The India National Youth Orchestra is an empanelled organization by the ‘Indian Council for Cultural Relations’ which is under the aegis of the “Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India”.
The India National Youth Orchestra was created to give young Indian musicians the chance of developing their talents and being exposed to western orchestral repertoire. A major part of western instruments is used to build up a symphony orchestra; solo repertoire and lessons are incomplete without orchestra experience and this is unfortunately not available to young musicians in India. Hence our project endeavors to complement the existing western music education. The student is exposed to masterpieces of western symphonic literature and will also learn team work, coordination and group dynamics – all these personal attributes are important for the success of an orchestra as a whole and also add to personality development of an individual. The India National Youth Orchestra also collaborates with the Oxford Mission in Kolkata and the Gandhi Ashram in Kalimpong emphasizing on the participation of underprivileged youth in this project.
We emphasize, that the orchestra performs new symphonic music with Indian content for our concerts and international events. The first composition of this kind was the arrangement of the Rajasthani folk song “Pallu Latke”. At present we have about 150 young musicians who come from twelve different Indian states and demonstrate the unity in the cultural diversity of their country. We see ourselves as bridge builders between the various cultures of India as well as cultural ambassadors of India in the world.