Smt. RATNA BALLESH and sons " Surmani " , " Kalaimamani " Dr. KRISHNA BALLESH BHAJANTRI, Guru Shri. " Surmani " Dr. PRAKASH BALLESH BHAJANTRI " and Guru Shri. " Surmani " Dr. SHIVANAND, BALLESH BHAJANTRI . Tansen Academy of Music is promoting Hindustani classical music in India, main branch is located in CHENNAI CITY, Saligramam, and other parts of the City in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, In 2018 and 2019 Guru Dr. S. Ballesh and his sons set up branches in BANGALORE CITY - RT. Nagar and Electronic City, in HYDERABAD CITY - Banjara Hills and in COIMBATORE CITY - Ganapathi Post, The Academy offers a range of part-time and full-time courses in Hindustani Music. Shehnai maestro Pandit Dr. S.Ballesh serves as Head Principal of the Academy and Dr. Krishna Ballesh is the Executive Director. 

Chief Patrons of Tansen Academy :

            The Academy is patronized and blessed by Maestro Ilaiyaraaja, Ustad Nazim Hussain Bismillah Khan, and Oscar Winner A.R Rahman, who enjoys their blessings. The Ballesh father-son duo runs the "Tansen Academy of Music" and the "BK Shehnai Foundation" with the help of Khan’s sons Ustad Nazim Hussain, Ustad Nayyar Hussain, Ustad Zamin Hussain, and Ustad Ali Abbas Khan. ​

        TAAN, Tansen Academy aims to teach Hindustani Classical Music in “Guru-Shishya–Parampara” where Hindustani Vocal and Instrumental Classes are conducted, and currently, more than 1500 promising classical music aspirants are part of the academy. The academy focus on building a disciplined and dedicated community that helps disciples to learn, understand and sing Hindustani classical music.

        A brainchild of Pandit Dr. S.Ballesh and his son child prodigy Dr. Krishna Ballesh – both among the few disciples of Guruji Bharat Ratna Ustad Bismillah Khan - TAAN was founded on the principles of creating a unique niche for Hindustani classical music in South India, strengthening the musical legacy of Ustad Bismillah Khan and to cultivate an appreciation and understanding of Hindustani classical music among students, connoisseurs and laymen alike. 


Tansen Academy is affiliated to :

Prayag Sangit Samithi 
Pracheena Kala Kendra 
Gandharav Sangit Mahavidyalaya

With its foundation staunchly laid on the traditional ‘Guru-Shishya Parampara’ of learning, the academy spread across more than 20 centers in the city offers classes in Shehnai and Hindustani Classical Vocal in the Kirana, Gwalior, Benaras, Patiala, and Rampur Sahaswana gharanas.

Proudly the Tansen Academy is blessed by :

Bharat Ratna Dr. Ustad Bismillah Khan

Padma Vibushan Dr. M. Balamurali Krishna, 
Padma Vibushan Maestro IsaiGnani Shri. Ilaiyaraaja,

Maharastra Maha Pandit Kodhand Salunke Maharaj,

Padmashri Shehnai Chakravarthy Pandit Dr. S. Ballesh Bhajantri,

YashBharathi Ustad Nazim Hussain Bismillah Khan

Padma Bhushan Ustad Rashid Khan,

Padmashri Pandit M. Venkatesh Kumar,
Oscar Winner Shri. A. R. Rahman, Music Composer,

Thenisai Thendral Shri. Deva, Music Composer,

Shri. Apurva Varma, IAS, Addl Chief Secretary to Government, 

Shri. HK. Choudhary, IAS, Director Of Income Tax Exemptions, 

Shri. AK. Choudhary, IAS, Development Commissioner, (MPEZ),

Shri. Anandrao Patil, IAS, Secretary for Governor, Tamilnadu,

Shri. Rajesh Lakhani, IAS, Principal Secretary .etc.,

Shri. Nanda Kumar IRS, Income Tax Commissioner,


Ras Barse Utsav is celebrated in memory of Bharat Ratna Ustad Bismillah Khan Sahab and Shehnai Samrat Pandit Sanna Bharamanna Gawaiji, where India's leading Top musicians will be playing Jugalbandi with Shehnai Maestro Pandit Dr. S. Ballesh Guruji.

Ganayogi Sangeet Utsav is celebrated in memory of Shivayogi Hanagal Kumar Swamiji, Gurudev Ganayogi Panchakshara Gawai and Padmabushan Danayogi Pandit Puttaraja Gawai (Gadag). Where India's leading musicians will be performing in Chennai and Tansen Academy Senior Students will be sharing the stage. 

Ustad Bismillah Khan Shehnai Sangeet Mahotsav is celebrated in memory of Bharat Ratna Ustad Bismillah Khan Sahab.

TAAN Utsav is celebrated as Annual Day of Tansen Academy Students in dedicated to Grandparents Smt. Ellamma and Pandit Sanna Bharamanna Gawaiji

YUVAOTSAV is celebrated for Indian Classical upcoming Musicians of India and invited to perform in Chennai.

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