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International Music Centre Ashram

D.33/81 Khalispur, Dasaswamedh Ghat, Varanasi, India
+91 (0)5422452302
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Ranked #8 of 51 attractions in Varanasi
Type: Other, Theaters
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Colchester, United Kingdom
20 reviews 20 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

Found this in the lonely planet and thought we'd give it a go...fantastic classical Indian performances in a cool intimate setting. Good variation across the week and tea served at the interval. We went back and I also took the opportunity to take some tabla lessons! Not the easiest place to find but just ask around the Bengali Tola area.... More

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Avon, Colorado
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64 reviews 64 reviews
12 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

We saw a sign for this place when walking through the alleyways of Varanasi. We decided to spend the 100 (?) rupees. There were only four of us in the audience but it was an enjoyable time to hear live music in such a setting. It was also fun walking to and from in the evening as the alleyways are... More

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Beijing, China
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9 reviews 9 reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

This place is not to be missed. While here I received the greatest music lessons I've ever taken with the warmest people I've ever met. I took a tabla lesson and a sitar lesson. Each teacher was extremely patient and skilled. You can tell they are used to teaching beginners and they have a lot of first-timer sensibilities like cueing... More

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Zhytomyr Oblast, Ukraine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

It was a great experience. I've spent 2 hours diving the outer and inner space listening to sitar and tabala instuments. You can hear this beautiful music on Weds and Saturdays there.

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Seattle, Washington
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24 reviews 24 reviews
18 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

If you have the opportunity to meet the performers please tip them. Artist feed our soul with the true spirit of music, art and dance from ancient cultures. I was so honored to be entertained and educated.

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London, England, United Kingdom
14 reviews 14 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2013

I saw a poster plastered on many walls around the city and decided to visit on Christmas Day for one of their New Years concerts. Paid £1.50 for over 2 hours of fabulous entertainment including home made lemon tea traditional Indian music and dance. Is well worth going as a small friendly and welcoming location. Xxx

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Varanasi, India
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

A group of 4-5 of us went to the Center to celebrate a friend's birthday. Typically indian, we sat on the floor. We were given banana leaf fans, and a sitar player strummed beautiful music to us all evening. Although it was difficult to understand (from what I understand, it takes many years to understand Indian Classical music), one of... More

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Sydney, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

Loved this gig! Great experience finding the place and sitting there with our tea listening to some great music on new instruments. Perfect duration, not too long, and a real treat.

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Portland, Maine
4 reviews 4 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

We were among only a handful of patrons on the Wednesday in January when we went to the International Music Centre, and I hope this review will help to fill the seats. The cost was only Rs. 200 per person to hear a sitar player and a tabla player in a tiny room where we were only feet from the... More

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Lincoln NE
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52 reviews 52 reviews
20 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

Fun evening of brilliant music - although we did not last until 4 am like other New Year's Eve listeners. Impressive tabla playing and sitar players worked magic on us. Owner helped us negotiate confusing alleyways after a disorienting wrong turn - very nice of him. Welcoming and explanatory for sitar newbies.

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