Established in 1926, the department of Music acquired a distinctive identity within the discipline of Music Vocal/Sitar/Tabla and Musicology. With its inception in 1926, the music association of the University of Allahabad started with the President Dr. Tara Chand and Dr. D.R. Bhattacharya as its Vice-President. The department started with instruction in diploma courses of music and in 1950, Music was accepted as one of the optional subject in B.A.. Postgraduate teaching in Vocal and Sitar started in 1974 and Tabla in 1997. Besides certificate courses in the junior and senior diploma of music are included in the curriculum, several students for last 20 years have been awarded D.Phil. degrees under the supervision of qualified staff.
The Department has a glorious tradition of musical conferences and activities which go back to 1926 when the first Music Conference was attended by renowned musicians at Vajayanagram Hall in the Muir Central College. The chain of conferences held in 1930, 31, 32, 34, 35 was revived again in 1980, 84, 85 when a galaxy of reputed artists performed at Senate Hall of Allahabad University. Over the years the department has seen many fruitful prosperous years. The highlights of Department are briefly put up here.