DRISHA MUSIC ACADEMY was established in 2002 in Pune – India by Shrimati Monali Shome. The Academy was running successfully in Pune till 2005 .
In 2005 Mrs Monali Shome moved from India to South Africa and Drisha Music Academy (DMA) changed its base to Johannesburg and have since been instrumental in promoting Indian music in Johannesburg. Monaliji, who holds the qualification of Sangeet Prabhakar in Hindustani Classical Music, has over 140 students ranging from three to seventy years of age.
Students of Drisha Music Academy are taught North Indian classical and light music. The classical syllabus followed is as stipulated by the Hindustani Classical Music Gharana (University of Chandigarh –Pracheen Kala Kendra India) to which the school is affiliated. This year, Drisha Music Academy hosted the registrar of Pracheen Kala Kendra Chandigarh, who conducted both an internationally accredited children’s and an adults’ examination. The examiner was extremely impressed by the growing interest in Indian classical music in South Africa as well as the level of training offered; all students received a first class pass.
The light music component of the syllabus offers students exposure to Bhajan, Ghazal as well as Bollywood styles of singing. Students are given a number of performance opportunities, such as, at DMA’s annual Guru Purnima School Show. The ‘Shaam e Ghazal aur Sufi’ concert offers senior students of the school the chance to perform with esteemed Indian musicians and the opportunity to be mentored by vocal maestro, Baloo Dutta. The Ghazal evening has been so popular in the past that, last year Durban audiences were also treated to this poetic form of Indian music. This year DMA has been invited to travel to Port Elizabeth to perform.
DMA has a regular slot on the performance line up at the Newtown Diwali festival as well as the Incredible India Day Celebration. Two students of the Academy, Seema Nanoo and Bhavesh Patel were chosen as winners of the National Urja Music Competition, which awarded them the opportunity to perform at a show in Durban. Seema was also one of the supporting acts before the Shreya Ghosal concert held at Emperors Palace, Johannesburg.
While Drisha Music Academy preserves the tradition of Indian classical music it embraces the South African spirit of diversity by spreading this intricate art form to students of all race groups. A DMA student, Natalie Blumenthal, competed in several rounds of the Indian reality singing television program, ‘Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Bengal.’
Due to the increasing number of students and several requests from members of the public, new nodes of the Academy were opened in different areas of Johannesburg. For further information please see Contact Us.