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Basics of Kanjira | Level I

by Nerkunam Dr S Sankar

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This long term intermediate course will teach students four of the seven most important talas in carnatic music. Students enrolling for this course will learn adi, rupakam, mishra chapu and the kanda chapu talams. Students completing this course successfully will be able to give a solo performance adhering to the 4 talams taught.

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    54 Weeks

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Educator Profile

Nerkunam Dr S Sankar

16 Years Experience

From: India

  • Teacher Skill Keywords:

    Kanjira, Precursion

Course Details

This course will introduce students to the four basic talams of the seven important talams practiced in carnatic music. Students will get to understand and practice adi talam which is one of the most popular tala or rhythm used in carnatic music. Adi talam is also otherwise addressed as chaturasra jaati triputa tala having 8 units or aksharams and is the most frequently used and identified talam. Each talam is expressed in a particular manner, in this instance, the palm beats the thigh for the first beat, followed by counting three on the fingers, equalling four beats. The next four beat count is achieved by clapping the right hand palm on the left palm and reverse, twice. Similarly students will learn about the rupaka talam which comprises of six aksharas, mishra chapu having seven aksharas and kanda chapu talam which consists of five aksharas. Students will learn in depth the various ways of denoting the different talams and expressing the rhythmic pattern of the talams in the form of music through the instrument, Kanjira. The intensive training on the four talams will enable students to play solo in the taught talams.

If the student wants to learn more insights on the Basic's of playing Kanjira, Here is another course tailored by Nerkunam Dr. S. Sankar: Basics Of Kanjira | How To Play Kanjira Instrument | South Indian Percussion Instruments

About Nerkunam Dr. S. Sankar: Hailing from Nerkunam village in Tamil Nadu, Dr.S. Sankar was poised for worldwide acclaim, as a Kanjira artist. He started training in percussion in carnatic music at the age of 12 under the guidance of Sri. P. T. Subramaniam followed by Sri Srivanchiyam Gopalan. His skills and talent got more lustrous after he took training under renowned Kanjira artist G. Harishankar following the gurukula vasam tradition or residing at the teacher’s residence for the duration of his intensive training. Dr. Sankar, an A graded artist by All India Radio has won many accolades, special among them, winner of the all india competition conducted by All India Radio in 1999, the prestigious Yuva Kala Bharathi from Bharat Kalachar in 2011. Nerkunam Dr. S. Sankar currently resides in Chennai imparting training to students interested in learning the Kanjira. He also oversee the organising of an event devoted to his guru, G. Harishanker, for which he is the convener and secretary.


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