About India School, Inc.
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
was founded by Mrs. Darshan Krishna in 1973.
For over 30 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
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.
is a non- profit educational, cultural, tax-exempt organization, which
follows a non-discriminatory policy in all its activities.
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
Credits from MCPS
High School students enrolled in Montgomery County Public Schools can
earn a ½ elective credit for studying Hindi and other
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.
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
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.
All students who have completed 100 or more hours of study at India
School in their chosen field will be awarded a certificate.
FINE ARTS COURSES
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 a mere $20 per hour and fees
for language classes range between seven to ten dollars per hour.
Tuition is payable in full for a semester of approximately fifteen
hours. The Registration fee is $15 for new students and $10 for
returning students. There is also 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
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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