Learn How To Play Sitar Online | Basics Of Sitar | Basics Of Hindustani Music

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Course Summary

This long term beginner course, Introduction to Indian Classical Music on Sitar and Vocal will span over 49 weeks. This course will introduce students to the Indian classical instrument, Sitar, Sitar basics and basics of Hindustani music. Students enrolling for this course will train to play Hindustani classical music on the Sitar. On conclusion of this course, the student would have learnt to play the basic alankaras and a few basic ragas on the sitar.

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Classical sitar
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Course Details

This long-term course for beginners, Basics of Sitar | Hindustani Classical, will approximately be a year long course. Students enrolling for this course are advised to read up about the instrument, sitar, its history and relevance in Hindustani classical music. The course will commence by educating students on the parts of the Sitar. Moving on, the first half of the course will be dedicated to teaching students the seven notes in the Hindustani classical form of music, (Sa, Re, Ga, Ma, Pa, Dha, Ni). The mentioned notes are the foundation of Hindustani classical music which students will practice in different patterns. The different patterns are referred to as Alankars in the context of Hindustani classical music. Student through the duration of this course will be practising alankars or patterns of swars (notes) in different speeds, referred to as shuddha swar alankar, komal swar alankar and teevre swar alankar. They will be practising the seven notes or swars in different permutations and combinations in both ascending and descending order. This course lays emphasis on students to spell out or sing the swaras to get the understanding of tones, as it is important to be aware of the tones to be able to replicate it on the instrument. Understanding the tone holds importance as it is required for the next step, which would detail out the process of tuning the sitar. While undergoing training on the different alankars and sargam, students are simultaneously taught the right posture when playing the sitar. Once the students are well versed with the concept of swar, sargam and alankars and are confident about their posture, they get introduced to different ragas like bhupali, yemen, bilawal and kafi. The latter part of the course concentrates on students practising all that has been taught through the course.

After successful completion of this course, students can gear themselves for the next course by Subrata De: Basics of Sitar | Hindustani Classical | Level I

About Subrata De: Space is a constraint when describing the humongously talented Sitar player, Subrata De. Born in Jamshedpur, Subrata’s first few years of training was under the guidance of Shri Amarjit Singh in Jamshedpur. He later went on to train with Surmani Bauri Bandhu Sethi of Bhubaneshwar, before mastering the art of Sitar playing in the Bishnupur Gharana style under the astute stewardship of Pandit Manilal Nag. In the guidance of Pandit Manilal Nag, Subrata De flourished with his art imbibing special capabilities training in Dhrupad and Gayaki style, Tankarin, Alapang, Gatkari, the identifying features of Bishnupur Gharana. Through the years Subrata De released multiple albums and vowed audiences not just in India but the world over. A listed artist with All India Radio, he is a member of multiple panels such as the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, Zonal Cultural Centre (Dept. of Culture) Govt, of India, Sangeet Natak Akademi, Sangeet Natak Parishad. His growing stature as a Sitar maestro sees him travel around the world to train artists eager to learn the Sitar.

Value Additions

Undergoing the beginner's course in Sitar will not just help you learn about the instrument and its upkeep but by the end of the course, you will be able to play the classical instrument with accompanying vocals, rendering the taught ragas such as Bhupali, Yaman, Bilawal or Kafi.

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 accrues dual benefits for anyone pursuing it. One it introduces and trains students on sitar, secondly, it helps create a strong foundation in Hindustani classical vocals to accompany the instrument.


The course requires the students to possess a sitar in good playing condition.

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How much time should a student practice each day?
Apart from attending classes and practising in the company of the Guru, students should invest one hour every day for practice. They should watch the maestros of Hindustani classical music perform as much as time permits, in order to learn intricate details about the style of music.
What are the expectations from students enrolling for this course?
Students should have a spiritual leaning. They should be dedicated to learning Hindustani classical music. They should have the love for nature and have an appreciative view on life.
Are there students who are tough to be taught?
Students who are indifferent and do not respect the guru-shishya, tradition are a misfit for this course to learn and play Sitar online.
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, a week 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 a week's 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 class?
In case the teacher is unavailable for the scheduled class, he/she will inform the students one week 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.
What extra course material can the student expect from the teacher?
Apart from the live demonstration and training, students will be provided with English language books about Hindustani classical music, audio clips for 30 ragas to cope up with notations and other PDF files.
How much time does it take a student to perform in front of an audience?
Students need to practice for a minimum of 2 to 3 years to be able to perform a 10 to 15 minutes solo performance on stage.

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