Certificate Programs for Carnatic and Hindustani Music

Sampada Exam and Certification

SAMPADA is a structured certificate program for students learning Indian Music and Dance in the US and Canada. The Silicon Andhra University conducts the SAMAPADA certification exam in affiliation with Potti Sreeramulu Telugu University (PSTU), a NAAC accredited institution.

Our Gurus/Schools affiliated to SAMPADA can have their students pursue Junior/Senior Certificate Programs in Carnatic Music (Vocal, Veena, Violin, Flute & Mridangam), Hindustani Music (Vocal, Sitar, Violin, Tabla), Bharata Natyam and Kuchipudi. Students will receive 16 University Credits for each of the two levels.

Passing these exams requires dedication and practice on part of the students. It also requires constant encouragement and support from the parents and most importantly, guidance from the gurus.

Quite a few of our students take the exam, and more than 80% pass with Distinction.

Talk to our Gurus about The Sampada Program

Carnatic Vocal Sampada Exam

Congratulations to Chi. Shruti Vadapalli, a student of Smt. NCS Ravali ji, for passing the Sampada exam with DISTINCTION.

Passing this exam is a testament to your talent and knowledge and reflects your discipline and strong work ethic.

Remember to take a moment to celebrate this milestone and be proud of your accomplishments. You have earned it! As you embark on the next chapter of your journey, I wish you continued success and fulfillment in all your endeavors.

Congratulations to the parents as well for their continued support and encouragement.

Carnatic Vocal Lessons for Kids
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Guru Ravali ji prepared Arjun for the SAMPADA exam and He passed with Distinction. Thank you so much to Ravali ji and the Raaga School of preparing my son to take and pass the exam with flying colors

~ Mythri Shivanand, Proud Parent

A parent's perspective

As parents, we are always looking for ways to help our children reach their full potential. One way to do this is by exposing them to our cultural traditions at a young age. When we ask parents of our students why they want their children to learn Carnatic and Hindustani music at such a young age, their responses typically fall into the following categories.
  1. Cultural exposure: First and foremost, parents want to expose children born and brought up here in the US to get exposure to a rich cultural tradition with a deep history and heritage. By exposing toddlers to this type of music, we are helping to instill a love and appreciation for culture in them at a very early age.
  2. Enhanced speech: Most children that grow up in western societies are not able to pronounce quite a few of our syllables – especially rolling the ‘r’s, etc. Learning Carnatic and Hindustani music requires children at an early age to practice these producing these sounds that are unique to our Indian languages.
  3. Improved cognitive development: Studies have shown that early exposure to music can help improve a child’s cognitive development. This includes areas such as memory, language, and spatial reasoning — irrespective of the type of music — Western, Chinese or Classical Indian music.
  4. Increased creativity: Both Carnatic and Hindustani music are art forms that encourage creativity and self-expression. By exposing toddlers to this type of music, we are helping to develop their creative minds and encouraging them to think outside the box.
  5. Improved focus and concentration: Most importantly, learning Carnatic and Hindustani music requires focus and concentration. As toddlers practice and perform, they will develop the ability to focus and concentrate, which are helpful in all areas of their lives.
If you are interested in learning more about how to get started with introducing your toddlers to Carnatic or Hindustani music lessons, please reach out to us. We invite you to come observe one of our Tiny Tots classes to evaluate if we have the right program for your Tiny Tot.