M.A. Economics from Delhi School of Economics
This long-term course starts off with a review of the basic fundamentals, including the identification of all 12 individual swaras/notes and their variations, as well as the identification of taal/rhythm and laya/tempo. Next, Ayesha Mukherjee leads students in vocal strength training aimed at improving voice quality and endurance through advanced exercises. Students will also learn simple and complex songs in Hindi with notation and taal, bhajans and bandishes in different ragas, as well as improvisation and elaboration of the characteristics of each raaga. Students may also learn the vocal styles of thumri, dadra and khayal, if they choose.
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.
Students are required to have a basic understanding of vocal music or have taken Beginners Vocal Basics and Exercises with Ayesha Mukherjee. Students will also be required to take notes during lessons and have 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 identify and sing their choice of songs and ragas, either during a recital or an impromptu performance.