Mastering the Sitar for Advanced Students | Maihar Gharana Style







by Prabir Bhattacharya

20 Years Experience

An empanelled artist in ICCR, Govt. of India. Recipient of Sangeet Ratna & Nirodbaran awards.

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: English

Course Summary

Building on a foundation of basic knowledge, this long-term course teaches sitar at the advanced level. Taught by expert musician and educator Prabir Bhattacharya, students will learn Indian classical music theory and practice, including the study of notation, alap and various thaats. Students will also learn to produce a Raga encompassing all its forms and beauty. Best for students who have already gone through sitar lessons for beginners and learned the basics, this course is a journey in mastering the sitar.

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Prabir Bhattacharya

Experience: 20 Years

From: India

  • Teacher Skill Keywords

    Hindustani Classical Music, Maihar Gharana Style, Sitar
  • Education

    Master of Arts from Rabindra Bharati University.

    Ph.D. from Rabindra Bharati University

  • Work Details

    Visiting Lecturer - Satya Sai University of Higher Learning

  • 198 Online live sessions completed

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  • About the Course

    This is an advanced course lasting a year and a half, during which students will learn technique, theory and practice from a highly skilled and experienced instructor, Prabir Bhattacharya. This course is recommended for those who have already studied the basics of sitar and have a foundation of knowledge to build on. Through live online learning, students will discover the theoretical knowledge necessary for mastering their instrument and style of music. Lessons cover the notation system of Bhatkhande, the talas with Tali and Khali, Ragas and Paltas, 10 Thaats of Hindustani music, as well as lessons in tempo and sounds. Students will also learn alap, a distinctive improvisation technique. 


    After the successful completion of this course, students will be able to play advanced compositions and exercises, as well as have a theoretical understanding of Indian classical music. Each student will benefit from Prabir Bhattacharya’s extensive background in music, including his experience as a scholar, educator, performer and composer. Mr. Bhattacharya teaches the concepts of this course through lectures and demonstrations, as well as question and answer sessions with students. Students will need their own sitar and time to set aside for lessons and practice for the duration of the course.

    If the student wants to get more insights on the basics of sitar-like posture and instrument placement, here is another course tailored by Prabir Bhattacharya: Learning The Sitar For Beginners | Sitar Lessons Notes For Beginners | Maihar Gharana Style

    About Prabir Bhattacharya: Prabir Bhattacharya is a highly accomplished musician and exponent of the new generation of sitarists, bringing passion and expertise to each of his lessons. Studying since the age of 12, Mr. Bhattacharya trained under world-renowned artists. He has two degrees in music from Rabindra Bharati University, a Bachelor of Arts with honors and a Master of Arts, as well as numerous awards and scholarships. For the last 10 years, he’s been performing in India and abroad, including a recent tour in Russia. Mr. Bhattacharya is also dedicated to education and continues to serve as a visiting fellow at the Sai Mirpuri Music College of Higher Learning.

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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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