Course Duration16 Weeks
Banerjee’s harmonium course will include all of the foundations of harmonium music, including tonic position for specific Raagas, basic finger movement techniques, one complete Raaga and taal, basic rhythm, tempo and Jaati principles and theory, Taal padhan and sargam telling traditions, simple Tehai making techniques and more. With guidance and insights from Banerjee’s years of harmonium experience, there is nothing standing in the way of your musical endeavors.
Successful completion of this course will ready any student to enroll in the next, intermediate level, harmonium course. Suvendu Banerjee’s extensive online teaching experience makes him the ideal harmonium instructor for all varieties of learning styles. Banerjee believes in the power that music has over the mind and soul, saying, “After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.”
ABOUT THE TEACHER: Belonging to “Gaya Gharana” (heritage), which is the pathfinder of solo harmonium playing in India, Suvendu Banerjee has been rated a B-High grade artist of Prasar Bharati All India Radio as well as being impaneled with the Indian Council of Cultural Relations. Banerjee’s 25 years of musical experience all started at the young age of seven, when he began to learn harmonium from his grandfather Pandit Deb Kumar Banerjee. Since this time, Banerjee has studied under guru Pandit Deb Kumar Banerjee, his ancestor and Dadaguru Sangeetacharya Montu Banerjee and is currently studying under Pandit Shyamal Chatterjee, the renowned sitar maestro of Senia-Maihar Gharana and senior most disciple of Bharat Ratna Pandit Ravi Shankar. Suvendu Banerjee completed his MSc in Advanced Computer Science from the University of Manchester in 2011. Afterward, in 2013, he stood first at the state level competition organized by the Government of West Bengal in the Solo Harmonium Category. Now Banerjee is passing on this timeless tradition of solo harmonium music to students across the globe.
Students enrolling for this course on ipassio can be sure that they receive individual attention from the teacher, as the class strength is limited to 1 or 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 this course is 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.
As a beginners course, no prerequisites are required before enrollment. Students will need to ensure they have the time to commit not only to the online courses but independent practice time at home as well in order to be successful in this course. Students will need their own instrument, pen and paper for taking notes, and a computer to participate in this course.