Sixty students of Indian Classical Dance from the Academy for Dance Music and Arts (IAID) successfully passed with flying colours the recent Nalanda Dance Research Centre Annual Graded Examinations which was held last January.

According to Dr Dimple Nair, IAID Artistic Director, IAID did not just achieve another 100% passing rate, but all the examinees got A level grades on their practical and theory tests.  She said that IAID will be continuing this high-level standard in training and will continuously promote the rich culture of the classical Indian dance form.

The Indian Classical Dance programme for girls is a seven-year certificate course. IAID is the only Academy outside India that offers certificate courses from the renowned Mumbai-based Nalanda Dance Research Centre. The course tackles the dance styles Bharatanatyam, Kathak and Mohiniattam. Certificates are awarded to graduates: Prarambhika after four years and Kovida after seven years. To date, the course has evolved into a nine-year course with students taking the master class to pursue their learnings further.

Dr Uma Rele, Examiner and Principal of Nalanda Dance Research Centre, said it has been delightful to see IAID grow through the years.

The standards of IAID in the Indian Classical Dance education, I believe, has gone par excellence amongst other institutions in Qatar.   I would like to extend my high regards to the IAID management, staff and students for always keeping the tradition of excellence in the Performing Arts industry.  

IAID is the first school of its kind in the Middle East. It was founded in 2001, and aimed to provide quality training in dance, music, arts and soft skill courses.  They have more than 1,200 students representing over 80 nationalities from around the globe.

Maintaining its high-calibre services, IAID is affiliated with prestigious organisations around the world and was in fact, awarded by Qatar Development Bank as one of the Top 50 SME in the country. The academy has a fully equipped dance, music, and art studios in two prime locations – Doha and their newly-opened branch in Al Wukair.  

For enquiries and more information, you may call these numbers: 4441 1234 / 4432 0974 (Al Hilal) and 4427 1155 / 4427 1166 (Al Wukair). You can also send an email to [email protected]. Visit to learn more about their courses.