The Video Music Lab (VML) at the Centre for the Study of Music (CSM) of the National Institute of Science and Technology (NIS) will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday, as part of a series of initiatives to create a digital hub for music in India.
The institute, which will be open to the public, will provide a research platform for students and scholars to learn how to create their own soundtracks using modern technology.
The lab will focus on the development of digital music creation tools and applications, and the creation of digital libraries of music.
It will also develop a platform for digital libraries and other data storage and archiving.
The Centre for Research in the Digital World (CREDW), a private organisation which was founded by NIS director-general K Srinivasan, will also be part of the institute.CREDWs role will be to promote and provide training for Indian artists, music educators and musicians in digital music and video, and to facilitate access to these fields through the development and dissemination of information on the subject.
The Institute will also work with the government and industry to develop music production and distribution platforms.
The announcement of the VML was made after a five-day programme that had invited more than 300 students and researchers from across the country to participate.
The VML is one of the major programmes of the NIS which is dedicated to the study of music and culture.
The CSM will be the primary centre for the development, analysis and dissemination in India of new music technologies, with a focus on digital technology.
In January, the CSM launched the VLMC, a new online portal for the study and research of Indian music.
The new portal, which is set to launch in September, will help students and academics explore the impact of the new music technology in India, as well as how music and other cultural content can be shared across borders.
The centre is expected to attract more than 3,000 researchers and students.