Basics of Hindustani Classical Vocals | Hindustani Vocal Lessons | Level I

First Name
Ashvini
Last Name
Modak
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Course Summary

This course for beginners covers the basics of Hindustani classical vocal music in 12 weeks. Taught by award-winning vocalist and experienced teacher Ashvini Modak, this course is best for those looking to foster an interest in classical singing. Students will gain a foundational understanding of how to sing classical music from an expert during live, online, face-to-face lessons. On the successful completion of this course on Hindustani vocal lessons, students can expect to understand and be able to sing simple ragas.

Course Duration
12 Weeks
Number of Students per section
2
Course Level
Beginner
Instruction Language
English
Taught On
Skype
Individuals
US$24.00
per week per student
1 week =
1
sessions
1 session(s) =
60
minutes

Educator Profile

Educator Profile

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Instructor
First Name
Ashvini
Last Name
Modak
Number of years of relevant experience
25 Years
Teacher skill Keywords
Hindustani Vocals
Study Details
Master of Music (Gold Medalist)
Khairagarh University, Chattisgarh
Sangeet Visharad
Gandharv Mandal, Mumbai
Work Details
Organization / Institute Name
In the Gurukul of Padma Bhushan Dr. Prabha Atre Foundation
Organization / Institute Name
Shankar Mahadevan Academy

Description

This long-term course provides beginning students with an introductory knowledge of Indian classical vocal music basics and techniques. Lessons start with learning and understanding Shuddha swaras, the seven standard notes of the Indian classical scale. These Hindustani vocal lessons include standing note practices with correct vowel sounds. Students will also learn alankar, the note patterns in Hindustani classical tradition, in swara and akar. Once the basics have been covered, students will learn raga Bhupali Aroha Awaroha with simple bandish.

This course is best for students who have not had previous vocal training in Hindustani classical vocal tradition but have an interest in music and singing. Ashvini’s students have the opportunity to learn from a vocalist with over 20 years of experience, leading them to a foundational understanding of Hindustani classical vocal tradition by the end of the 12 weeks. Students who enjoyed the course and wish to have a more in-depth understanding may move on to the second level taught by Ashvini Modak, the Basics of Hindustani Classical Vocals - Level II.

About Ms. Ashvini Modak: Ms. Ashvini Modak is a promising talent in the field of Hindustani Classical Music. She has an inborn talent for music from early childhood and studying since the age of five, Ashvini was introduced to music by her mother, talented vocalist Smt. Latika V. Vyaghrambare. Her grandfather Late Shri P. G. Sukhatme was also a stage artist of Marathi theatre. Ashvini ji also has a master’s degree in music from Khairagarh University and diplomas in classical vocals, Hindustani vocals, electrical engineering.  Ashvini ji was first tutored by the renowned Sitar maestro Pt. Shri Bimlendu Mukherjee of Imdadkhani Gharana for several years. After this, she became a disciple of renowned vocalist "Padmabhushan" Dr. Prabha Atre and she now belongs to Kirana Gharana.

Apart from being proficient in Khyal gayaki, Ashvini ji has also enthralled the audiences in rendering semi-classical forms like Thumri, Dadra and Bhajans. The recipient of many awards and achievements, Ashvini is an expert in Hindustani classical tradition. She is a B High-grade artist of All India Radio (AIR) Pune. She has also selected for empanelment in the “ICCR’s Reference Panel of Artistes”. She has given several performances all over the country and abroad. She is working as a faculty at the Gurukul of Dr. Prabha Atre Foundation. She has participated in workshops & seminars on semi-classical music (Thumri – Dadra) as an instructor along with “Padmabhushan Dr. Prabha Atre” at Goa (organized by Govt. Of Goa).

Her notable performances includes performance at Ustad Abdul Karim Khan Punyatithi Mahotsava - Miraj, Gharana Festival - Delhi, Haridas Sammelan, Dadar Matunga Cultural Centre, Karnataka Sangh, NCPA-Mumbai, Pulotsava, Gaanvardhan,-Pune, Chakradhar Samaroha – Raigarh, TTD – Tirupati, Trafo House Of Music- Hungary Europe, Vedic Heritage - New York. She has performed on stages in India and abroad and has spent many years teaching vocals in the classroom and online.

The ipassio Edge

Students enrolling for this Long-term course on ipassio have the advantage of getting introduced to or learn the intricacies of an art form, from an experienced exponent of the art. Long-term courses deal with creating a strong foundation on a specific topic. The syllabus of a Long-term course is predefined and ready before the commencement of the course. This gives students an understanding of the knowledge they will gain in the stipulated period of time, helping them in their planning and decision making. The persistent support from teachers enables the student to accomplish and achieve the desired result or outcome within the given time frame. The class strength for this course is limited to 3, ensuring that each student gets attention. A set of 3 individuals enrolling for this course encourages learning from peers and social interaction. This Long-term course bodes good for students passionate about learning, setting them up for the long-term or advanced level of learning.

Prerequites

Students will require an electronic tanpura or an online tanpura app and writing materials for taking notes. All other course materials are provided by me.

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FAQs

Question
How much time should a student devote to practice everyday?
Answer
Students interested and passionate to learn Hindustani vocal lessons, should devote at least 30 minutes to practice every day.
Question
What if the student is unable to attend an upcoming class?
Answer
The student is required to inform the teacher about his absence from a particular session, two day prior to the class. In such a case, the teacher will reschedule the class and conduct the rescheduled class on or before the end (i.e. Saturday) of the ensuing week or such other time as may be mutually decided between the teacher and the student. In case the student misses to give two days prior notice about his absence to the teacher, then the decision to conduct another class for that student is completely based on teacher’s discretion.
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What if the teacher wishes to reschedule the class?
Answer
In case the teacher is unavailable for the scheduled class, he/she will inform the students two day prior to the class. The teacher will conduct the rescheduled class on or before the end (i.e. Saturday) of the ensuing week or such other time as may be mutually decided between the teacher and the student.
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How long will it take for the teacher to respond if the student raises a question after class hours through mail or the platform?
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Students should get a response within 24 hours if the teacher is not preoccupied or travelling.

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