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Dakshinee is one of the premier 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 wanted to spread it among Bengali masses which was then confined primarily to Santiniketan. On the advice of Shailaranjan Majumdar , he founded Dakshinee on 8 May, 1948.

Early days

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 the year 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

  • Nupur in London (Currently withdrawn)
  • Rabishikha in North London
  • Dakshinayan[1] in South London
  • Robiprobash in Toronto
  • Kahlar in Washington DC (Currently withdrawn)
  • Uttarayan in New Delhi

Notable Teachers

Prominent Students

  • Ritu Guha
  • Abhirup Guha Thakurta [2]
  • Srikanto Acharya [3]


Although the institute professes to teach Rabindranath Tagore's ideals through his music, credible evidence[4] 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 also got itself mired in a recent controversy when a letter [5] 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


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