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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 Dr. Pandit. S.Ballesh and Co-founded by his wife Smt. Ratnamma Ballesh & sons Surmani Dr. Krishna Ballesh, Guru Shri. Prakash Balesh, Guru Shri. Shivanand Ballesh. Tansen Academy is promoting hindustani classical music in India, Main branch located in CHENNAI CITY - Saligramam and other parts of City in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, In 2018 and 2019 Guru Dr. S.Ballesh and his sons sets 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 as Executive Director. 

          TAAN, Tansen Academy aims in teaching 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 which helps disciples to learn, understand and sing Hindustani classical music.

            A brain child 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. 

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

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, Banarasi, Patiala and Rampur Sahaswana gharanas.

Proudly the Tansen Academy is blessed by

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

Maharastra Maha Pandit Kodhand Salunke Maharaj,

Shehnai Chakravathy Pandit Dr. S.Ballesh,

Padmashri Ustad Rashid Khan,

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

Thenisai Thendral Shri. Deva, Music Composer

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

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

Honorable Shri. Anandrao Patil.. , IAS, Sec for Governor,

Honorable Shri. Lakhani .. , Director


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