The Calcutta School of Music is one of the premier institutions in India. It was established in the year 1915 AD by Dr. Phillipé Sandré, a musician of considerable calibre, a contemporary and friend of the famous composer Saint Saëns. It has a wide ranging canvas of musical disciplines covering all Western music disciplines, dance, speech training, elocution, and drama. It also has a more nascent Indian Music Section which was inaugurated by Pandit Ravi Shankar in 1975. The School is an important part of the city of Kolkata, providing liberal instruction in musical subjects on one hand, and also arranging orchestral, chamber and solo music training and concerts, as well as music appreciation sessions throughout the year.
The main objective of the Calcutta School of Music is the teaching of music and nurturing talent. The School has over 1000 students on its rolls, taught by 38 teachers of Western Music and Dance and 14 of Indian Music, all highly qualified. The School offers many kinds of courses to suit the various needs of the students.