The National Centre for the Performing Arts came into existence to preserve, promote and propagate Indian arts. A commitment to research and education has been an integral part of NCPA's first mission statement and it is with this spirit that the Research and Musicology section was envisaged from its inception. Since the early 1970's, scientific research was initiated in the area of Indian music and musical instruments.
In recognition of the ongoing research activities at the NCPA Music Research Laboratory, the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR) of the Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India, has given NCPA the status of a Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (SIRO).
Currently, music research at the NCPA encapsulates two projects: AUTRIM, computer-aided graphic transcription and a project that looks at the craftsmanship of Indian musical instruments.
To know more about our music research, please check Music in Motion