About India School

Class Description

Sunday Class Schedule

Registration Form/Fees

Weekday Evening Classes

School Calendar




Contact India School:
Washington, DC 20016


About India School, Inc.

India School is a unique organization that has been promoting Indian languages, Fine Arts and Culture in the Washington Metropolitan area through teaching, holding exhibitions, seminars, sponsoring performances, and through its publications.

India school was founded by Mrs. Darshan Krishna in 1973.

For over 40 years, the School has offered classes in Classical Vocal Music, Keyboard, Tabla, Kathak, Movie Dances, and Folk Dances. Several levels of classes in Hindi are offered year round for students of all ages. Students are also coached for Certificate and Diploma courses of the Government of India. On sufficient demand, instruction in other major Indian languages like Marathi, Bengali, Urdu, Punjabi, Gujrati, Telugu, Tamil and Sanskrit are also arranged.

India School Inc., over the years has presented concerts by renowned artists like Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, Ustad Zakir Hussain and Kathak experts like Sitara Devi and Uma Sharma. An exhibition, Festival of India for Children at the Children’s
Museum, Washington DC., ran for many months and was
highly successful.

The School published a highly acclaimed magazine consisting of news and views of History and Arts of India. The other publications include two work-books on learning Hindi, one on Calcutta and one on Introduction to Indian Music.

India School is a non- profit educational, cultural, tax-exempt organization, which follows a non-discriminatory policy in all its activities.

General Information

India school offers several levels of instruction in Hindi. On request, classes can also be held in Bengali, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu. On sufficient demand, instructions in these and other languages of the subcontinent can be arranged. In all language instruction, reading, writing and speaking skills are equally emphasized. The school uses and provides well-known and approved text-books.

Credits from MCPS
High School students enrolled in Montgomery County Public Schools can earn a ½ elective credit for studying Hindi and other cultural subjects. India School has been approved to recommend eligible students to receive such credits. Interested students must inform the school in December or May to acquire such credits.
Credits from Fairfax County
Fairfax County High School students at India School can also receive 2 foreign language credits form Fairfax County. Hindi students must inform the school authorities of their desire to receive such credits so that they can be coached to complete the county requirements successfully.
Government of India Certificate and Diploma Course
Students who can read and write Hindi and/or have completed beginner, intermediate and advanced levels of work at India School can register for the Hindi Certificate Course in July of each year.
India School Certificates
All students who have completed 100 or more hours of study at India School in their chosen field will be awarded a certificate.

Hindustani vocal and instrumental music are taught in small groups. Instruments currently taught are Harmonium, Keyboard and Tabla. Among dance forms, Kathak and Folk dances are taught. Theory, as well as practice, are taught according to classical traditions. Classes are divided into Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced levels. The students bring their own instruments to the class. The school also, whenever possible, sells and rents the instruments and can generally help students in getting the required instrument. Each period is an hour and ten minutes in duration.

The schools runs programs for children as well as adults. In most subjects, classes for adults are held separately. Children should be at least five years old for admission to any course. On sufficient request, classes can be arranged in groups as well as on an individual basis on days other than Sundays. On Sundays, all classes are scheduled between 10AM to 1:30PM on the school premises. The school year is divided into three semesters of about fourteen working days. The Fall semester is from mid September through the end of December. The Winter semester is from January to the end of May. Summer session consists of six working days in July and August. Holidays and beginning and ending semester dates are announced at the commencement of each semester. Effort is made to announce snow closings (if any) on the radio as well as by phone.
India School students participate in cultural activities organized in the Washington metropolitan area and also present a program of music, dance and plays at the end of the school year. Registration for the academic year commences in September. Those seeking admission are requested to call India School at (301) 654-6915.
India School does not discriminate on the basis of religion, race or sex or on any other ground in its educational and other activities.

The tuition is modest but varies from subject to subject. On average, fees for Fine Arts classes range between $20-$25 per hour and fees for language classes range between ten to twelve dollars per hour. Tuition is payable in full for a semester of approximately fifteen hours. The Registration fee is $20. There maybe a small charge for snacks which are provided by the School each Sunday and at the Annual Program.

Embassy staff and The India School staff or their children are given 50% tuition concession for Hindi courses. India School also awards scholarships in the form of free tuition in Hindi for two students every year.

India School teaching and administrative staff is drawn from India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and USA. Most of the staff members hold higher degrees in their field and have considerable teaching experience. The school takes great pride in its skilled, talented and capable staff who have taught for many years and are well known in the community.

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