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Indian Classical Music and Dance Academies in the Greater Toronto area (GTA)Canada

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Classical Indian dance and music of different genera -- South Indian, North Indian, classical, Hindustani, Carnatic-- are taught in schools and academies in Canada. In this page of the Art & Culture section of you will find extensive listings of academies, dance, music and other schools offering training in Carnatic, Hindustani, Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi, Kathak, filmi fusion, bhangra, bhajans, devotional songs & semi-classical songs and several other forms.

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  • Tabla player, capable of playing Dholak, Dhol and Duf when required.
  • Keyboard player capable of playing multiple keyboards, well versed in North Indian Music and Midi samplings. For more information contact - 647-241-8256
  • Gunaseelan Dance Company - Toronto based main stream Indian dance company. Artistic Director Deva Sigamani Gunaseelan, an excellent product of Kalakshetra, further enhanced his thirst for dance under the tutelage of 'Periaya' Sarada teacher. A renowned choreographer and dancer in Kalakshetra style, he has used this dance to reach out to the community through thought-provoking full length seasonal shows.
    Contact -Deva Sigamani Gunaseelan, Email: or Phone 416-944-2392

    Desi Audio (Home base Studio)
    provides a number of services from Original Composition to Remixing, Beat Production, Mixing, Recording, Mastering and Licensing. Desi Audio specializes in a number of musical styles ranging from Ghazal, Geet, Folk, Bangra, Hip hop and Pop. We also record your songs with the pre-recorded (Karaoke) music tracks. Desi audio uses high-end digital equipment and multi-track software that will give a boost to your voice quality.
    Contact Maani 416-735-9432 - 2889 or E-mail:

    21, River Street, Studio 4, Toronto, ONT M5A3P1
    Contact: Hari Krishnan, Ph: (416) - 304-1690 or Email:

    Janak Khendry Dance Company
    436 Dufferin Street, Toronto, Ontario M6K 2A3; Ph: (416) - 530 - 2889 or E-mail:

    M-DO/School of Kathak Dance Toronto
    Joanna de Souza has been studying Kathak dance under Pandit Chitresh Das since 1978. She studied in the guru-shisha-param-para tradition, and has been given a deep knowledge of Kathak, through this one-on-one relationship. A full time dancer, teacher, and choreographer, Joanna teaches from beginner to professional levels, on a year-round basis. With dedication to see Kathak continue to flourish in Canada, she teaches all classes, including those for children. As an informed, non-South Asian kathak dancer, Joanna brings her unique perspective to all classes, choreographies and performances.
    Toronto, Ontario M6K 2A3; Ph: 416-504-7082 or E-mail:

    Menaka Thakkar Dance Company
    Canada’s oldest Indian dance company
    293 Maplehurst Avenue, Toronto, ON M2N 3C5
    Contact Phone: 905-763-6083

    Raga Music School for Sitar
    Neeraj Prem : A musician with the capacity to mesmerize and mirror the intricacies of your soul, Neeraj Prem is a rare musical entity. He is a virtuoso sitarist and leader in the modern movement of Indian music as a sought after performer and teacher. Offers Sitar, Tabla , Vocal Concerts and Lessons in Canada and the U.S.Situated in Toronto and Niagara region. Specializes in Indian Classical and Folk Music.
    Contact E-Mail: or Phone: Toronto - (416) 895-3624, Hamilton - (905) 529-7865

    Sanskriti Dance and Yoga Center
    Contact: Puja Amin. Toronto, Canada.
    Tel.: 647 444 7151 or Email:

    Samarpana Dance Academy - To spread the rich culture of India through dance, Deva Gunaseelan, expanded his teaching career from India to Toronto, Ontario in Canada. Having done his dance graduation from the prestigious Kalakshetra Foundations and continuing his jest for dance later with Pradakshina School of Dance, his has two masters in dance and music. He imparts and shares his knowledge with passion. Samarpana Academy invites all ages and cultures to explore India's one of the finest art forms. Deva also teaches yoga. Contact - Deva Sigamani Gunaseelan, Email: or Phone: 416-944-2392

    Sitar School of Toronto
    An Indian Classical Music School. Classes conducted by Ustad Shahid Parvez(co founder),,one of the best sitar players in the world today. Regular sitar lessons are held at- Toronto,Brampton,Mississauga,Hamilton and Ottawa. Contact: (416) 284- 7171 or

    Toronto Tabla Ensemble - The Toronto Tabla Ensemble is the professional performance group of our institution. Offers weekly tabla lessons in traditional tabla, which include playing techniques, compositional work, theory, history, and cultural context.
    Teaching location: The Bickford Centre, 777 Bloor St. W Toronto Ontario. Phone: 416-504-7082 or Email

    Tasa MUSIC - Ravi Naimpally
    Phone: 416.534.8754
    6 Dewson Street, Toronto, ON M6H 1H3

    Brampton Indian Art and culture

    The Tabla House A School dedicated to teaching Traditional Indian classical music and Tabla. Tabla House is striving to be one of the best schools in Brampton- Mississauga area for Indian Classical Tabla. Amar Seepersad (Teacher) has studied Tabla (Lucknow Gharana) with Ritesh Das And Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri for 10 years. He was a co-founding member of the Toronto Tabla Ensemble and can be heard on CD's. Contact Amar at Phone : 416-917-9425.

    Ganga Ganesh
    Experienced carnatic vocal singing taught at Brampton, Ontario" Kindly contact for more information.
    Contact: 17 Dolly varden Drive, Brampton,ON,L6R 3K3 ; Email:

    Goonjan Musical Group
    16-Smithers Cres, Brampton Ontario L6Y 3L2. Kirit Mistry. Phone: 905-456-0512; Email:

    La Bhangra Dance Studio
    East Indian Punjabi Dance Lessions
    Address: 500 Ray Lawson Blvd, Brampton, Ontario. Contact: Saroj Puri Phone: 905-452-1308

    A comprehensive Academy for learning Indian dance and Music that offers professional lessons by trained teachers in Indian classical dances including Kathak and Bharatanatyam as well as Bollywood, Bhangra, and Contemporary styles, Instruments like Harmonium, Tabla, Sitar, Bansuri, Violin, Bollywood Guitar, and Indian Classical singing as well as Bollywood Karaoke singing. We also do Bollywood Dance and Classical Music performances for special events.
    Contact email: or Phone: (416) 457-3528 or Address: 5 Brisdale Dr Unit 204, Brampton ON L7A 0S9.

    Saaz-O-Aawaaz Academy of Indian Music
    (Headed by Guruji Shri Dev Bansraj)
    43 Rageland Raod, Brampton, Ontario. Phone: 905-789-4949

    Swar Gunjan Music Academy
    Indian classical and light vocal,Music composor and director. Mr. Pramesh Nandi
    39 Herdwick Street, Brampton, ON L6S 6L6
    Phone: 647 309 3939 or Email:

    Swar Vihar Ltd
    Academy of Music
    70 Delta Park Blvd, Unit # 10, Brampton L6T 5E9
    Contact Tel: 647 283 5848 or Email:

    Swar Sadhana
    Swar Sadhana is a registered professional School of Indian music and dance. Provide 5 years of progressive curriculum for Vocal, Harmonium, Keyboard, Sitar, Flute, Violin, Bharatnatyam dance and now Bollywood dancing too. The founder Mr. Bhavsar (Owner/Teacher) along with other highly experience teachers are motivated in building quality music and dance culture within our community for couple of generations. Contact Neha Bhavsar at (905) 794-4013 or email:

    Indian Dance and Music Schook, Etobicoke

    Bansri Musical Group
    Performs Live shows, Dandia Raas , Marraige Function, Bhanjans, and Non Stop DJ performance. Performed more than 123 live shows in North America. Address: 21 59 Lexington Ave, Etobicoke Ontario M9V 2G9. Contact: Swati and Isha Gandhi; Phone: 416-747-5023;416-830-0569 or Email:

    Nritya Kala Mandir
    Dance school promoting Indian Classical BharataNatyam, Folk Dances, and Bollywood Dances in GTA since 2001. Nritya Kala Mandir was founded by Mrs. Kanan Bhatt.Kanan Bhatt holds Bharatanatyam Alankar (a post graduate degree) from Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, Ahmedabad and Nritya Kovida from Nalanda Dance Research Centre, Mumbai. Since December 2001, Kanan Bhatt lives in East Toronto, activiely training young students in the classical and fold dance styles of Inida. At present, there are over 50 students learning Bharatanatyam dance from her. Contact Telephone (416) 431 8847 / 647 878 9009. Nritya Kala Mandir has two centers in GTA for providing training.
    Scarborough Centre: 95, Mountland Drive Scarborough, ON M1G2P2
    Etobicoke Centre: Sringeri Community Centre, 80-84 Brydon Drive, Etobicoke, ON M9W 4N2

    Vala's Academy of Indian Music
    Here your training includes quality learning of Indian Classical and light classical Vocal and Instruments playing such as Harmonium, Keyboard and Tabla. We have the best musicians who teaches the instruments playing and Vocal is taught by Sonal Vala who is a very well known playback singer of Indian movies, All India Radio artist and she is a very well trained classical vocalist.
    Address: 5 Rowntree Rd., Suite # 1611, Etobicoke, Ontario M9V 5G9
    You can reach us @ 416-740-3282 / 647-501-3282 or

    South Asian Art and Culture Academy, Mississauga

    Akhil Music Academy
    Hindustani music and dance examination Centre affiliated to Akhil Bharatiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya Mandal. Contact : Rasika. Location-726 Galloway Crescent, Mississauga, ON L5C 3W1. Contact:Tel: 905-896-3673 or

    Anuradha Jaganathan
    (Bharatnatyam)- Internationally renowned performer and teacher. Student of Vazhuvoor Ramiah Pillai, Swamimalai S K Rajaratnam Pillai and Smt. Kalanidhi Narayanan. Address : Unit 16, 180 Mississauga, Valley Blvd, Ontario L5A 3M2; Email: or Phone: 905-275-6318

    Anjalee Fine Arts
    Teaching vocal - karnatic music, veena, violin, bharathanatyam, keyboard (organ). Address: Street: 3315, Fieldgate Drive, suite#1112, Mississauga, Ontario.

    Bharatha Natye Kala Mandhir -Jovani Ratnarajah
    Address: 3352, Fenwick Crescent, Mississauga, Ontario L5L 5M9; Email: or Phone: (905) 569 8276

    danceShala - Kathak, Bharatanatyam, Bollywood, Bhangra, Salsa, Indian Classical Vocal, Bollywood Karaoke Singing, Tabla, Sitar, Bansuri, Violin, Voice Training, Carnatic Music
    A comprehensive centre for learning Indian dance and Music that offers lessons in Indian classical dances including Kathak and Bharatanatyam as well as Bollywood, Bhangra, and Salsa styles, Instruments like Tabla, Sitar, Bansuri, Violin etc, and Indian Classical singing as well as Bollywood Karaoke singing. We also have a specialised course in voice training that teaches techniques in voice modulation, breath control, pitch control and octave training. Our teachers are highly talented professionals who have years of experience in their own respective fields. We also do performances for special events. .Contact mail: or Phone: (416) 457-3528. or Address - Janpath Plaza, 808 Britannia Road West Unit 205, Mississauga, ON, L5V 0A7

    Guitar Lessons in Mississauga
    Learn singalong guitaring for famous Bollywood songs and Classic Rock Ballads of 70s, 80s and 90s and impress your friends and family at your next get-together or camping trip! Call 647-241-8256 ,. Email:

    Kalpana Bharat music school
    With Over 30 years of expereince performing and teaching all over North America Kalpana and Bharat Parmar, teach Vocal, Tabla and Harmonium/Keyboard, teach all over the GTA .Also perform live stage shows which include Bhajans, Film, Ghazals, Raas-Garba, Classical and weddings. They have released over 14 professional CDS, which help train the students to perform well in live concerts conducted throughout the year.Contact or Phone: (905) 554-0258.

    Naadham School for Performing Arts
    Artistic Director : Uma Vasudevan. Over past 25 years Uma and Vasudevan are internationally acclaimed performers and choreographers. They teach Bharatanatyam, Carnatic music and Mridangam in Mississauga and Toronto.
    4619 Wainscot Drive, Mississauga, Ontario L5V 1C3 . Contact Phone number :416 619 7691 or

    Kothai Segar
    Specializes in Karnatic music, Veena, Violin, Bharathanatyam, Piano(Royal Conservatory of Music -Canada),organization: Anjalee Fine Arts. Address: 4413,Guildwood Way, Mississauga, ON. Email:

    Pandit Jasraj Institute Toronto - Pandit Jasraj Institute of Music Toronto is the premier institute to offer instruction in Indian Classical Vocal in the Mewati Gharana made famous by the living legend, Pandit Jasraj. The classes are taught by Amit Arya, official disciple of Pandit Jasraj. Amit is an acclaimed classical vocalist who has performed throughout Canada, USA and India. He has been teaching for over 10 years. For more information, please contact 647-853-4482 or Email

    Rasika Jog - Specializes in Harmonium and Hindustani Vocal classical music.
    Address: 726 Galloway Crescent,Mississauga, ON L5C 3W1 E-mail: or Phone: 905-896-3673

    Radha Academy of Carnatic Violin
    Artistic Director Subhadra Vijaykumar, Mississauga, Ontario . Contact Ph: 905 274 2631 or

    Sai Sruthi School of Music (Radhika Anand)
    Teaching Carnatic vocal music ( South Indian Classical Music) for all levels - Experience as a teacher and a performer over 15 years- A senior disciple of Smt. Charumathi Ramachandran & A-grade Artiste of All India Radio.
    Address : 5676, Dawlish cres, Mississauga. Contact e-mail:

    Samarpana Dance Academy 
    Indian Classical Dance - Bharatanatyam in World-renowned Kalakshetra Style 
    Founder & Artistic Director: Deva Gunaseelan
    All are welcome! Beginners, intermediate or advance levels & for Arangetram 
    Dance Studio Address-26 Stavebank Road Mississauga, ON L5G 2T5. Call or email: (416) 944-2392 / 

    Sri Sanskriti Dance Academy - Specializing in the art of Bharatanatyam. Artistic Director: Prabha Raghavan
    5567 Wheatland Court, Mississauga, ON L5V 2E4. Phone : 905-542-7497; Email:

    Sampradaya Dance Academy
    A dance training institution recognized for excellence in Bharatnatyam.Email: info@sampradaya- or  Ph:905-608-2475;  Location:1946, Lapad Court, Mississauga, ON L5L 5R1

    TaalAcademy Of Kathak Dance - Shilpa has been learning Kathak Dance since age 6 yrs under the guidance of Guru GopKrishnaji and RamaDidi(Pandit Lachu Maharaji's wife).She completed her Kathak Visharad (Bachelors)from Akhil Bharatiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya,Mumbai and is currently preparing herself for Kathak Alankar(Master's) under the guidance of Mrs Shambhavi Vaze. For the last 6 yrs Shilpa has been running Kathak Dance school under the name Taal Academy of Kathak Dance in Mississauga,Canada and is training her students to prepare and appear for Gandharva Maha Vidyalaya Examinations. She is also a BioMedical Engineer by profession. Name: Shilpa. Save
    Address: 518 Steddick Crt,Mississauga,ON L5R3T1,Canada
    Telephone: Resi (905) 712-4734, Business 647-299-4386 Contact E-mail:

    Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan Music Academy
    1454 Dundas street east suite 120 mississuaga ON - L4X1L5. Contact 647 638 5742 or
    Learn Indian classical and light classical vocal music like thoery khyaal thumeri dadra geet ghuzal film songs bhajans and folk vocal music and playing harmonium by well known singer NAQI ALI KHAN grandson of ustad bade ghulam ali khan. also available for live stage shows of geet ghuzals khyaal thumeri dadar etc.

    Universal Academy for Musicians
    Learn Indian Classical Music, Sitar, Vocals etc. Lessons, Sales, Rentals. All ages, All instruments. 5236 Alicante Street, Mississauga, Ontario, L5V 1S9, Canada. Contact or Telephone & Fax: (905)-542 2098.

    North Indian (Hindustani) Classical & Light music (Vocal) lessons are available by ex-All India Radio artist (Sugam Sangeet) formally trained from Akhil Bharatiya Gandharava Mahavidyalaya Mandal (Visharad degree).
    3650 Kaneff Crescent, PH-02, Mississauga, ON, L5A 4A1 or Tel. : 905-277-1590; Cell : 647-283-8256


    Sargam Dance Classes
    73 Empringham Cres, Markham,Ontario, L3R 3E9
    Contact: Eknath Desai,
    Ph: (905) - 477 - 2511 or Email:

    Indian Dance School, North York

    14, Inca Road, North York, Ontario M2H2J5
    Contact : Geetha Yogendrean
    Ph: (416) - 498-1491

    Abhyankar Music Academy - Rachana Deshpane: "I am a certified Indian classical singer rendering Private Coaching classes in Indian Classical vocal (Hindustani Music ? Banaras Gharana), Bada Khayal, Chota Khayal, Light Music like BHAKTI SANGEET, SUGAM SANGEET,GHAZALS, BOLLYWOOD SONGS and VOICE TRAINING. I also prepare individuals for Vocal exams and also train them to achieve bachelor?s degree from University of Banaras.I teach with dedication and apply a unique way of teaching for all levels of students right from ages 5 and above."
    Contact phone: 416-792-2020 or email:

    Indian Music Academy, Oakville

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    Richmond Hill

    Panwar Music and Dance Academy
    Panwar music and dance Academy serving at three locations Brampton, Richmond Hill, Scarborough teaching Kathak dance, Vocal, Harmonium, Tabla and Hindi Language. Main Location - Richmond Hill.
    Contact Artistic Directors Hemant and Vaishali Panwar at 905-237-9097 or 416-992-9815 or E mail /

    Varnanjali Natyalaya
    Located in Ajax, Varnanjali Natyalaya promotes all kinds of talent, be it youth or senior. We are specialised in the ancient Pandanallur style of Bharathanatyam with a touch of Kalakshetra style.
    Contact Ph: 647 858 7087 or E mail


    Ishwarbhai Parekh
    Field: Hindustani Classical Vocal Music, Scaborough
    Address: 475, brimorton drive, Scarborough, Ontario, M1h 2E7
    Phone: 416-289-3529 or Email:

    Tarana Dance Centre - Deviekha Chetram, Artistic Director
    589 Middlefield Road, Unit 24
    Scarborough, ON M1V 4Y6
    Phone: (416) 299-6993

    Tej Singh
    Teaching Tabla mainly Delhi & Ajrara Gharana. Desciple of Ustad Bashir Khan.currently teaching @ House of Raga, Scaborough
    Address: 223 Ingleton Blvd,Scarborough, Ontario, M1V 2A1
    Phone: 416 938 9327/ 416 499 6122 or Email:

    Vahini Nirthiyalaya - Surekha Radhakrishnan
    4, Croach Crescent, Scarborough, Ontario M1S4J1
    Contact:Surekha Radhakrishnan Ph: (416) - 291-2040 or Email:

    Aditya Verma -A charismatic young sarod player based in Canada and India, Aditya has won the admiration of audiences across North America, Europe and India.

    Anjali Academy - Indian classical temple dance classes.

    Bharathi Kala Manram - Bharathi Kala Manram is one of the most respected Indian cultural organizations in Canada. It is Toronto's Premier Organization presenting the World's best Indian classical concerts and events.

    Divya Kumar's Bollywood Dance Workshops -Email:

    Devraj Patnaik -A prodigious dancer and percussionist. - Toronto based south asian dance company established in 1999.

    Kiran Ahluwalia "studied classical Indian music from the time she was seven, first in India and then in Canada where she immigrated with her parents."

    Kala Nidhi Fine Arts - Ms. Sudha Thakkar Khandwani is the Founder, Artistic Director and Curator of Kala Nidhi Fine Arts and co-director of Ababeel Arts and the Ababeel Film Society. Her 50-year career in the arts is marked by outstanding contributions to the fields of Indian dance, theatre, acting, choreography, photography and film in Canada and her native India.

    Mandala Arts & Culture - A Vancouver-based company dedicated to presenting and promoting Indian classical dance in Canada.

    Raga Music School for Sitar: Neeraj Prem : A musician with the capacity to mesmerize and mirror the intricacies of your soul, Neeraj Prem is a rare musical entity

    Toronto Gharana - Toronto is home to a number of performing artists, scholars, voluntary organizations, and amateur enthusiasts whose lives are dedicated to performing, teaching, promoting, sponsoring, collecting, studying, and researching North Indian music and dance.

    Saregama.Ca -Canadian based musical group of talented and professional singers and musicians. Phone: (647)299-9432

    Note: Page last updated: September 2016



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