M.A. Economics from Delhi School of Economics
This year-long course begins with vocal strength training aimed at improving voice quality and endurance through practical exercises. Students will learn the identification of all 12 individual swaras/notes and their variations, as well as the identification of taal/rhythm and laya/tempo. Following the development of a foundation in the basics of vocal music, students will learn simple songs in Hindi with notation and taal, bhajans and bandishes in basic raagas. Students with an interest in progressing further may also learn the vocal styles of thumri, dadra and khayal.
About the teacher: Ayesha Mukherjee is a highly-trained and talented vocalist in Hindustani classical and semi-classical music. Mukherjee is a student of Shri Deborshee Bhattacharya and has previously trained under Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty and Pandit Ritesh Mishra of the Benaras Gharana tradition. With a history of prestigious awards and performances beginning from a young age, she is a renowned classical exponent in India. Mukerjee’s teaching style emphasises the technical and scientific, believing musical ability lies in the fundamentals. She says music to her is a clear picture and she strives to help her students build this ability to visualize the picture.
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.
All that is required to enrol in this course is an interest in vocal music, the ability to take notes during lessons and the time to commit to weekly hour-long video lessons and individual practice. Lesson plans and progression through the course are tailored to each students’ level and style of learning. At the successful completion of this course, students will be able to sing their choice of compositions and melodies with technical proficiency and identify notation, taal and other concepts by ear. In addition, vocal training inspires confidence in any singer wanting to perform without fear of making mistakes in front of an audience.