International School of Music by Ustad Amjad Ali Khan

Sarod maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, after the annual concert at the Soorya Festival in 2016, expressed his desire to set up a gurukula-model school in Kerala. He wanted to leave Delhi for good, and settle down in Thiruvananthapuram. The government of Kerala allotted two acres of land for the project, at Veli Tourist Village. The Chief Minister had taken a personal interest in the project.


Four years after laying the foundation stone for the International School of Music, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan decided to drop the plan, disappointing scores of music aficionados in the State. Soorya Krishnamoorthy recently signed the documents backing out from the project on behalf of Ustad, officially sealing the school’s fate.

According to sources, the maestro’s decision to return two acres of land earmarked for the project to the Tourism Department came in the wake of a new set of terms put forward by the Government. Some officials in the bureaucracy had proposed a huge annual lease amount for allotted land, in addition to the demand to include four Government representatives in the institute’s seven-member governing body. Efforts may be made to revive the project.

Progress Made


Next Milestones

Determine feasibility of reviving the project, by October 2021

Implementing Agency

Kerala Lalitha Kala Academy


Culture Department

Member of Parliament

Shashi Tharoor


Saji Cherian


Kadakampally Surendran



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