The International Music Council (IMC), founded in 1949 by UNESCO, is the world's largest network of organizations, institutions and individuals working in the field of music. The International Music Council promotes musical diversity, access to culture for all and unites organizations in some 150 countries worldwide in building peace and understanding among peoples of all cultures and heritage. The NCPA is a member of the IMC, and on occasion represents India at IMC. In 2011, NCPA was elected to the Board of Music Council for Asia-Oceania (MCAO).
Devoted to serving the interests and advocacy of orchestras and ensembles in Asia Pacific region, the Alliance of Asia-Pacific Region Orchestras (AAPRO) was founded in 1996. Since then, it has contributed enormously to enhancing exchanges among its members, raising professional standards and increasing classical music audiences in the region. The AAPRO is a creative platform for its member orchestras to exchange with their peers around the globe. It also supports its members to promote their profiles in the world of music. Its affiliation, the Asia-Pacific United Orchestra, is such a vehicle that showcases the functions of AAPRO on the stage. NCPA Chairman Khushroo N Suntook is a member of the General Committee of AAPRO. In September 2013, the NCPA will host the 10th meeting of the AAPRO Committee.
The Association of Asia Pacific Performing Arts Centres (AAPPAC) has a network of 74 members from over 22 countries, comprising 40 prominent performing arts centres in the Asia-Pacific region as its full members, and 34 internationally reputable arts venues, organisations and associations as our Peak Business Circle and Business Circle Representatives. The NCPA has been a member of AAPPAC since 2007, and was the first organisation from India to join the association. The NCPA is the only arts organisation from India to represent the country at AAPPAC.
In the Arts, the British Council works with the best of British and international artistic and creative talent to develop events and collaborations which link thousands of artists, organisations and audiences worldwide. In addition to staging shows and exhibitions, we partner with others on joint Arts projects and help develop creative leadership, professional networks and cultural educational programmes worldwide. The British Council and the NCPA partner on a number of events and festivals throughout the year.
Alliance Française relies on a large network of more than a thousand associations, established in 136 countries and delivering courses to a total of 460000 students. The Alliance Francaise and the NCPA partner on a number of events and festivals throughout the year.
Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Arts Council, is a foundation under public law. Pro Helvetia is dedicated to promoting cultural works of nationwide and international interest. The foundation was established by the Swiss Government in 1939 and is still entirely funded by public money. The Swiss Arts Council and the NCPA partner on a number of events and festivals throughout the year.
Goethe-Institut monitors trends in Germany and encourages cultural collaboration across the globe by organising programmes of events and making contributions to various festivals and exhibitions in the fields of film, dance, music, theatre, literature and translation. The Goethe Institut and the NCPA partner on a number of events and festivals throughout the year. Most recently, Symphony Orchestra of India (India's first professional symphony orchestra founded by and resident at the NCPA) presented its September 2012 Concert Season as part of the celebrations commemorating 60 years of Indo-German diplomatic relations titled 'Germany and India 2011-2012: Infinite Opportunities', and featured German conductor Chistoph Poppen along with German violinist Lena Neudauer.
In April 2013, the NCPA partnered Pathe Live (Paris) to bring to Mumbai audiences the opportunity to experience international classical ballet productions from the Bolshoi Theatre of Russia to the NCPA screen. The Bolshoi Ballet is an internationally renowned classical ballet company, based at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, Russia. Founded in 1776, the Bolshoi is among the world's oldest ballet companies in the world.
Codarts, University for the Arts is a small-scale professional university based in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. The education at Codarts is provided by the Rotterdam Conservatoire (music), the Rotterdam Dance Academy (music) and Rotterdam Circus Arts (circus). Between 1995 and 1999, the NCPA collaborated with Codarts in the publication of The Raga Guide, an audio-literary resource that was jointly produced by Nimbus Records (UK) and Rotterdam Conservatory. During 2002-2005, the NCPA again collaborated with Codarts in a performance-based research project, One World, Many Musics. This project awaits publication in the form of a DVD-ROM, a DVD and a booklet.
The University of Amsterdam is one of Europe's largest comprehensive universities. Since 2003, the University has worked closely with the NCPA to develop the ground-breaking Automated Transcription of Indian Music (AUTRIM) research project. The visual graphics for this project are principally generated using PRAAT software, developed by the University's Institute of Phonetic Science. In addition, Dr Wim van der Meer (Associate Professor, Department of Musicology) is the chief advisor for this project.
The Sonic Arts Research Network (SARN) is a creative research project based at the University of Wollongong, Australia. SARN seeks to identify new reciprocal relationships between music and the technologies used to create it. The NCPA is involved in an ongoing collaboration with SARN to develop an intelligent process control technique for constructing traditional handcrafted musical instruments with robots, thereby preserving the techniques of this disappearing craft. The other collaborator in this project is the Interactive Digital Media Institute (IDMI) at the National University of Singapore (NUS).