Music or any form of classical art is held in high esteem in Indian culture, and one can imagine years of sadhana and guru-sishya parampara happening from the word go. However, times have changed, so have learning patterns, and now the world of learning has been disrupted big-time by the pandemic.
So, the whole world has gone digital, and one finds one’s self online. However, one would wonder how music could be learned online without face-to-face interaction with the guru? One such thought triggered in the mind of entrepreneur Lakshminarayana Yeluri, founder of online edtech platform Muzigal.
Today, they have 10,000 users, 400 teachers, and 120 employees on board. The sole objective of the initiative, which was almost waiting to happen in the music scene, is to democratize the learning of music and provide multiple avenues at one go for the ardent students of the art form.
Lakshminarayana moved from Vizag to Hyderabad in 2007 and has made the city his home. At Muzigal, one has a wide array of teachers to imbibe melody and rhythm from or catch a video clip of a maestro or take trial classes with them (up to three). And if the choices get overwhelming, then one can opt for an online counselor.
Also, through Muzigal, many students get trained for big leagues such as Trinity College, London, ABRSM (exam board of Royal Schools of Music), Rockschool (an international music board), and more. As far as India is concerned, one could aim for Andhra Mahila Sabha Arts and Science College for Women, Potti Sreeramulu Telugu University, and Gandharva Mahavidyalaya.
However, Muzigal was founded not just with the objective of helping out students; their dual purpose is to empower teachers who can gain financially and establish their own academies thanks to the exposure they get through the edtech platform.
Lakshminaryana says he is obliged to Kalaari Capital for backing them all through and assures that whatever a student needs in terms of theory, performance, technical, examination, or anything, Muzigal will have a tutor waiting for them.