Through sheer perseverance to spread the versatile knowledge of Fine Arts, Dr. Vishwanath Prasad H. started teaching music to a handful of aspirant guitar students. Later in 1996 the first branch of Rhythms was established by him at Kumarapark West in Bengaluru and was dedicated to his father late Sri K. S. Hazari Prasad - an ardent music lover. In a short span, he instituted six more branches exclusively dedicated to honour the gems of Indian classical music:
Rajajinagar Branch: Padma Vibhushan Pt. Ram Narayan (Sarangi Maestro)
Jayanagar Branch: Bharat Ratna Pt. Bhimsen Joshi (Doyen of Hindustani vocal)
Indiranagar Branch: Bharat Ratna Ustad Bismillah Khan (Shehnai Maestro)
Sanjaynagar Branch: Padma Vibhushan Dr. Balamurali Krishna (Doyen of Carnatic vocal)
Vijayanagar Branch: Padma Vibhushan Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia (Bansuri Maestro)
Koramangala Branch: Padma Vibhushan Pt. Jasraj (Doyen of Hindustani vocal)
It is a matter of pride that these exponents inaugurated our branches and have presented an iconic performance on the day as well! As a mark of respect to their eternal contribution to Indian classical music, a paving stone etched with their name has been laid at the respective branches.
Presently, the college stands tall in Bengaluru with seven branches symbolising the “Saptha Swaras” and has become India’s largest fine arts hub.