Learning Classical Indian Rhythm | Konnakol







by Unmesh Banerjee

20 Years Experience

Performed with late Padma Bhushan Ustad Rashid Khan. An empanelled artist in ICCR, Govt. of India.

US $36 per class |

for 1-on-1, 60 mins class

Pay as you go, 2 classes at a time

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Instruction Language

: English

Course Summary

‘Music and rhythm find their way into the secret places of the soul’- Plato.

Whether picking up a musical instrument as a hobbyist or dreaming of becoming a professional, a solid understanding of rhythm yields not only perfection but a sense of joy and accomplishment. These classes by the well-trained and talented Unmesh Banerjee are an ideal bid for experienced musicians who wish to have a robust understanding of rhythm from North Indian and Carnatic (South Indian) traditions on any instrument, across any genre. Students will learn various techniques, time signatures, calculations, vocabulary and recitation. 


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Teacher's Profile

Unmesh Banerjee

Experience: 20 Years

From: India

  • Teacher Skill Keywords

    Indian Rhythm
  • Work Details

    Percussionist/Tabla player - Professional Music.

    Teacher - Tabla

About the Course

Applicable to any instrument in any genre, this course is perfect for those wanting to add Indian rhythm to their musical expertise. The classes will be covering the following concepts:

  • Understanding of Carnatic rhythm, including training in Konnakol- the vocabulary of vocal syllables
  • Understanding of North Indian rhythm, its distinctive vocabulary, and recitation 
  • Micro-beats, calculations, and time signatures relating to Indian rhythm

These techniques and traditions are unique to India, having no counterpart in Western music, Students completing this course will be able to grow as musicians with sound knowledge of the technicalities of musicality and rhythm.

About the Teacher: As the child of prominent North Indian classical musicians, Unmesh Banjeree has been playing tabla since early childhood. He began performing at age six and has been playing solos and in accompaniment with prestigious artists across India, including artists from the Sangeet Research Academy and Kalashree Music Circle.

Unmesh is an alum of St. Xavier’s Collegiate School, Kolkata, and a recipient of the CCRT Scholarship for Young Musicians. He is deeply interested in fusion music, Carnatic rhythm, and challenging Taals and Nadais. Unmesh endeavors to infuse interest and respect for this traditional art form in the hearts and minds of all his students.


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Available For All Age-Groups

221 Online live sessions completed

Our teachers recommend customized classes for an effective learning experience. Here's why!

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!

What you get?

World-class masters as teachers

Personalized & Interactive 1-on-1 classes

Course studio that amplifies passion learning

Access to global creative community

Pay as you go - 2 classes at a time

Milestone-based learning for best results

Statement of Accomplishment

Teacher's performance bits for reference


Konnakol is used for vocal reference for all Karnatic percussion instruments. It can be referred to in relation to the mridangam. As, mridangam is considered the principal percussion instrument in Karnatic Music.

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