Course Duration100 Weeks
This course will include practice in talas and expand the students’ understanding of applying the rhythm of these talas to mridangam playing. As students learn to apply the talas (the three, four, five, and seven beat cycles used in the Carnatic music system) to their music, their innate ability to tap into the rhythm of sound will strengthen as well. Balaji will work with students to develop their ear for rhythm through guided practices, suggested listening and demonstrations. While it takes years of practice and dedication to master Mridangam rhythm, this course provides the educational foundation upon which musicians will build their unique style.
ABOUT THE TEACHER: Bombay C N Balaji is a renowned mridangam player with 40 years of experience in the field. After decades of learning from gurus, Bombay C N Balaji has a deep respect for the relationship between student and instructor. He expects full commitment from his students as he guides them through the process of learning the components required to be a great mridangam player. Beginning his studies in his youth, Balaji first performed with professional artists at the age of eleven accompanying the violin maestro Prof. T N Kirshnan and A grade artist from All India Radio, Prasar Bharati. Balaji has performed with many musical exponents while touring in the USA, Far East, Middle East, and Sri Lanka. Balaji has also given numerous lectures and demonstrations encompassing the intricacies of rhythm and highlighting the greatness of legendary percussion artists in the field.
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 the third course in a series, it is a prerequisite that students complete Bombay C N Balaji’s Introduction to Mridangam before enrollment. Students must have paper and pen to take notes, as well as their own mridangam. Before enrollment, students must to ensure they are prepared to make the time commitment necessary to not only promptly attend online sessions, but also practice independently throughout the week. As part of an educational series, successful completion of these lessons will ready students for enrollment in Bombay C N Balaji’s 'Advanced Mridangam - Playing Professionally' course.