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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 52 Attractions in Varanasi
Type: Other, Theaters
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25 reviews 25 reviews
21 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

, Varanasi has been home to Indian philosophy, mysticism and spiritualism. Varanasi, therefore, has numerous Muths and Ashrams. At Varanasi different religious outfits have their own Muths and Ashrams. Many of these Muths and Ashrams have survived for centuries and are centers of spiritualism and religious activities. Some of the noted Muths and Ashrams of Varanasi are listed below: Dharm... More

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

This was a very nice experience. I don't know enough about classical Indian music to give any sort of real review. The building is around 500 years old and the setting is perfect for sitar, tabla and vocals! Plan to return on my next trip there.

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London, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

For 150 Rupees each, this small concert on Saturday was one of our highlights. Both artists (one sitar, one tabla player) were mesmerizing and incredibly talented. They played 3 items and explained each one for English speaking tourists. If you have never seen Indian Classical Music, this place is a must.

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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14 helpful votes 14 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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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
73 helpful votes 73 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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23 reviews 23 reviews
17 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
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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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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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