Course Duration50 Weeks
This course will include lessons designed to ready a musician for a professional career. Picking up where Bombay C N Balaji’s previous course left off, this course will begin guiding students through incorporating proper aesthetics for musical composition. This course will also provide instruction on the importance of pauses during a concert, as well as proper construction and delivery of Carnatic solos.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be prepared to enter the musical world with the highest level of expertise, accompanying other musicians as well as performing solo recitals. Students will benefit from the continuity provided by progressing through this series with the devotion of one mridangam master.
ABOUT THE TEACHER: Bombay C N Balaji is a renowned mridangam player with 40 years of experience in the field. After decades of learning from gurus, Bombay C N Balaji has a deep respect for the relationship between student and instructor. He expects full commitment from his students as he guides them through the process of learning the components required to be a great mridangam player. Beginning his studies in his youth, Balaji first performed with professional artists at the age of eleven accompanying the violin maestro Prof. T N Kirshnan and A grade artist from All India Radio, Prasar Bharati. Balaji has performed with many musical exponents while touring in the USA, Far East, Middle East, and Sri Lanka. Balaji has also given numerous lectures and demonstrations encompassing the intricacies of rhythm and highlighting the greatness of legendary percussion artists in the field.
Students enrolling for this course on ipassio can be sure that they receive individual attention from the teacher, as the class strength is limited to 1 or 2 students. It also gives teachers the opportunity, to gauge their students progress in depth and make changes whenever and wherever required, to ensure the student gets the maximum out of this course. Since this course is detailed, students get the advantage of learning intricate details about this art form. The limited strength of the class also ensures that there is a strong bond between the students and their teacher clearing out any inhibitions that the student might have. The sustained guidance available from the teacher ensures that the student does not deviate from set goals or targets. Learning from a revered, experienced exponent of this art form, through the long duration of this course, keeps the student inspired and motivated to achieve more.
As the fourth course in a series, it is a prerequisite that students complete Bombay C N Balaji’s 'Intermediate Mridangam' before enrollment. Students must have their own mridangam and be prepared to make the time commitment necessary to not only promptly attend online sessions, but also practice independently throughout the week. This course lasts 100 weeks, however true mastery of an instrument takes years of learning and practice. It is important for students to understand this commitment when enrolling.