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  About the School

The Swarnaad School of Indian Music was founded in 1999 by Sanjay Patel, a gifted teacher, performer and devoted advocate for the promotion of Indian music and culture.

For more than seven years, Mr. Patel studied under Pandit Shree Divyang Vakil; who is a disciple of Ustad Shree Alla Rakha (Punjab Gharana)  (Ustad Shree Latif Ahmad (Delhi Gharana) and Shree Sudhir Saxena (Ajrada Gharana)

Mr. Patel has performed worldwide with such prominent artists as: Snehal Mazamudar (Santoor) , Pandit Murkesh Desai (vocal-Mewati Gharana), Shankar Gangoli(Sugum Sangeet Composer & Singer), Ashit Desai (Music Director of TV & Film), Ganesh Mohan (Sitarists) Rita Gangoli (Thumari and Classical Vocalist) and Nayan Pancholi (Singer & Composer-Gazal and Geet), Sholi Kopdia (Singer & Composer- Gazal and Geet)

In 1992 Mr. Patel played tabla with the Commonwealth Musical Group for a gala concert in celebration of 40 years of the reign of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth IIí. He also worked in the U.K. as a music instructor for tabla and harmonium at the London borough of Ealing, Brent, Harrow. His work can also be heard on several BBC television programs, Akashvani, Dur Darshan, Amedabad, India; Z-TV and TV Asia.

He has organized and presented tabla workshops all over the USA and England.