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The Milapfest Institute for Indian Arts (MIIA) opens at Liverpool Hope University

On 1st October 2014 Milapfest and Liverpool Hope University opened the new Milapfest Institute for Indian Arts at the University’s Creative Campus in Everton.

MIIA was inaugurated by the Vice Chancellor of Liverpool Hope University, Professor Gerald Pillay and MIIA’s principle donor, Mr RT Chari, a well-known philanthropist from Chennai, India and the founder of the TAG Digital Archive, a vast resource of live music and dance recordings that are now held on eight computers at the Institute’s home at Liverpool Hope University’s Creative Campus.

Executive Director of Milapfest, Dr Prashant Nayak said: “I hope that in future years we will see the Institute become a great home for learning Indian music and dance in the UK and Europe, and with its library and rare digital archives will enrich the educational offer of Liverpool Hope University”.

Part of Milapfest and Hope University’s on-going partnership, the Milapfest Institute for Indian Arts will offer students, academics and the general public the opportunity to access a vast archive of Indian music and dance resources. In the future, the Institute will also host enhanced higher education through visiting faculty, special lecture series, seminars and conferences, as well as the Indika Festival and artistic programme.

A large physical archive of books, DVDs, magazines and publications about Indian dance and music are held alongside the digital archive of music. Milapfest is grateful to Shruti magazine for donating copies of their past 30 years publications.

The current content of the Institute’s archive includes:

  • 6,000 hours of live music concert recordings
  • Audio files from approximately 10,000 gramophone records
  • Digital videos of live dance programmes of Bharatanatyam and other classical dance forms of India
  • An extensive CD library of Hindustani and Carnatic music
  • Library of music and dance related magazines and books.

To discuss archival submissions or arrange to visit the Institute please contact, IT and Education Manager Dr Yuvaraj Kolupola at or call 0151 291 2091.

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