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Santoor Basics for Beginners | An Introduction

by Kunal Saha

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This long terms course is for students interested in learning the stringed instrument from the valley of Kashmir, Santoor, also referred to as shata-tantri veena. Students enrolling for this course will get to learn brief history of the instrument. They will be taught the nuances of posture, about the built of santoor, the mallets that are used for playing, the right way to hold the mallets etc. Students will also get to practice some basic exercises, playing hindustani classical music on the santoor. By the end of the course students would have learnt about the physical aspects of the instrument as well as posture required when playing the instrument. They would have also learnt to play some basic exercises on the santoor such as the basic notes.

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    Kunal Saha

    20 Years Experience

    From: India

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      Basics of Santoor, Hindustani Classical Music, Santoor

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    Students enrolling for this course get an opportunity to learn the century old stringed instrument santoor also referred to as shata-tantri veena, for having 100 strings. This course will educate students about the history of santoor, its emergence in hindustani classical music. It will train students on the posture, an important element to consider when playing the santoor, holding of mallets another important factor that requires attention to be able to perform well. Further on students will be educated on the different parts of the santoor. Moving on students will gain from theoretical knowledge on hindustani classical music and will get to practice some basic exercises on the santoor. Students will learn the basic notes in hindustani classical music to start with the basic exercises, moving on to other musical formats such as sargam.

    After successful completion of this course, students can gear themselves for the next course by Kunal Saha: Santoor Basics For Beginners | Learn To Play Santoor | Introducing Ragas

    About Kunal Saha: Kunal Saha like all masters of musical instruments started at an early age of six, training under his guru from the maihar gharana Pt. Tarun Bhattacharya. It did not take long for Kunal to make a stage appearance as he entered the performing stage at the tender age of eight. He started performing at All India Radio from the age of ten. His talent was a shining example, rightfully noted by the ace violinist Pt. V. G. Jog. His desire to earn a name for himself as an artist saw him participate in the popular reality series on color called India’s got talent’ in 2008, where he ended up as one of the finalists. It was after this appearance that his career shot up. Though academically qualified Kunal always wanted to be a musician and so he did. The list of accolades have not seized, as Kunal travels to countries far and wide to present his music. Kunal Saha in 2015 was awarded Young Achiever's award from Shanghati Society U.K, acknowledging the contribution towards spreading hindustani classical music. Kunal in recent time started a sufi band called ‘Afreen’. He is also part of ‘Kounterpoint’, a duo of musicians comprising Soumyajyoti Ghosh on the flute and Kunal Saha on the santoor.


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