Basics Course on Violin | Hindustani Classical | Level 1

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Sharat Chandra
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Course Summary

This 18-week course is the foundation course for students wishing to learn to play violin in Hindustani classical style. The course will delve into two different ragas and their relationship with time. Hindustani classical ragas are categorised in terms of the time of the day when they can be played. Students enrolling for this course will learn ragas in relation to the time of day. They also get to polish their violin playing techniques, learning about the sitting posture, holding the violin as well as tuning it as per their need.

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Course Duration
36 Weeks
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Educator Profile

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First Name
Sharat Chandra
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Number of years of relevant experience
35 Years Experience
From: India
Teacher Skill Keywords
Fusion music
Senia Gharana
Study Details
Learnt Violin under my grandfather / Guru Pt. Joi Srivastava
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Violinist / Composer Performing Artist

Course Details

Students enrolling for this short term course to learn to play the violin will first get to know, a brief history of the instrument, violin. Next up, students will be introduced to the stringed instruments and its features. Further, in the course, students learn the correct sitting posture when playing the violin, alongside understanding on how to hold the bow and the finger techniques required. Progressing further the course will introduce students to two different ragas, namely raga bhupali and raga bhairav, their structure and the way to render it on the violin. They also learn about the significance of the ragas in relation to the different time frames in a day. Students will also be taught about teen tala or a rhythm cycle of 16 beats. This course will then divulge into training the students on playing the ragas in tandem with the 16 beat rhythmic cycle. Besides learning the basics of the two ragas and teen tala, students also get to learn about the prevalent terminologies in Hindustani classical music, to help students comprehend better. By the culmination of this course, the student would be well versed with the positioning of the violin, finger movements, holding the bow and fine tuning the violin, alongside the capability to render basic compositions set in raga bhupali and bhairav adhering to the rhythm cycle of teen tala.

After successful completion of this course, students can gear themselves for the next course by Sharat Chandra Srivastava: Art of Playing Violin | Hindustani Classical | Level 2

About Sharat Chandra Srivastava: Born in the family of legendary violinist Pt. Joi Srivastava, Sharat Chandra Srivastava was destined to carry forward his grandfather's legacy. Sharat started playing at a nascent age of seven under the able guidance of his grandfather, specialising in the senia gharana style of hindustani classical music. Playing on the circuit for the last twenty five years, Sharat has very capably handled the responsibility of carrying forward the art of playing the violin. In fact, to his credit, he has been able to make violin playing blend with the demands of time. He was for a period of twelve years, a performing member of the well known rock band, ‘Parikrama’. His effortless style of play has taken him far and wide to countries like the UK , Scotland and Switzerland, training students on the stringed instrument at university level. He has also imparted training at the prestigious Gandharva Mahavidyalaya for a period of nine years. Sharat’s talent has seen him perform with some of the well known names in hindustani classical music, personalities such as Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Padma Vibhushan Pt. Hariprasad Chourasia and Pt. Birju Maharaj. Presently Sharat is involved with another unique effort called ‘Mrigya’, an endeavour to infuse Indian classical music with blues to enthrall audiences both in the east and the west.

Value Additions

You make a rightful start towards realising your passion for learning the popular instrument, violin. You will be able to learn the techniques and theory that sets you on way to learning the advanced levels of the violin. This course boosts your confidence and lays a strong foundation by teaching you to play the basic ragas, adhering to rhythmic cycles, preparing you for complex compositions in the future.

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 is conducted by a young and versatile exponent of the violin who has been playing the instrument for the last thirty years. His lineage ensured he learnt the violin from one of the stalwarts in violin playing Pt. Joi Srivastava, a bonus for students in terms of learning intricacies of the art. Students get to reap the benefits of learning from the maestro who through his vast experience of playing with rock bands and internationally, ensures that students get to learn as per the current trends in music.


Students enrolling for this course need to have;

A violin &

A notebook

Weekly Schedule

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Section A
Sat 11:30 PM - 12:30 AM America/New_York
2 Seats
Section B
Wed 05:30 AM - 06:30 AM America/New_York
2 Seats
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How much time should a student enrolling for this course practice everyday?
Students should invest a minimum of one hour in the morning and one hour in the evening for practice.
What extras would the student receive as course material apart from the live sessions?
Students will receive PDF’s or written notes apart from the sessions, as and when required.
What if a 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.
How long will the teacher take to revert to a query raised after class hours?
Students should get a response within 24 hours, if the teacher is not preoccupied or traveling.
Does the teacher for this course have specific expectations from the student?
Students should practice diligently all that is taught in the class.
Can this course be customized?
Courses can be customized depending on the progress made by the student, through the course.
Would there be an assessment to gauge the progress of students? Would they get certified on completion of this course? Will they get guidance on preparing for examinations conducted by a university or institute?
Yes, there will be assessments to gauge the progress made by the student. Students will get a commemorative certificate with the teacher's initials on it. Students can get guidance in order to appear for examinations to get graded on their musical efficiency, but the terms and conditions in such an instance would vary.

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