ANAHAD is the center for Indian classical, folk and tribal music. Anahad aspires to preserve the tradition and promote its immense contemporary creativity in all its glory and diversity. It aims to become a centre for the enjoyment and appreciation of music. It also seeks to provide a lasting and creditable forum for research into and experiment with the possibilities of music. Anahad actively mediates the interdependence and exchange between the classical and the folk.
The chief activity of Anahad is organising performances of classical and folk music and dance. It organises several series of music concerts. Highly accomplished senior musicians are invited to perform in the classical music series Parampara. Saptak, another music programme, hosts well established and prominent musician while Arambh, as the name suggests, features promising young artists. In the last twenty seven years such virtuosi as Dhondutai Kulkarni, Asgari Bai, Mahadev Mishra, Damyanti Joshi, Nisar Hussain Khan, Shradchandra Arolkar, Mallikarjun Mansur, Kumar Gandharva, Gangu Bai Hangal ,Balwant Rai Bhatt, Yunus Hussain, Mashkoor Ali Khan, Zakir Hussain, Rajiv Taranath, Gokulotsava Maharaj, Vidhyadhar Vyas,, M.S.Gopalkrishnan, Ustad Alla Rakha, Kishori Amonkar, Vilayat Khan, Pandit Ravishankar, Bhimsen Joshi, L.Subramaniyam and Pt.Ramnarayan have performed at Bharat Bhavan. Scores of other musicians of various generations have participated in Anahad’s regular concert series.
Several Special programs have also been organised by Anhad, centred on top-notch artists, gharanas, styles, and musical instruments. These include Bhimsen Joshi Prasang, Krishnrao Shankar Pandit Prasang, “Pranam” a music concert on Mallikarjun Mansur, Thumri Prasang, Sarangi Mela, Sushir Vadya Samaroh, 'Jaipur' - a symposium on Jaipur gharana music tradition, 'Purush' - a dance festival centered on the male dancers and Nakkara Samaroh. Dialogues and lecture-demonstrations have been organised from time to time to expand and enhance the knowledge and appreciation of music and dance.
Anahad possesses an archival collection of two thousand hours of audio and video recordings, books on music and dance and over a hundred long playing records of foreign music to aid reference and research.