Keeping our musical tradition alive forever


Making every archive learnable. Not just a collectible

Enter Archive to Alive. Through this program, Shankar Mahadevan Academy has taken the onus of bringing to the world the rare musical compositions of great maestros. Archive to Alive does not just keep the artistic works of maestros safe. Its purpose is to make their compositions available for all — to listen to, to enjoy, to learn from. 

It’s hard to preserve the works of Indian classical music maestros. That’s because classical music here follows an oral tradition. The teacher shows how a composition is to be sung; the pupil catches. That’s how lessons, ideas, compositions flow from one generation to the next. It’s a system that has worked for ages. But there’s one drawback. Song notations are rare; their availability scarce. Archiving is absent. A good part of our musical heritage is lost. For ever.

A tribute to Ustad Khadim Hussain Khan

Created by Vidushi Lalith J Rao and her students in memory of Padmabhushan Ustad Khadim Hussain Khan, Naman Sajan Piya seeks to preserve compositions of the Agra Gharana. This compendium consists of the Ustad’s rare compositions, faithfully rendered by the disciples. It also features excerpts from live recordings of a few compositions performed by Lalith J Rao in public concerts.

Lalith J Rao introduces the compendium of Ustad Khadim Hussain Khan's compositions

Jayavanth Rao describes the creation of the compositions 

You can sign up to learn these songs as a self-study course material — at your own place and pace for free!

There’s a charge only if you choose to learn them from a teacher. 

How you can get involved

You can help Archive to Alive grow in two ways:

What is special must spread far

Share with us the collection you want to bring alive. We will turn the collection into a learnable piece — by creating a course around the compositions with lyrics and notations for the music lover to learn.

And there’s more. We will give your collection a marketing vehicle to ride far. We will build a website dedicated to your collection where music lovers can enroll to a program to learn the compositions. We will work with you to increase the learner’s involvement with the compositions — a contest around your collection, for instance. And we will spread the word about your collection over social media.

Get in touch with us today. Draw more ears and hearts to your collection.