B.Com ( Hons) from Calcutta University
Sandip Chatterjee will begin this course by introducing students to the Santoor, detailing the construction and purpose of each element of the instrument. Afterward, students will learn proper posture, positioning, and handling of the instrument during play to ensure each note is played with clarity. As students become more comfortable with their instrument, sargams and tuning will be covered next. With practice and discipline, each student will develop an ear for tune and learn to hear when their instrument is ready for a tune-up. Lastly, Chatterjee will guide students through detailing on Sur and Tala, as well as introducing chandams and ragas to the new musicians.
ABOUT THE TEACHER: Sandip Chatterjee is a Santoor player with 25 years of experience. A disciple of Pandit Tarun Bhattacharya and Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty, Chatterjee is known for his mastery of two Gharanas at once; Maihar and Patiala. He has collaborated with ‘Calcutta Express’ and received a nomination for finalist in the Indo Acoustic Project’s “Best CDs of 2006” award in the World Music category. Through the years, Chatterjee’s albums have reached over 20 in number, and his expertise has been sought by many renowned musicians and musical directors including A. R. Rehman, Jatin Lalit, Gulshan Kumar, Rabindra Jain, and more. In addition to his many musical endeavors, Chatterjee is also serving as a master instructor to students from across the globe.
Students enrolling for this course on ipassio can be sure that they receive individual attention from the teacher, as the class strength is limited to 1 or 2 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 this course is 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 their 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.
As a beginner's course, no prerequisites are required before enrollment. Students will need pen and paper to take notes, and a Santoor of their own for practice. For questions concerning which Santoor to purchase, students may contact instructor Sandip Chatterjee before enrollment for clarification. Students who choose to enroll in this course will need to be prepared to spend time with the instructor during each lesson, as well as dedicate time to practicing independently throughout the duration of the course. Upon successful completion of this course, students will have an understanding of the instrument and basic ragas.