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Dakshinee is one of the music academies in the city of Calcutta, now Kolkata. It plays an important role in encouraging and promoting primarily the Rabindrasangeet.


Suvo Guha Thakurta was a devotee of Rabindrasangeet. He wanted to spread it among Bengali masses which were then confined primarily to Santiniketan. On the advice of Shailaranjan Majumdar, he founded Dakshinee on 8 May 1948.

Early days[edit]

Dakshinee started with only 12 students and by 1955 it had 600 students. Between 1962 and 1972 the student strength was over 1500.


Since inception it had four functioning sections

  • Nrityakala Kendra (Dance School)
  • Drama
  • Cultural
  • Publication


  • Dakshinee organised Triennial Tagore Music Conference from 1951 - 1960 with the assistance of All India Radio.
  • Dakshinee celebrated the Tagore Centenary in 1961.


  • Rabindrasangeeter Dhara - Suvo Guha Thakurta wrote the book titled “Rabindrasangeeter Dhara” in 1950, to educate people about the richness and variety of his compositions and their classification into 17 streams or ‘Parjyay’. This book was then incorporated into the academic curriculum of Dakshinee and remains so till date. It serves to give students a detailed theoretical background to Rabindrasangeet
  • Subarno Joyonti Barsha (Shahitya Patra)
  • Rabindra Janma Satabarshiki
  • Rajat Joyonti Utsab

In 2008 Dakshinee proposes to publish a special edition on the occasion of its Diamond Jubilee Celebrations.


This institute was earlier started at 132, Rashbehari Avenue. In 1955, it was moved to Dakshinee Bhawan, 1 Deshapriya Park (West) and has been there since then.

Affiliated institutes[edit]

Notable teachers[edit]

Prominent students[edit]

  • Ritu Guha
  • Rano Guha Thakurta
  • Saheb chatterjee
  • Krishna Guha Thakurta
  • Dr Ananda Gupta


Although the institute professes to teach Rabindranath Tagore's ideals through his music, credible evidence[2] strongly suggests that Dakshinee believes in instilling a sense of fear among the rank and file of its students, an idea that is wholly contrary to Tagore's own views on any kind of learning.

Dakshinee follows its own discrete notation, disregarding the notation accepted and printed by the bishwa-bharati.

Dakshinee also got itself mired in a recent controversy when a letter [3] published in a widely read mainstream Kolkata newspaper alleged that the institute expelled one of its students, an eight-year-old girl, only for wearing a salwar-kameez (a dress widely used by Indian girls and women).

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Indian Events in London". Archived from the original on 2011-09-11. 
  2. ^ Aveek Sen (May 3, 2008). "The Telegraph - WHERE THE SONG IS WITHOUT FEAR". Calcutta, India. 
  3. ^ "The Telegraph - Clad them young". Calcutta, India. 7 August 2008. 

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