Indian Classical Music Appreciation Lessons | Beginners







by Gaurav Mazumdar

25 Years Experience

Grammy nomination for East meets West album, 2004. Performed at the 2004 Olympic games in Greece.

US $60 per class |

for 1-on-1, 45 mins class

Pay as you go, 2 classes at a time

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Instruction Language

: English

Course Summary

This long term course is an introductory course to the basics of Hindustani classical music. The course looks into providing deep basic understanding of raga, taals and different ways of expressing music through sitar or any melodic instrument of your choice and / or even vocals. Students undergoing this course will get to learn the basics of Indian classical music by first understanding the raga and taal, ways of expressing music besides getting to learn and practice the different styles of presenting music such as dhrupad, khayaal, thumri and some other styles. At the end of this course, students may also be able to render a raga or composition through vocals or by using sitar or any other melodic instrument.

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Gaurav Mazumdar

Experience: 25 Years

From: India

  • Teacher Skill Keywords

    Indian Classical Music, Hindustani Classical Music, Hindustani Vocals, Sitar
  • Education

    from Pandit Ravi Shankar

  • Work Details

    Performer, Composer, Sitar Player, Educator - Music

  • 161 Online live sessions completed

    This particular teacher is already a hit among our students.
  • About the Course

    This four-week course on classical music appreciation for beginners is best suited for those wishing to take their first few step into the world of Hindustani classical music, be it playing the sitar, or any other melodic instrument or practising vocals. Students will first learn about raga, which is a melodic way or manner of expressing music in Indian classical music. Similarly, students will also gain the understanding about taal, which is the rhythmic pattern present in any composition. Further, in the course students will learn and get to practice the different styles of hindustani classical music still prevalent, such as the dhrupad style considered to have lasted centuries to be still in use. Students also get familiarised to other styles of music such as khayal, thumri and a few others. The course tries to provide a step by step knowledge and understanding of hindustani classical music, training students from the very basics to teaching them the different styles, trying to build a strong foundation for them to pursue further learning. At the end of this course, students may also be able to render a raga or composition through vocals or or by using sitar or any melodic instrument.

    Other Course by Gaurav Mazumdar which trains the students on the foundation step to learning basics of Indian classical music on Sitar or any melodic instrument or vocals: Melodic Instrument | Basics Of Indian Classical Music On Sitar Or Vocals | Basics Of Indian Music

    About Gaurav Mazumdar: Born in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India, Gaurav Mazumdar declared to the world his prodigious self at the tender age of 4, when he won the All India first prize for his music prowess. Training under an illustrious guru Pt. Ravi Shankar, Gaurav kept adding color and flair to his music, collecting both accolades and appreciation. His illustrious career saw him performing at the 2004 Olympic games in Athens, Greece. He also got nominated for the Grammy’s in 2004 for his collaborative work and music rendition, ‘East meets West’, for best classical crossover album, in association with Daniel Hope on the violin. He has also been blessed to have performed at multiple occasions with his Guru, Pt. Ravi Shankar as well as Pt. Kishan Maharaj. Having travelled the length and breadth of this world mesmerising audiences with his keen sense of music, Gaurav Mazumdar now spends his valuable time teaching disciples.

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    A sitar can have 18, 19, 20, or 21 strings, of which 6 or 7 of these are playable strings that run over curved, elevated frets; others are sympathetic strings that run beneath the frets and resonate in harmony with the playing strings. These strings are typically used to set the mood of a raga at the start of a performance.

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