The GRAMMY Museum and the Indian Music Experience (IME), India’s first interactive music museum, announced that the IME has been named an official institutional affiliate.
The GRAMMY Museum engages with similar institutions to further its educational initiatives and mission through its affiliate program. A biennial meeting of the affiliates was held on the 4th and 5th of April 2019, at the GRAMMY Museum. The IME was represented by museum director, Manasi Prasad, who gave a presentation on Indian music, and the activities of the IME. Based on the deliberations at the meeting, the IME will be part of several global collaborations including co-curating exhibitions. It will also serve as a liaison from India for academic exchanges.
“Our GRAMMY Museum Affiliates Program continues to explore new ways to keep music and the performing arts flourishing internationally.” said Michael Sticka, GRAMMY Museum Executive Director.
The Indian Music Experience (IME) is a non-profit initiative of the Indian Music Experience Trust. The Brigade Group with the support of Ministry of Culture, Government of India, Government of Karnataka, several corporates and philanthropists are the founders of IME.
About Indian Music Experience
The IME houses three main sections — a state-of-the-art interactive Exhibit Area, a Sound Garden and a Learning Centre. The Exhibit Area consists of eight thematic galleries showcasing various facets of Indian music. An instruments gallery with over 100 musical instruments, three mini theaters, and several computer-based interactive installations. These allow the visitors to experience the process of music-making.
“The Indian Music Experience is proud and honoured to be invited to be part of an elite international network of institutions. Through this association, we are positive that the activities of the IME will achieve a global reach. Our efforts shall resonate with music professionals and connoisseurs from around the globe,” said MR Jaishankar, founder, IME.
The Sound Garden features musical sculptures that introduce visitors to the principles of sound. The Learning Centre is at the forefront of delivering high quality music education through its outreach program. In addition, the IME houses various performance spaces such as a rooftop amphitheatre, a performance theater and a seminar hall. The IME hosts a variety of public programs such as music concerts, talks, workshops, seminars, summer camps and others.
The museum also has a gallery featuring 100 luminaries of Indian music across various genres. It contains precious memorabilia belonging to the Bharat Ratna musicians of the country, like the Shehnai of Bismillah Khan, tambura of MS Subbulakshmi, concert attire of Bhimsen Joshi.
“We are thrilled to welcome the Indian Music Experience to our program and look forward to working together,” said Michael.
Established in 2008 as a partnership between the Recording Academy and AEG, the GRAMMY Museum is a non-profit organisation. It is dedicated to cultivating a greater understanding of the history and significance of music.