Master the Melodies of Sitar - A Beginner’s Guide

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by Srijanee Banerjee

10 Years Experience

Recipient of National Scholarship from Ministry of Culture, Government of India. Honored at the prestigious Doverlane Music Competition.

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Instruction Language

: English, Bengali, Hindi

Course Summary

The foundation course for Sitar playing emphasizes mastering the posture, tuning of the instrument, and grasping the basic techniques. 

Learning the correct posture ensures comfort, stability, and optimal control over the instrument. Establishing a solid foundation of posture sets the stage for a seamless playing experience.

Get the intonation right by learning to identify the notes. This is the first step before a practitioner gets into the detailed repertoire and improvisation of music.

In addition to that, the students will learn to tune the instrument on their own. 

Further, the students will learn the diverse techniques of sitar playing, from delicate plucking to nuanced string manipulation. Gain insights into the unique roles and importance of each string, empowering you to navigate the instrument with confidence and clarity. 

Regular practice of the basic techniques will lead to a smooth progression to the next step - presentation. At this stage, the students learn to play sitar in a way that brings out the balance of musicality, emotiveness, and finesse.   

Embark on an enriching musical journey as you delve into the fundamentals of playing the sitar. This course is tailored to beginners, emphasizing the utmost importance of building a strong foundation.

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Srijanee Banerjee

Srijanee Banerjee

Experience: 10 Years

From: India

  • Teacher Skill Keywords

    Teacher Skill Keywords

    Sitar, Ragas on Sitar
  • Education

    Education

    M.A in History from University of Calcutta

About the Course

The beginner-level sitar course sets the stage for a transformative musical experience.

The highlights of this course include - 

  • Correct posture
  • Tuning the sitar
  • Plucking techniques
  • "Murchana" practice in major and minor scales

After the completion of this course, the students can upgrade to Intermediate Sitar Course.

About the Teacher

Srijanee Banerjee is a talented sitarist hailing from a musically endowed family. Her journey in music began under the guidance of her father, Chandan Banerjee. As her passion for the sitar grew, she sought further knowledge and received training from renowned maestros Late Pandit Ravi Sen and Dr. Niladri Sen. In 2014, she embarked on a new phase of her musical education by joining the esteemed ITC Sangeet Research Academy, where she is currently a Scholar under the tutelage of Guru Pandit Partha Chatterjee.

Srijanee's dedication and exceptional talent have garnered recognition through various accolades. She has been honored in prestigious competitions such as the Doverlane Music Competition, Gokul Nag Memorial Foundation's 'Sitar Kesari,' Sangeet Piyasi, and Murari Smriti Sangeet Sammelani. Her performances have graced renowned concert venues, captivating audiences with her soulful renditions.

Beyond her achievements as a performer, Srijanee has also excelled academically. She achieved the remarkable feat of standing first class first in Modern History from the University of Calcutta, showcasing her intellectual prowess alongside her musical talent.

Recognizing her remarkable skill and dedication, Srijanee has been awarded the National Scholarship by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India. Her artistry has taken her beyond borders, as she performed in Bangladesh on the momentous occasion of the 100th Birth Century of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, an event organized by the Government of Bangladesh. She has also had the privilege of performing at the inauguration ceremony of the Nita Mukesh Ambani Cultural Centre (NMACC) and the Swar Mangesh Festival in Goa, among many other notable venues and events.

Drawing from her extensive experience, Srijanee has honed her teaching abilities and has successfully guided students at various skill levels, including beginners, intermediate, and advanced learners. With a profound understanding of the technical intricacies of the sitar and a detailed approach to raagdari (melodic progression) and presentation, she imparts her knowledge to aspiring musicians, nurturing their growth and fostering a deeper connection with this beautiful instrument.

Srijanee's musical journey is characterized by her unwavering commitment, exceptional talent, and continuous pursuit of excellence. Through her performances, teaching, and contribution to the cultural landscape, she enriches the world of sitar music with her artistry and passion.

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Available For All Age-Groups

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Every individual

  • Has a unique learning style

  • Is at a different learning stage

  • Has different posture and instrument holding style

  • Has different mind-hand coordination

  • Has a different understanding of rhythm and melody

  • And a different GOAL!

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