The Department of Music, Kannur University was established in 2002. The Dept offers MA Music programme and PhD. So far 17 batches of students have passed out from this Dept. This Dept is the only Dept offering PG programme in Music in the Malabar area. The Department is functioning at Swami Ananda Theertha Campus, Kannur University, Edat, Payyanur. The Dept has a well equipped library with more than 1800 books and more than 10 journals. Department of Music has a good collection of CD’s of well known musicians and possesses variety of musical instruments such as Tambura, Veena, Violin, Mridangam, Key Board, Harmonium etc. The Dept is active in the research of various areas of music. So far 7 scholars have been awarded PhD. 2 researchers have submitted their PhD thesis.
The Dept of Music conducts Invited Lecture classes by famous Carnatic musicians, Writers, Critics etc. and also organizes music concerts of eminent Carnatic musicians. During the past ten years, more than 100 Musicians have conducted classes and concerts. Also, several seminars and workshops in collaboration with Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, Ministry of Culture, Government of India, New Delhi; All India Radio; South Zone Cultural Centre, Thanjavur, Ministry of Culture, Government of India, and Folklore Academy, Kannur, Governemnt of Kerala have been conducted.
Music, being a performing art, the Dept of Music is actively engaged in various Music programmes and Cultural programmes organized in different parts of the country. Our students have presented programmes of music over Radio, Television, at important festivals. Alumni of the Department have made a mark in the field of Music and many are well known performers. Our students are regular participants in Seminars conducted by other Universities.