Basics of Kanjira | Level I

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Dr S Sankar

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Course Summary

This long term intermediate course will teach students four of the seven most important talas in carnatic music. Students enrolling for this course will learn adi, rupakam, mishra chapu and the kanda chapu talams. Students completing this course successfully will be able to give a solo performance adhering to the 4 talams taught.

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Tamil Nadu

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54 Weeks
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Dr S Sankar
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16 Years Experience
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Course Details

This course will introduce students to the four basic talams of the seven important talams practiced in carnatic music. Students will get to understand and practice adi talam which is one of the most popular tala or rhythm used in carnatic music. Adi talam is also otherwise addressed as chaturasra jaati triputa tala having 8 units or aksharams and is the most frequently used and identified talam. Each talam is expressed in a particular manner, in this instance, the palm beats the thigh for the first beat, followed by counting three on the fingers, equalling four beats. The next four beat count is achieved by clapping the right hand palm on the left palm and reverse, twice. Similarly students will learn about the rupaka talam which comprises of six aksharas, mishra chapu having seven aksharas and kanda chapu talam which consists of five aksharas. Students will learn in depth the various ways of denoting the different talams and expressing the rhythmic pattern of the talams in the form of music through the instrument, Kanjira. The intensive training on the four talams will enable students to play solo in the taught talams.

If the student wants to learn more insights on the Basic's of playing Kanjira, Here is another course tailored by Nerkunam Dr. S. Sankar: Basics Of Kanjira | How To Play Kanjira Instrument | South Indian Percussion Instruments

About Nerkunam Dr. S. Sankar: Hailing from Nerkunam village in Tamil Nadu, Dr.S. Sankar was poised for worldwide acclaim, as a Kanjira artist. He started training in percussion in carnatic music at the age of 12 under the guidance of Sri. P. T. Subramaniam followed by Sri Srivanchiyam Gopalan. His skills and talent got more lustrous after he took training under renowned Kanjira artist G. Harishankar following the gurukula vasam tradition or residing at the teacher’s residence for the duration of his intensive training. Dr. Sankar, an A graded artist by All India Radio has won many accolades, special among them, winner of the all india competition conducted by All India Radio in 1999, the prestigious Yuva Kala Bharathi from Bharat Kalachar in 2011. Nerkunam Dr. S. Sankar currently resides in Chennai imparting training to students interested in learning the Kanjira. He also oversee the organising of an event devoted to his guru, G. Harishanker, for which he is the convener and secretary. 

Value Additions

You will learn in depth four talams which will equip you with the knowledge to understand and comprehend other talams. You will learn the exact way of expressing different talams through hand clapping, movements and gestures. By the end of this course you would be able to play on the Kanjira, four talams, adi, rupaka, mishra chapu and kanda chapu without any assistance.

The ipassio Edge

Students enrolling for this long term course on ipassio can be sure that they receive individual attention from the teacher, as the class strength is limited to 3 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, long term courses are 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.

Course Specific Benefits

This course will help students dig deep into carnatic music and understand the fundamentals of four of the talams from a group of seven important talams. A strong foundation in understanding and comprehending the four talams will enable students to learn the remaining three talams in quick time, besides being able to play the learnt talams, solo on the Kanjira. This course will further erect your foundation in carnatic music helping you pursue learning the Kanjira through the next levels.


Students wishing to enroll for this course should have completed the basics of Kanjira course before enrolling.

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Wed 08:30 AM - 09:15 AM America/New_York
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Thu 11:30 PM - 12:15 AM America/New_York
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How much time should a student practice everyday?
A minimum of 2 hours of practice is required by students pursuing this course.
What extra material related to this course will students receive?
Students will receive PDF file to assist their learning. They will also get video clips when required.
Is there a prerequisite for students enrolling for this course?
Students enrolling for this course should have completed the basics in kanjira.
Do you have any expectations from the student?
Yes, the student is required to play and demonstrate all that he learn in the last class.
What if the student is unable to attend an upcoming class?
The student is required to inform the teacher about his absence from a particular session, two days 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.
What if the teacher wishes to reschedule a class?
In case the teacher is unavailable for the scheduled class, he/she will inform the students two days 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.
Would you be assessing the student? Do they get certificates after completing the course?
The assessment as mentioned will be at the commencement of every class when the student will need to demonstrate playing the kanjira all that he learnt in the previous session. No, students will not be provided certificates for this course.
Can this course be customized?
No, this a standard course and cannot be customized.
How long will it take for you to revert to a query from a student?
Any query for the teacher will be resolved within a few hours.

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