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  • Meher Nigam

Classical Dance and Music Scholarships in India

If there’s one thing we’ve learned from 2020, it’s that every profession has a place and a purpose. Gone are the days when art and performing arts were considered inferior to more academic pursuits, because who did we all turn to in order to maintain our sanity during the lockdown? That’s right. Musicians. Dancers. Actors. Entertainers. And now is the time for you to pursue your dreams of joining their ranks. This article brings you a list of annual scholarships, grants, and fellowships that are specifically designed for Indian classical dancers and musicians to help get the ball rolling for you, and to prove to you that yes, there is a support structure out there that wants you to follow your dreams.

1. Scholarships for young artists in different cultural fields

The Ministry of Culture grants scholarships to young artists in different cultural and creative fields. This scholarship aims to provide each scholar with Rs.5000/- per month for a period of 2 years. This money can be used to cover their living expenses and other necessities.

This Scheme seeks to give assistance to young artistes of outstanding promise for advanced training within India in the field of Indian Classical Music, Indian Classical Dance, Theatre, Mime, Visual art, Folk, Traditional and Indigenous Arts and Light Classical Music. The scholar is expected to train rigorously under a Guru or a recognized organization. The entire application procedure is online.

Eligibility – Applicants must belong to the age group of 18-25 as on 1st April of the year in which they apply. They should be trained for a minimum of 5 years under their Guru or in an institution. These scholarships are meant for advanced training and thus candidates must have strong knowledge of their field. Artist can belong to any genre of Classical Music, Dance, Theatre, Visual Arts and Folk Art. For further information you can visit -

2. Cultural Talent Search Scholarship Scheme (CTSSS)