Faculty

Piano:

Anish Thomas Panikkar,

started taking keyboard lessons from Mr. Jiji Alex at the age of 9. He was later introduced to Western Classical music by Dr. Aswan Thomas Elias, under whose tutelage he passed the grade 8 piano exam of the ABRSM. He continued his higher studies with Neecia Majolly, under whose guidance he was awarded the Associate of LCM in piano performance in the year 2013, and now also the recipient of the Kawai Rolling Trophy for Outstanding Musician(Diploma) with his recent qualification of Dip. Teaching (Piano). Currently he is pursuing his higher studies in piano with Neecia Majolly.

Anish is a composer of music and has had the experience of working together with many professional musicians in his hometown of Trivandrum. He has also been the keyboardist for the pop band Paradiso and the Hindustani fusion band Srishti, both of which have many stage shows to their credit. He has also been on the judging panel for band competitions in many intercollege cultural fests in Trivandrum.

 

Divyam Tamang,

Divyam Tamang began his music studies with his keyboard teacher Mr Suraj Mani Burmay in his hometown of
Darjeeling. He pursued his higher studies in music under Mr., Phillip Thomas at the Bangalore Conservatory for
three years where he majored in Music Education with piano as his main instrument. He completed his Bachelor’s
degree in Music in 2016.

Divyam has taught piano at the Centre for Music Education, Wings School of Music, Bangalore Conservatory and
Furtados School of Music. He is experienced with teaching in school and classroom settings, and group classes.
Comfortable with different age groups of any level, Divyam also accompanies vocal soloists and choirs.

 

Nikhil Shrikant Badwe,

a software engineer by profession, began learning Hindustani Classical music in his childhood. Under the tutelage of Mrs. Chitale, he gave two certificate exams of Gandharva Mahavidyalaya for Harmonium and Vocal. Later he continued Harmonium training under Pt. Manohar Chimote. He has played Harmonium/Keyboard in his school on various occasions and also played at the Guru Purnimas for his teacher.

 

Around 2004, he started learning Western Classical Music after a friend encouraged him to do so. He played keyboard in the Indian Student Association's music group during his University days. He then took piano lessons from Jefferson Williams in California for a couple of years. After returning to India, he completed Dip Teaching (Piano) from the London College of Music Examinations.

 

Currently he is training under Neecia Majolly.

 

Vocal:

Imsennochetla Longchar,

has had music as her passion since childhood.  She started singing in the choir at the age of 11, and learnt basic staff notation and solfege while studying Theology. She has completed her Bachelor of Theology in 2003 from Clark Theological College, Nagaland,  and served as a music teacher in a school for 4 years.  She was also full-time choir director at Changtongya Town Baptist Church, Nagaland for 7 years. To further enhance her musical training, she has studied for the Bachelor of Music degree from the Bangalore Conservatory from 2011-2014, and is now a graduate in Vocal performance and Music Education. Currently, she also teaches aural, theory and voice at the Bangalore Conservatory.

 

Violin:

 

Grace Biswas,

Hailed as one of the best young violinists in the country with her graceful and expressive playing, Grace Biswas started learning the instrument at the age of 5 from her father, Shyamal Biswas, until Grade 8 (ABRSM), and then continued her violin lessons from the most eminent violin teacher in Bangalore, Mrs. Gisela Voigts. With a Masters Degree in Commerce (M.Com) from Mount Carmel College, Grace has now a Dip. ABRSM in violin performance.
 
Grace has won many music competitions conducted by St. Marks Music School and inter-church competitions. She was the winner of the Admiral Dawson Rolling Trophy for the most promising musician and also the Thumboochetty Rolling Trophy in Grade 7. She has given many solo performances in church and at other venues in and outside Bangalore including the Young Performers’ Concert Series arranged by the Majolly Music Trust and Theme & Kawai Pianos in 2011. Grace is part of the Bangalore Chamber Orchestra as well, and teaches music at TISB.

 

Guitar:

 

 Francis Chirayan Francis,

(DipLCM Teaching and Recipient of ‘The Konarak Reddy Award for Excellence’ in Acoustic Guitar in September, 2015) has been teaching Classical, Acoustic, Electric and Bass guitar for more than 20 years (13 years part-time and 7 years full time) for all age groups from 5 to 65 years in both the Middle East and India.

Having learnt the basics of guitar playing from his father, Francis started playing professionally by the age of 18, and was a part of many popular bands in Thrissur, till 1994. After that, he received an invitation to join a band in Bahrain, and left India to play with international musicians there.

His students thus far have been successful in music exams, and a couple of them have started teaching as well. Some of them are members in school and college bands and some are performing professionally. Francis also has a fully equipped studio in Koramangala.

Francis is a Member of Registry of Guitar Tutors (RGT), and also has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Calicut University.