Course Duration25 Weeks
BA from Pune Univesity
This course will begin with an overview of the harmonium, including the basic elements of the instrument, proper handling and care of the harmonium, as well as the appropriate posture for playing. After each student has a grasp of these basic concepts, the lessons will move forward to include an introduction to the melodic system of ragas. During the duration of the lessons, experienced instructor Suyog Kundalkar will guide students through a variety of topics, including alankaar (ornamentation), swar (pitch), lay (tempo), and taal (musical meter).
About Suyog Kundalkar: Suyog Kundalkar is an established harmonium player with years of experience and accolades. Kundalkar has been graded as a B High artist of the All India Radio and Doordarshan, and has been honored as an impanelled artiste on the Indian Council for Cultural Relations. In addition to a bachelor’s degree in music from Lalit Kala Kendra of the University of Pune, Kundalkar has also won many awards for his musical contributions, including ‘U.Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar’ given by Sangeet Natak Academy, ‘GaanSaraswati Kishori Amonkar Sangatkar Purskar’ from Gaansaraswati Kishori Amonkar, ‘Pt. Givindrao Tembe Sangatkar Puraskar’ by Gandharva Mahavidyalay, ‘Pt.Bandubhaiyya Choghule Smruti Puraskar’ (Indore) and many more. Today, Kundalkar serves on the panel of Lalit Kala Kendra (the Centre for Performing Arts at Pune University) as a Guru, while also teaching students from 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 beginner's course, no prerequisites are required before enrollment. Students will need to have a harmonium, pen and paper for taking notes, and a tabla. Students must have the time to commit to the online classes, as well as time to practice between sessions. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be prepared for instructor Kundalkar’s next course in this educational series, Intermediate Harmonium Lessons.