Hindustani / Indian Classical Music Lessons For Beginners | Sarod, Violin, Indian Slide Guitar & Sitar

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Pandit Abhik Kumar
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Course Summary

This 36-week course covers the basics of playing classical Indian music on a variety of string instruments. Whether on sarod, violin, Indian slide guitar, or sitar, students will be shown how to hold the instrument and the technique for playing. In addition, students will learn how to play simple songs, melodies, and ragas from a world-renowned maestro, Pt. Abhik Kumar Sarkar. Perfect for those who are just starting out, this course provides a solid foundation to become a classical musician.

Course Duration
36 Weeks
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First Name
Pandit Abhik Kumar
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Number of years of relevant experience
30 Years
Teacher skill Keywords
Indian Classical Music
Indian Slide Guitar
Study Details
B. Com ( Regular)
Delhi University
Senior Disciple of Ustad Amjad Ali Khan
Sangeet Bhaskar
Pracheen Kala Kendra, Chandigarh
Sangeet Visharad
Pracheen Kala Kendra, Chandigarh
Senior Diploma
Prayag Sangeet Samiti, Allahabad

Course Details

This course is an introduction to classical music for beginners in string instrumental music, best for those who have not played a string instrument before or are just beginning to learn. Students will begin by learning the different parts of their instrument and their significance, followed by how to properly hold the body and strike the strings. Once those basics are learned, students will be educated on sargam, the practice of singing the notes of a composition, as this increases the understanding of tones before playing them on the instrument. Finally, students will learn a selection of simple songs, like ‘Hum Honge Kamyab,’ and ragas of Indian classical music, such as Bilawal, Kafi, and Durga.

Students of Pt. Abhik Kumar Sarkar will have the opportunity to learn from an expert musician who has been playing and teaching Indian classical music for over 30 years. Mr. Sarkar’s guidance will allow students to move from beginning to intermediate ability during this short-term course and provide them with a technique they can build on.

After successful completion of this course, students can gear themselves for the next course by Pandit Abhik Kumar Sarkar: Indian Classical Music at the Intermediate Level | Sarod, Violin, Indian Slide Guitar & Sitar

About Pandit Abhik Kumar Sarkar: Notable sarod exponent Pt. Abhik Kumar Sarkar has been playing classical music for most of his life, learning vocals and sarod at an early age from his father. Later, since his childhood, he has been learning from Padma Vibhusan Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, under the guru-shishya parampara at New Delhi, India. He also had the opportunity to learn Carnatic Music Ragas from Violin Exponent Shri D. Nageshwaran. One of the finest Sarod players, Abhik developed his own unique style of blending both the Senia gharanas of Sarod. For the last 30 years, Abhik has been performing in India and abroad in festivals and concerts, earning many awards and recognitions such as “Sangeet Shiromani”, “Sangeet Sadhak Samman”, “Tarana Samman (Senior)”, “Swar Kriti” felicitation, Certificate of recognition from Mr. N Bains of the House of Commons, Canada and the Bal Shree National Title by Nehru Bal Samity in New Delhi.  He is also empanelled in the “Established Category” by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), New Delhi in the field of Indian Classical Music – Sarod.  Abhik has taught all over the world at many institutions, with a large number of his students becoming professional musicians themselves.

Value Additions

Enrolling for this course will be your first step into the world of learning and playing classical Indian music on a variety of Indian string instruments. You will be able to create a sound foundation for yourself as the course is designed to teach you from the very basics and introduces you to the important concept of ragas. This course creates the perfect base for your to build upon pursuing further levels to learn sarod.

The ipassio Edge

Students enrolling for this short term course on ipassio have the advantage of getting introduced to or learn the intricacies of an art form, from an experienced exponent of the art. Short term courses deal with creating a strong foundation on a specific topic. The syllabus of a short term course is predefined and ready before the commencement of the course. This gives students an understanding of the knowledge they will gain in the stipulated period of time, helping them in their planning and decision making. The persistent support from teachers enables the student to accomplish and achieve the desired result or outcome within the given timeframe. The class strength for short term courses is limited to 3, ensuring that each student gets attention. A set of 3 individuals enrolling for a short term course encourages learning from peers and social interaction. This short term course bodes good for students passionate about learning, setting them up for the long-term or advanced level of learning.


Before signing up for this course, students must have a string instrument of their choice (sarod, violin, Indian slide guitar, or sitar) and an electronic tanpura, which provides a continuous tone to accompany Indian classical melodies.

Weekly Schedule

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Section A
Mon 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM America/New_York
1 Seat
Section B
Fri 07:30 AM - 08:30 AM America/New_York
2 Seats
Section C
Thu 01:00 AM - 02:00 AM America/New_York
1 Seat
Section D
Wed 12:30 AM - 01:30 AM America/New_York
1 Seat
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How much time should a student devote to practice everyday?
There is no limit when it comes to practicing but one should practice regularly and whatever time one can put in.
What if the student is unable to attend an upcoming class?
The student is required to inform the teacher about his absence from a particular session, 1 day 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 1 day 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 the class?
In case the teacher is unavailable for the scheduled class, he/she will inform the students 1 day 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 it take for the teacher to respond if the student raises a question after class hours through ipassio platform?
The teacher will respond within 24 hours unless preoccupied or travelling.

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