Bhavan's Bharatiya Sangeet & Nartan Shikshapeeth was established Bhavan's Founder Kulapati Dr. K. M. Munshi with the help of India's foremost musicologist Acharya Dr. Srikrishna Narayan Ratanjankar in 1946.
The Founder's ideal was to establish a center where all Indian traditional classical performing arts would be taught and preserved as this was one of Bhavan's prime cultural objectives. Acharya Ratanjankar was one of the most respected academicians in the field of Hindustani classical music and also the Head of the Bhatkhande Sangeet Vidyapeeth, Lucknow.
The following music luminaries served as Principals of the Shikshapeeth: Pt. Chidanand Nagarkar (vocalist), Pt. Dinkar Kaikini (vocalist& composer) Smt. Shashikala Kaikini (vocalist). The present Principal is Pt. Dhruba Ghosh who is a sarangi player, vocalist and composer and a Grammy Award winner 2010.
The Institution had grand masters as faculty members. Tabla Maestro Ustad Allah Rakha, Ustad Mohammed Khan (Rudra Veena Maestro), Pt. S. C. R. Bhatt. Dr. K. G. Ginde and other veterans uptil the 1960s.
The institution had built up a tradition of celebrating the Bhatkhande Sangeet Samaroh from decades and this has become one of the landmark events in the cultural life of Mumbai.
The Sangeet & Nartan Shikshapeeth has trained more than 5000 students in music and dance since inception. The Shikshapeeth is affiliated to the Bhatkhande Sangeet Vidyapeeth, Lucknow for its 5-year DEGREE COURSES on an all India level.
The Shikshapeeth mainly teaches Hindustani (North Indian) classical vocal, tabla, sitar, sarangi, bansuri, Kathak dance, Odissi dance, Bharat Natyam dance, Hindi Sugam Sangeet and Gujarati Sugam Sangeet and Children’s Music Courses.
Bhavan conducts 1 year & 2 year CERTIFICATE COURSES in all subjects. For Dance Bhavan's conducts Certificate and Diploma Courses in Classical Dance viz Kathak, Bharat Natyam and Odissi.
SPECIAL ATTRACTION FOR YOUNGER GENERATION:
Spanish Guitar, Hawaiian Guitar, Electronic Keyboard and Modern artistic Dance.
It is launching several new courses of which one will be known as MOTHERS-TO-BE classes as well as ACCOMPANYING PARENTS CLASSES as this will help build up a supporting society for music education for children.
Since August 2009, this Institution started a branch at Bhavan’s Campus, Andheri, Mumbai where Vocal music, tabla, sugam sangeet, Spanish Guitar and Keyboard are presently taught. More subjects will be started there very shortly.