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.
Students enrolling for this long term course on ipassio can be sure that they receive individual attention from the teacher, as the class strength is limited to 3 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, long term courses are 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 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.
Students should possess a santoor and should be passionate about music.