Learn the Fundamentals of Konnakol Online

Beginner

by Rishabh Dhar

24 Years Experience

A renowned percussionist with remarkable contributions in the field of Pakhawaj, South Indian Ghatam, and Konnakol,

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Instruction Language

: English, Bengali, Hindi

Course Summary

Konnakol is the art of speaking the syllables of rhythm while counting the Tala by hand or demonstrating a composition on Tabla. Konnakol is a term used by music schools based out of South India, whereas the practitioners in the northern side of the country call it Bol paran.

Learning to speak the syllables of rhythm is crucial to percussionists, dancers, and also, singers and musicians. Hence, irrespective of your discipline of practice in music and/or dance, this course is recommended for you.

Pick this course for learning to understand and speak the language of rhythm in words, phrases, and sentences within the fixed cycle of the Tala.

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Rishabh Dhar

Experience: 24 Years

From: India

  • Teacher Skill Keywords

    Teacher Skill Keywords

    Indian Classical Music
  • Work Details

    Work Details

    CEO - Kimayaa Institute of Music & Performing Arts

    Founder /Trustee - Pradiksha Charitable Trust

About the Course

This beginner's course on Konnakol/BolParan is your gateway to the world of South Indian vocal percussion. Step by step, we'll introduce you to this incredible art form, setting you on the path to becoming a Konnakol maestro.

  • Konnakol Introduction & Its Connection to Pakhawaj: Uncover the roots of Konnakol and its fascinating relationship with percussion instruments, with a special focus on the Pakhawaj.
  • Embrace the Art of Konnakol: Dive deep into the essence of Konnakol, learning about its rhythmic intricacies and vocal magic.
  • Syllables - The Rhythmic Building Blocks: Master the fundamental syllables that create the rhythmic tapestry of Konnakol and its intricate Tala cycles.
  • Syllables That Echo the Pakhawaj: Experience the magic of syllables like Dha, Din, Ta, Tete, Taka, and Takite as they mimic the sounds of the Pakhawaj.
  • Explore Laya and Tala: Discover the concepts of Laya (tempo) and Tala (rhythm) and how they shape various musical compositions.
  • Harmonize Hand Movements with Vocal Recitation: Learn the art of syncing your hand movements with vocal expressions, creating mesmerizing rhythmic patterns.
  • Unleash Your Creativity - Parans, Chakradars, Tehai's, and More: As you progress, delve into advanced Konnakol concepts, such as crafting Parans, weaving Chakradars, and mastering Tehai's for captivating performances.

About the Teacher

Rishabh Dhar is a seasoned artist with a remarkable 24-year career that has taken him to stages all around the world. His musical journey has been nothing short of extraordinary, leaving a trail of enchanting performances in numerous countries around the world. 

Rishabh's mother, the renowned Dhrupad singer Smt. Ashoka Dhar Nandy has been a revered Cultural Ambassador of India for decades. Rishabh's upbringing has been steeped in the rich traditions of his homeland, and he has become a torchbearer for his family's musical legacy.

Rishabh started his journey in percussion at the tender age of three, guided by the expertise of Pandit Rajib Lochon Dey and other esteemed Indian masters. He also delved into the South Indian Ghatam and Konnakol (the rhythmic language) under the tutelage of Pandit S. Shekhar. This diverse training has enriched his musical palette and enabled him to explore and create unique fusions of sound.

Throughout his illustrious career, Rishabh has had the privilege of sharing the stage with some of the most iconic figures in Indian classical music. His collaborations include performances alongside legends such as the Late Ustad Nasir Aminuddin Dagar, Ustad Sayeduddin Dagar, Pt. Ajoy Chackraborty, and many more.

He has shared the stage with distinguished international artists, including Victor Wooten, Jack de Zonnette, Steve Zerlin, and many other global talents. Rishabh has also given lectures at several esteemed universities across the world and performed on several global musical platforms. 

Rishabh Dhar's musical jouney is a testament to his deep-rooted passion for music, his dedication to his craft, and his unwavering commitment to exploring the vast, boundless world of music. He is not just a musician; he is a global ambassador of harmonious rhythms and melodies.

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Available For All Age-Groups

Available For All Age-Groups

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Every individual

  • Has a unique learning style

  • Is at a different learning stage

  • Has a different voice texture, tonal quality and intonation

  • Has a different understanding of rhythm and melody

  • Has different breathing capabilities

  • And a different GOAL!

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Pay as you go - 2 classes at a  time

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