The convocation ceremony of Government Music College in R.A. Puram was recently held.Music College , Chennai was established in 1949. Three-Year Diploma Courses in Folk Art, Bharathanatyam, Vocal, and Instrumental Music (Violin, Veena, Mridangam, Flute, Gadam, Kanchira, Mugarsing, Nathaswaram, Thavil) are offered. Two-Year Post Diploma Courses in Vocal Music (Muthukalai Isai Kalaimani), Two-Year Diploma Courses in Nattuvangam and One-Year Diploma Course in Music Teachers Training are offered here.
The necessity to preserve, transmit and propagate the rich cultural legacy left behind by the builders of music in the country in general and in Tamil Nadu in particular was felt in the year 1949.
Thiru.T.S.Avinasilingam Chettiar, the then Education Minister of Tamil Nadu, with the assistance of late Prof.P.Sambamurthi took the initiative in getting up a well planned institution to impart the musical wealth in Tamil Nadu, the brightest spot adorning the crown of Indiaâ€™s culture.
The Central and State Government with their financial aids established the Central College of Karnatic Music in August 1949. In the beginning, there were only Vocal, Violin and Veena Sections besides general Musicology.
Candidates with a considerable standard in music alone, were admitted into the two year Sangeetha Vidwan Title Course and after completion they were permitted to appear for the â€˜Sangeetha Vidwanâ€™ Title Examination conducted by the Director of Government Examinations, Madras . The student who has there training in this college has flourished well as professors or Lecturers in Music College all over, ands many as professional musicians of repute.
The college has gradually been developing and new Departments have been introduced. Departments of Mridangam, Nagaswaram, Thavil, Flute, Ghatam, Kanchira, Nattuvangam and Bharathanatyam have come into existence.
At present the responsibilities of running both the Administrative and academic sides have been entrusted to the Director and Principal of the Madras Music College , Dr. Bhanumathi Ramakrishna. After the retirement of late Musiri Subramania Iyer, Thiru Sandhayavandhanam Sreenivasa Rao succeeded him.
He was succeeded by the former Principal sangeetha Kalanidhi Thiru T.N. Krishnan subsequently Dr. Bhanumathi Ramakrishna succeeded Thiru T.N. Krishnan. Dr. Bhanumathi Ramakrishana has joined as principal of this college on 28.02.1985. After the retirement of the former Prof. S.Rajeswari posted as in charge of Principal till May 2005.
Kalaimamani Thanjai A.Natarajan who was the Principal of Madurai Tamilnadu Government Music College joined as Principal of Tamilnadu Government College Chennai from 4.2.2009 and functioning the College with high standards.
In order to provide opportunities for working people who want to pursue the study of Music, Evening Colleges at four different centers of the city have also been opened and they are functioning from 1976 onwards.
Four centers have been reduced to two centers one in Mylapore and another in T.Nagar from 2004. These evening centers provide Music classes for the students above 16 years and for the employed people.