Basics Of Konnakol | Vocal Percussion - Level I | Mridangam / Konnakol Exercises, Lessons

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Manjunath
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BC
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Course Summary

This course is an introductory course to teach students the basics of Konnakol or voice percussion practiced in Carnatic or South Indian Classical music. Konnakol can also be termed as the mimic of the mridangam instrument. Konnakol is the art of reciting syllables while simultaneously counting the tala by hand. Students successfully completing this course will be able to render taught syllables in form of words or sentences inside the frame of a rhythmic cycle or tala.

Course Duration
25 Weeks
Number of Students per section
2
Course Level
Beginner
Instruction Language
English
Taught On
Skype
Individuals
US$42.00
per week per student
1 week =
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1 session(s) =
60
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Instructor
First Name
Manjunath
Last Name
BC
Number of years of relevant experience
30 Years
Teacher skill Keywords
Konnakol
World Musician
Study Details
Ganakalabhushana K N Krishnamurthy, Sangeetha Kalanidhi Dr T K murthy
Work Details
Organization / Institute Name
Freelance Musician

Description

This course is the foundation course for learning Konnakol or voice percussion in Carnatic or South Indian Classical music. Konnakol can also be termed as the mimic of a mridangam instrument. In this course students get a brief introduction about the origins of Konnakol and its relation to the percussion instrument mridangam. They get introduced to the terms used in the artform and their meaning for e.g akshara meaning a beat within a tala. Further on students will be taught the different syllables that combine to form words or sentences framed within a rhythmic cycle. Syllables such as Tha. Dhi, Thom, Dha Kita are recited verbally, mimicking the sounds of a percussion instrument, more so the mridangam.  Students will also learn about tala or rhythmic cycle which relates to the rhythmic pattern in any composition. Moving ahead, this course will teach students about the different hand movements that accompany the vocal recital of syllables in Konnakol. Students will then be taught jathi or reciting a string of vocal syllables in Konnakol. Students will also get educated on the basic lessons such as balapathas meaning basic solfeges, paluvarasas, mohras, korvai, nades or subdivision of beats.

After successful completion of this course, students can gear themselves for the next course which will look in detail at the different patterns of Konnakol, dwelling further into the tala system: Basics of Konnakol | Vocal Percussion - Level II

About BC Manjunath: Representing the fourth generation of musicians in his family, BC Manjunath has been practicing the mridangam for the last 35 years. Performing on stage for the last 30 years, BC Manjunath has had the good fortune of performing alongside the greatest exponents of music namely Pt. Ravi Shankar, Dr. M. Balamuralikrishna, Mysore M. Nagraj, Dr. Suma Sudhindra, Gnana Kalabhushana K.N. Krishnamurthy and many more. Having trained under the illustrious Sangeet Kalanidhi Dr. T. K. Murthy, BC Manjunath himself has been teaching since the age of 15. Touring across the world, the vocal percussionist has performed at more than 45 countries, performing at some of the well renowned landmark locations such as Sydney Opera House, Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York and many more. 

Value Additions

Enrolling for this course you will get first hand experience learning Konnakol the art from of reciting vocal syllables in Carnatic or South Indian Classical music. You will have a firm understanding of rhythm and rhythmic cycles that form the base of vocal percussion. You will also get trained on the hand movements that are used simultaneously alongside vocal rendition. On conclusion of this course you would be trained to present a string of vocal syllables in tala or rhythmic cycle. This course sets you up perfectly, for pursuing the advance course in Konnakol.

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 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, 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

Students pursuing this course get to learn an exciting form of music, i.e vocal percussion in Carnatic music. Getting trained under the able guidance of BC Manjunath considered a vidwat, derived from the word vidwan, meaning individual with immense knowledge, students can be sure they begin in the right direction in their quest of mastering the artform of Konnakol. This course gives students the perfect start to further pursue their ambitions of learning Konnakol.

Prerequites

As with learning any art form, the students should have child-like curiosity, dedication, interest and perseverance to learn the art of Konnakol.

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FAQs

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 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.
Question
What if the teacher wishes to reschedule a class?
Answer
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.
Question
Is there an age restriction for enrolling for this course?
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Yes, students enrolling for this course should be 12 years or older.
Question
As Konnakol is the mimic of the mridangam, do students also get to learn the mridangam?
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No, students only get to learn vocal percussion in this course.
Question
Since there is a lot of emphasis on sound do students require a specific sound system or headset?
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Students are advised to have good quality speakers or headphones for this course.
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Do students need to know mridangam to enroll for this course?
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No, though knowing the mridangam can be an advantage it is not an absolute requirement.
Question
How much time should a student practice everyday?
Answer
Since Konnakol is so much fun, students can enjoy practicing it whenever and wherever they desire, but a dedicated practice of half and hour to one hour is recommended.
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What extra course material will the student get apart from the live sessions?
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Students might get invited for lecture demonstrations or could accompany the teacher for concerts to learn the nuances or Konnakol.
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Any expectation from students enrolling for this course?
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Students being dedicated to the art form and the guru will be appreciated.

Question
Can students with a stammering problem enroll for this course?
Answer
Yes, there is a possibility that the student can overcome his stammering through dedicated practice of Konnakol.
Question
What if the student is unable to attend an upcoming class?
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The student is required to inform the teacher about his absence from a particular session, 4 to 7 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.
Question
What if the teacher wishes to reschedule an upcoming class?
Answer
In case the teacher is unavailable for the scheduled class, he/she will inform the students 4 to 7 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.
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Will students enrolling for this course be assessed or given certificates?
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No, students enrolling for this course will not be assessed neither will they be given certificates.

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