• Department of Music
  • Department profile

    Department Profile

    Music is the most natural of all arts .The mind is musical by nature. Music is a language by itself and is capable of expressing subtle thoughts and refined ideas. Music develops the intelligence imagination and the creative faculties. Music develops the powers of balanced thinking.

    Music is both an art (kala) and a science (sastra). Its study and practice Result in the development of the intelligence and the soul. In addition it is a vidya and helps one to realize the supreme within him.


    Music is a fine art, which develop culture, character and personality of the students. The vision of the Department of Music is to create a strong educational environment that combines the academic rigors of discipline with the artistic standards of performance. The study of music is essential to being generally well educated and the students develop a foundation for teaching, performing and other career-oriented skills through the courses offered at the Department. The students will be involved and exposed to the creative process of Music, develop an understanding of music, impart knowledge of music, composers, skill training in Veena and other instruments and increase musical skills by means of the courses offered. The Department seek to foster a society that values music both as part of a universal education, and as an essential expression of the human experience and spirit.


    • to develop awareness of music and its connection with our culture.
    • to support the students in developing their musical skills and knowledge in the context of arts education by conducting series of Workshops and Live stage programmes
    • to stimulate the highest standards of research, innovation, and leadership in music composition, teaching, performance, technology, education, and advocacy
    • to support the students in developing their musical skills and knowledge in the context of arts education by commencing new courses in Fine Arts viz; Instruments ( violin, veena) ,dance and visual Arts.
    • to offer a high-quality arts education that engages students as they pursue their personal, academic, and professional goals and empower students to create their own music through composition, arranging, and improvisation.
    • to support the students in developing their musical skills and knowledge in the context of arts education by commencing full-fledged courses under various branches of Fine Arts and thereby to convert the Department into a School of Fine Arts.
    • to provide leadership in the fields of musicology, performance, practice, and music education, and to mould next generation of leaders in these fields.
    • to develop in the student an understanding and appreciation of the various types, styles, and forms of music
    • to equip the students to become proactive scholar-practitioners in music education ;,and promote the academic education of students.

     Genesis of the Department

    • 1957 -Introduction of Bachelor’s Degree in Music
    • 2004 - Introduction of Bachelor’s Degree in Music
    • 2011- Introduction of Research Programme


    The objectives of the department are:

    • Inculcating the knowledge of music among the students.
    • Attain thorough knowledge in Music and become entrepreneur and performing artist
    • Providing skill training to use veena and other instruments.
    • Exposing the students to perform individually with confidence.
    • Equip knowledge about the prominent musicians, composers and their contributions towards
    • Carnatic Music

    Thrust Area of Research

    • Indian Culture and Music
    • Music Literature
    • Raga and Rasa
    • Music Therapy
    • Time Theory of Ragas
    • Music Notation Teaching
    • Music and Mathematics
    • Musical Ethics
    • Applied Music
    • Laya Aspects
    • Musical Aesthetics
    • Ethnomusicology
  • Facilities
    Facilities The Department is having Music Lab with Instuments such as Veena , Violin and Keyboard.The Department is also having ICT enabled class rooms with LCD projector for facilitating teaching- learning process.
  • Activities
    • Prayer Rendered
    • Evening Music Classes
    • Association Meetings
    • Bhajans
    • Prize Winners
    • Programmes Given Outside The Campus
    • Highlights
  • Programmes Offered

    Programmes Offered
    • B.A. : Music
    • M.A. : Music
    • PG.Dip.. : Music (from 2018-19 onwards)
    • PG.Dip.. : Bharathanatyam (from 2018-19 onwards)
    • M.Phil & Ph.D : Music


    • B.A. : Any group
    • M.A : B.A Music/any degree with a recognised two years diploma in Music
  • Syllabus, PSO & CO
  • Staff Profile
    Name of the Faculty Designation Specialization Year of Joining Mail id
    Dr.(Mrs.) V.Janaka Maya Devi
    Professor Music and Dance 1985 hod_music@avinuty.ac.in
    Dr.(Mrs.) A.V.Sajini
    M.A., Ph.D., NET
    Assistant Professor & HOD (i/c) 2014 sajini_mus@avinuty.ac.in
    Self Supporting staff
    M.A., LLB, NET
    Assistant Professor (Temp)
    Mrs.Sajitha Suku
    M.A., NET, Sangeetha Visharad (6 year course)
    Assistant Professor (Temp)
  • Consultancy Projects


    ‘Chinnanciru Kuyilgal’

    Art and culture are our Nation’s pride and wealth. To preserve the art and culture our ancestors prescribed some traditional poojas/ functions to be performed either everyday or on particular day and at a particular function. In the modern era, since the lifestyle has been changed and more deviations are in vogue, slowly the traditional art and culture as vanishing.

    Need for the project

    Music is the finest of fine arts. It was utilized for the devotional purpose and children were taught to learn devotional songs. Nowadays many TV channels are giving much importance to cine music and in singing competitions. Parents are motivating and encouraging their young children to get fame and name. Singing in the early morning and evening is not only good for the soul but also serves as a good breathing exercise. The air circulation is generated from the bottom of our stomach and it spreads to our heart, throat and head. So, our ancestors made their children to sing daily. Moreover, the lyrics of the devotional songs aim at the purification of the mind. The department of music aims to promote devotional and traditional songs through ‘Chinnanciru Kuyilgal’ program which is to be conducted for children in the age group of 5-15 years.

    Aim of the project

    To teach children in the age group of 5-15 years

    Devotional and Traditional songs.

    Devotional songs

    • Ancestors crystallized specific deities for specific days. For example : Sunday- Rama, Monday- Sivan, Tuesday- Murugan, Wednesday- Vinayagar, Thursday- Guru, Friday- Ambal and Saturday- Perumal.

    In traditional category- Marriage songs and Kolatta Jothirai songs and so on.

    In marriage songs- From the first day of inviting the Bride to the end of the marriage songs are available. But few songs like Maalai matrinal and Seetha Kalyanam are known to all.

    Through this project the songs for marriage will be taught to the children. Secondly Kolatta Jothirai was conducted for the purpose of having rain. The women in the village learn songs on Kolattam and perform it also. Each female will hold one stick in each hand and sing in praise of Lord. It is believed that when Kolatta Jothirai was performed for two days continuously the very next day the rain will pour.

    Even at present, we are longing for rain. So it is the apt time to teach Kolatta Jothirai songs the girl children and make them perform it.

    Objectives of the project

    • To improve the mental strength of children.
    • To promote culture and heritage.
    • To encourage the children to perform the stage program.
    • To gain knowledge about Traditional Arts.


    • Area of the study:

    This study will involve 5 to 15 year old children, both boys and girls from Coimbatore District.

    • Target group of participation:

    The study will select total number of 50 participants- both boys and girls from the age group of 5 to 15 year old.

    • Implementation of the study :

    Phase - I: The participants will be selected through the News paper advertisement and publicity through the media.

    Phase –II: Through verification of original school ID, students in the age group proof of 5to 15 will be selected.

    Phase-III: The selected participants will be taught different varieties of songs like kollatta jothirai songs, Bhajan songs on the different deities and so on.

    About the Institution

    Avinashilingam Institute for Home Science and Higher Education for Women established by the great patriot and philanthropist Dr.T.S.Avinashilingam Ayya in the year 1957 aims to provide higher education of global standards to women candidates. Presently the institution is marching towards excellence under the noble leadership of the chancellor Padmashri Dr.P.R.Krishnakumar and Dr.Premavathy Vijayan, Vice Chancellor. The Institution has been awarded ‘A’ status by the Ministry of HRD for its contribution to higher education and Research.

    Department of Music

    To fulfill our founder's dream to inculcate spirituality in the minds of students, the Department of Music was started in 1958 with one staff member and five students.

    Now it has been developed into a full-fledged department with a Head and two staff members. All the three staff members are Ph.D holders. The staff members are capable of teaching theory and vocal music. The teachers are talented to teach efficiently and also to give performances. The Department has UG, PG, M.Phil and Ph.D courses. Coaching is given to the students to sing Bhajans, folk music, Carnatic music and Tamil songs like Tevaram and Divya Prabandham.

    In the Board of Studies held in Music Department, the external experts appreciated and certified the staff members for their efficient work and used to give beautiful reports of the department. The department has conducted various Seminars, Workshops, Lecture Demonstrations and musical events in which many musicians took part.

    Sri Krishna Sweets

    The glory of an Institution is achieved by its Dharmic Commitments, its adherence to the Values and ethics expected of it, and its belief in working to the fullest satisfaction of the people it serves.”

    With this vision, Sri Krishna Sweets was founded in 1948 by Shri N K Mahadeva Iyer in Coimbatore, with a mission to serve the public with a professional catering house. His perseverance and innovation, with years of research into ingredients, technique and consumer taste, gave the world the highly delicious melting magic – the divine Mysurpa’, a delicacy loved by one and all, in India and abroad.

    Meticulously grown over the last six decades, today SKS is synonymous with superb taste, high quality and very good value food products. Having mastered the traditional art of sweet making, SKS has developed a new concept for bringing the divine SKS taste to the consumer. SKS is consistently striving for innovations without losing traditional values.

    The SKS is having a ‘family’ of dedicated employees, with a sense of harmony and oneness with the organization, enjoying camaraderie in the employer-employee relations.

    In the words of Mr M Murali, who manages the Chennai operations since 1996,” my elder brother, Mr M Krishnan, who looks after the other outlets, gave me the basic insight into this divine art and my brother is the source of inspiration and guidance to me to carry on with the business with zeal and commitment.””

    Today the Company makes range of Products which are available through 66 exclusive outlets in India and also through its branches in the UAE, USA, etc.

    Time Frame (Duration)

    Activity Time

    Preliminary work and selection of fellow and one month

    Training to trainer

    Surveying and selection of the participants two months

    Conduct Workshop – Bhajans

    ( weekly once with 2 hours duration-

    6 months X 4 days a week =24 classes/48 hours) six months

    Conduct Workshop – National Integration Songs

    ( weekly once with 2 hours duration-

    6 months X 4 days a week =24 classes/48 hours ) six months

    Conduct Workshop – Bharathiyar songs

    ( weekly once with 2 hours duration-

    6 months X 4 days a week =24 classes/48 hours) six months

    Stage Performance on

    • Bhajans
    • National Integration Songs
    • Bharathiyar songs

    by the participants

    ( 1 month X 4 days a week =4 classes) One month

    Report and documentation Two months

    (2 months X 4 days a week = 8 classes)

    Total Period 24 months

  • Awards/Achievements

    1. Prashanthi D was awarded ‘ Voice of Angels’ in the event Voice of Coimbatore [2016-2017]

    2. Kavya H R was awarded First Prize in Music Competition conducted by Rotary Coimbatore and

    Nadopasana [2014]

    3. In a minute to minute competition, Sriraja Durga was awarded second prize for identifying ragas within a

    Minute [2016-2017]

  • Seminars/Conferences/ Workshops Conducted



    • 2013-14

    Puruliya Chau in collaboration with SPICMACAY

    Compositions of Muthu Thandavar by Dr.B Lalitha

    • 2014-15

    [1]Yakshagana-in collaboration with SPICMACAY

    [2]The compositions of Saint Tyagaraja by Smt. Radha Sathyanarayanan

    [3]The compositions of Sri Syamasastri by Smt Nirmala Srinivasan

    [4]The rare compositions of Sri Swati Tirunal Maharaja by Dr Mini

    • 2015-16


    Different techniques of playing Mandolin by Aravind Bhargav

    • 2016-17


    [1]Concept of mind in Tyagaraja Kritis by Dr V.R.Dileep Kumar

    [2] Compositions of Seergazhi Moovar by Dr B Lalitha

    [3] Compositions of different eminent composers by Smt.Radha Sathyanarayanan

    [4]Compositions of Musical Trinity by Dr Srilekha Panicker

    [5] MS-Isai Kuyil by Dr Uma Naresh

    • 2017-18


    [1]Musical forms by Dr.V R Dileep Kumar

    [2] Tana Varnam by Sri Sivaramakrishnan

    [3]Compositions of Sri Purandaradasar by Smt Meena Subrahmanyam

    [4] Tamil compositions by Mrs V Jayasree

    [5]Navaratri kritis by Smt Dhanalakshmi

  • Research Programmes

    M.Phil Research Programme awarded





    Year of Completion

    Scholars from Host / Other Institution

    M Geethavinya

    Dr. Raja Sir M. Annamalai Chettiyar Tamizhisaikku aatriya thondu

    Dr. V. Janaka Maya Devi




    Kavya H R

    An Analytical Study of Dhatu and Mathu aspects of Dr. Balamuralikrishna’s Varnams

    Dr. V. Janaka Maya Devi




    Sanisha C

    Rhetorical beauties of Swathithirunal Maharaja’s Tamilnadu Kshethra kritis- A study

    Dr. V. Janaka Maya Devi




    Soumya K. S

    An analytical study on Harikesanallur Muthiah Bhagavathar’s selective rare raga kritis in the jenya of Dhirashankarabharana

    Dr. V. Janaka Maya Devi



    Other Institution

    Supriya A

    Rhetorical beauties in Samashti Charana Kritison Lord Ganeshaof Muthuswami Dikshitar

    Dr. V. Janaka Maya Devi



    Other Institution

    N. Nandhini

    Bharathanatiya margathil Paripadalin sevvel- oru noku

    Dr. V. Janaka Maya Devi




    S. Kavitha

    Sowdaiyavum Lalgudi Jayaramanum – oru oppidu

    Dr. V. Janaka Maya Devi




    Nandhini R

    An analytical study of the compositions of Tyagaraja in Navarasa aspectswith special reference toRamayana

    Dr. V. Janaka Maya Devi




    Praseeda Bal

    Comparative study of the kritis of Tyagaraja and Papanasam Sivan in the raga Kharaharapriya

    Dr. V. Janaka Maya Devi



    Other Institution

    Bindu J. R

    Study of Muthuswami Dikshitar kritis in raga Dhirashankarabharana and its derivatives

    Dr. V. Janaka Maya Devi



    Other Institution

  • Future Plan

    Career Opportunities

    Music is a job oriented course and so after learning the UG course they are earning through giving performance ahead through taking tuitions.

    At present schools are offering music as one of the subjects and some institutions are offering as a 'Interest subject' and so after the three years course most of them are employed

    Future Plans Or Thrust

    The department in future aspires to produce cassettes on

    • Folk songs of Kongunadu
    • The traditional music is Kongunadu
    • Ritual music in Kongunadu

    The department is awaiting for the approval for M.Phil from UGC.

  • Publications