FAQs

SAMPADA is a certification program for students learning Indian Music and Dance. SAMAPADA certification is bestowed by SiliconAndhra in affiliation with Potti Sreeramulu Telugu University (PSTU), a NAAC accredited institution.

Making the personal investment in a certificate program shows your commitment and increases your value in the field . Achieving a certificate can give you a competitive edge in receiving program opportunities. It also shows your seriousness in the art form during your college application process.

Gurus themselves teach and prepare their students for the Certificate exams.

Yes, you can take the SAMPADA exam even if your teacher is not affiliated with the program. However, we encourage you to approach your Guru along with your fellow students to convince them to affiliate their school. This will allow you to get additional help.

After registering, you will receive the structured materials (textbooks and links to video and audio files). You will have an account setup on Canvas learning management system to access the audio and video resources; you can login and prepare for the exam.

There are four levels in the certification: Level-1, Level-2, Level-3, and Level-4. You achieve Junior certification in your art form after taking and clearing Level-1 and Level-2 exams. Senior
certification is achieved by taking Level-3 and Level-4 exams.

How long does it take to achieve Junior Level Certification? 2 years.
How long does it take to achieve Senior Level Certification? 2 years after achieving the
Junior Level Certification

2 years after achieving the Junior Level Certification

Silicon Andhra, in affiliation with Potti Sreeramulu Telugu University (PSTU), awards the certificates. Alongside the Certification, you will receive 16 credit hours from Potti Sreeramulu Telugu University (PSTU)

Silicon Andhra is currently working with accreditation agencies for the future consideration of SAMPADA for a-g credits. This is still in a work in progress but we sincerely hope to have updates soon.

While we do not teach classes, you can look through our list of Affiliated schools  and choose a school to best suit your needs.

Silicon Andhra SAMPADA is a nonprofit 501(c) organization. The fee paid is used for textbooks, audio and video materials, PSTU exam fee, administration charges and perational expenses to conduct the exams.

For taking each level the course fee is $300. The registration fee is $50 (paid only once before registering for Level 1)


Credits (16 credits after passing Junior Level and 16 credits after passing Senior Level) are awarded by Potti Sreeramulu Telugu University (PSTU), Hyderabad, India. Potti Sreeramulu Telugu University is accredited by University Grants Commission and has been in service for more than 30 years. While the credits are not transferable to other universities, they nevertheless showcase your seriousness towards the art form and structured learning from an accredited university.

Yes, a sample paper of both theory and practical portions of the exam is available on the Canvas learning management system.

No, video and audio material is provided for reference. You can follow your Guru’s style and will be judged only on your understanding of the material. In the case of dance, you can follow your Guru’s choreography and are not expected to do the same choreography as in the videos. In music, you can follow the pathanthara rendition of your guru. As long as your sahityam and rendition is technically singing correct, it will be accepted.

You can access the course material and progress of the students by affiliating to SAMPADA.