Classical Indian Music

Indian classical music (sangit) is offered at the Vedic Yoga Centre as a healing method and inner awakening practice. Music is the external sound which helps the mind and senses to turn inwards towards your inner core and become tuned to your inner sound. The practice of using music in this way is called Nada yoga. The haunting sounds of traditional Indian music are made up of a range of instruments including the tabla, harmonium, sitar, flute, dolac and mirdhanga. The addition of vocals through singing, chanting and mantra is the easiest method through which the practitioner can help connect the mind with the inner dimension.

The Vedic Yoga Centre offers the services of a highly trained and well respected teacher, Bansi Baba, who has travelled extensively and trained with some of the most talented and world-famous masters.


Bansi Baba was attracted to music at an early age, even though it was not in his family background. He was a science student in his youth but music was his passion which was his first interest in addition to his other responsibilities.

Bansi Baba started his education in Bihar but always found time to spend with different music masters, attaching himself to these talents whenever they came along. His musical achievements have followed a very interesting course:


He met his first music teacher Mahatma Umapetidas. He studied the flute for 5 years with this master.


He met his next flute master, Sri Champa Dada, and although he played other instruments as well, he focused on the flute. During this time he completed a Bachelor Degree in the flute from the Prayag Conservatorium.


He studied with Bismillah Khan, world famous master and performer (vadak) of the shehenai (Indian instrument).


He started teaching in Bihar.


In 1991 he opened his first music school in Gorakpur, called the Alap Music School where he taught the flute, tabla, and mantra and chanting. During this time he formed an association with Ram Rajan, a famous vocal teacher, who taught him some of the finer points of vocal harmony and Indian classical ragas. In addition to all of these responsibilities he also found time to complete his Masters Degree at Dharbanga Sangit University specialising in the flute but achieving distinctions in several other instruments.


He started teaching guitar to church goers in Gorakpur in the Alap Music School.


He travelled to Haridwar where he stayed in the Shanti Kunj Ashram giving performances and teaching different instruments to spiritual practitioners.


He settled in Rishikesh in the Gita Bhavan with the founding teacher/master During this time he also studied and completed a Yoga Vedanta Course in the Shivananda Ashram (Divine Life Society).


In 2006 he befriended the Vedic Yoga Centre and since that time has continued to teach many different instruments to the yoga practitioners there. He is now dedicated to teaching only at the Vedic Yoga Centre in Laxman Jhula.

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Bansi Baba is a multi-talented Master who is proficient in both playing and teaching the bansuri flute, the tabla, the sitar, the harmonium, the guitar and vocals. The Vedic Yoga Centre is privileged to have the services of such a talented music Master.



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14 day residential or non-residential course for beginners. Bansi Baba offers training in the instrument of your choice - flute, harmonium, tabla, dholak, sitar, guitar or vocals (mantra and chanting).

This course will bring you in touch with music, which is a powerful healing method for balancing the body, mind, energy and emotions, and helping you to attain motivation for deeper practice on both a physical and spiritual level. It is also a powerful tool to attain peace and a meditative state.

Bansi Baba will focus on Indian classical music, teaching basic ragas (melodies) and specialising in chanting and mantra.

Total cost for the 14 days of tuition is US$350. For accommodation rates at the Centre, click here

To register complete the application form


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If you wish to study over a longer period of time, you can dive deeper into the study of your selected instrument with a 1, 2 3 or 6 months course. You can even continue on an ongoing basis if you have enjoyed your course. Bansi Baba will offer you a curriculum in theory, practice and demonstration. He will assist and guide you in your personal practice and teach you the basics of classical Indian music through raga and mantra. Bansi Baba is available for ongoing tuition through Skype if this is convenient.

Total cost for 1-month of tuition is US$750. For each additional month the cost is to be negotiated with the Centre.

To register complete the application form


For a single class with Bansi Baba on any of the instruments at the Centre the price is 500 INR for an individual, and 1000 INR for a group of up to four people.


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