LearnQuest Academy of Music to Host Open House on Saturday, Students to Perform, Free Workshops


WALTHAM, MA— LearnQuest Academy of Music, a Waltham, MA-based  non-profit institution devoted to providing formal instruction in Indian classical music, both Hindustani and Carnatic styles, is holding an open house on Saturday, Aug. 27,  from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm at the academy.

Sadhana Upadhyay


Along with Open House, LearnQuest will also present recitals by its students. All the activities will take place at the academy, located at 711 Main Street  in Waltham.

Here are details about the open house:

10 AM – 11:30 AM:  Rabindra Sangeet workshop by Sujata Bhattacharya (free). You can be a part of this informative workshop and get a chance to meet the teacher, Sujata Bhattacharya.  Students interested in Tabla will get a chance to visit with one of the teachers in this discipline, Rajesh Pai.

9 AM – 2 PM:  Student recitals by students of LearnQuest (Hindustani and Carnatic vocal, guitar, sitar, sarod, harmonium and keyboard).

Visitors will also meet various teachers including Priti Chakravarty, Pradeep Shukla, Sadhana Upadhyay, Phil Kaplan, Sharad Gurung, Aditya Shah, Debajit Biswas, and Gauri Shankar among others.

Phil Kaplan


The academy includes among its faculty a team of accomplished and experienced teachers of Indian music in the New England area as well as visiting musicians. Instruction is offered in the following disciplines:

  • Flute
  • Guitar
  • Carnatic Vocal Music
  • Hindustani Vocal Music
  • Keyboard and Harmonium
  • Mridangam
  • Sarod
  • Semi-classical Vocal Music
  • Sitar
  • Tabla
  • Veena

We regretfully inform you that the 15th Annual Learnquest Music Conference will not take place on March 27-29, 2020. The growing and unpredictable spread of COVID-19 has made it impossible to assess safety risks. We have been monitoring the situation and contemplating measures to keep the artists and music enthusiasts safe. On March 10, however, the State of Massachusetts has declared a public health emergency that gives us no choice but to cancel the event.

We recognize the hard work and travel that so many have put in preparing for the event. We feel sorry for any inconvenience this may cause you, and will start refunding the concert tickets. Once the situation has abated, we will take stock of options and communicate further. We look forward to seeing you soon and thank you for your continuing support. With prayers for your health and safety,

- The LearnQuest team