Ragas on Sitar | Hindustani Classical

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This Long term course tries to build on what the student learn in the basics course and tries to make him performance ready in a short duration of time. Students enrolling for this course get to practice and learn sapat taan meaning simple straight taan (Taan meaning a sequence of notes sung in medium or fast tempo, adhering to a taal cycle). Students enrolling for this course get to learn different ragas such as yaman, bhupali, bageshree, todi and malkauns. By the culmination of this course students will be able to play any of the taught tagas in sapat taan or as palta.

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West Bengal

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12 Weeks
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22 Years Experience
From: India
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Hindustani Classical Music
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Musician Scholar
ITC Sangeet Research Academy, Kolkata

Course Details

Students enrolled for this course will learn an important aspect of raga which pertains to the sequence of notes when rendered, the way they are rendered and the speed at which they are rendered, known as challan in hindustani classical music. Students through this course will be taught the nuances that will help them get a firm grip or pakad on the challan or the aspects of ragas mentioned earlier. Through the initial part of this course students will be taught a composition adhering to 16 beats or teen tala, playing it on the sitar with fixed taan and jhala. Further on in the course students will be introduced and taught about alap which relates to the first portion of the music rendered in an instrumental performance, also meant to introduce the raga, it is slow in tempo. Students also learn about  jor, besides learning 5 different types of taans in meer and gamak. Jor is considered to be the musical play that comes after alap at beginning of a performance and before the conclusion using, jhala. Gamak is the ornamentation or alankara that emphasises on the ragas individual characteristic. Gamak is an important aspect of hindustani classical music. Gamakas are defined as per ragas, as such the gamakas for each raga differs in its characteristics or the style it is presented. The concluding lessons in this course will teach students the system to adhere to while rendering a raga on the sitar, to make the students performance ready.

If the student wants to learn more insights on the Basic's of how to play sitar, the fundamentals of hindustani classical music starting with the basic notes of sa, re, ga, ma, pa, dha, ni, Here is another course tailored by Supratik Sengupta: Sitar Basics | Hindustani Classical

About Supratik Sengupta: Supratik Sengupta born in a family of musicians, was fortunate to find his first teacher in his father Shri. Kuber Sengupta, who helped him step into the world of music at an early age. Ever since, Supratik has taken confident strides towards becoming an exponent of sitar. Soon after, Supratik started his formal training in the guidance of Biswanath Das and Debaprasad Chakraborty. Then on, Supratik took tutelage from Sangeet Acharya Ajoy Sinha Roy and Dr. Pradip Chakraborty for long, before deciding to enroll at the ITC Sangeet Academy to train under Pt. Buddhadeb Dasgupta and Pt. Partho Pratim Chatterjee. His time at the academy was spent as a musician scholar under his respected gurus mentioned earlier. Surpratik was destined to shine as a musician and the training he underwent ensured that his destiny was not impacted. Supratik’s talent was recognised by the ministry of Travel, Tourism & Culture that bestowed on him a national scholarship. He is recognised an A grade artist by All India Radio and has performed at multiple locations both in India and Abroad.

Value Additions

You will be able to understand through this course the intricacies that are a vital part of ragas. Understanding the tala structure learning teen tala will enable you to adhere to a rhythmic cycle of 16 beats when performing a specific musical piece. The lessons on style of playing such as jor, jhala will enable you to play notes at different pitch and varying tempos. The learning on gamaks or ornamentation will enable you to understand their use when playing different ragas. This course by its culmination will make you performance ready.

The ipassio Edge

Students enrolling for this Long term course on ipassio have the advantage of getting introduced to or learn the intricacies of an art form, from an experienced exponent of the art. Long term courses deal with creating a strong foundation on a specific topic. The syllabus of a Long term course is predefined and ready before the commencement of the course. This gives students an understanding about the knowledge they will gain in the stipulated period of time, helping them in their planning and decision making. The persistent support from teachers enables the student to accomplish and achieve the desired result or outcome within the given time frame. The class strength for Long term courses, is limited to 3, ensuring that each student gets attention. A set of 3 individuals enrolling for a short term course encourages learning from peers and social interaction. This long term course bodes good for students passionate about learning, setting them up for the long term or advanced level of learning.

Course Specific Benefits

This course helps you further the learning received in the basics course. It helps you understand the different variations in pitch and tempos by practicing jor and jhala, besides giving you an understanding about raga specific ornamentation or gamak that is strictly defined as per the raga being played. Learning as per the guidelines of the sangeet research academy and tutored by the ace exponent of sitar Supratik Sengupta, will ensure students learn the in demand tricks and skills from their teacher enabling them to face the next levels with confidence.


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Sun 12:30 AM - 01:15 AM America/New_York
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Is there an age restriction for students enrolling for this course?
Age is not a restriction as long as they have learnt the basics of sitar.
What extra material will students get apart from the live sessions? (pdf’s, written notes etc)
Students will receive notes through mail.
How long should a student enrolling for this course practice everyday?
Students should practice for a minimum of 1 hour or more.
What if the student is unable to attend an upcoming class?
The student is required to inform the teacher about his absence from a particular session, two days prior to the class. In such a case, the teacher will reschedule the class and conduct the rescheduled class on or before the end (i.e. Saturday) of the ensuing week or such other time as may be mutually decided between the teacher and the student. In case the student misses to give two days prior notice about his absence to the teacher, then the decision to conduct another class for that student is completely based on teacher’s discretion.
What if the teacher wishes to reschedule a class?
In case the teacher is unavailable for the scheduled class, he/she will inform the students two days prior to the class. The teacher will conduct the rescheduled class on or before the end (i.e. Saturday) of the ensuing week or such other time as may be mutually decided between the teacher and the student.
Are there any expectations from students enrolling for this course?
Students should practice regularly.
Would the students get assessed on their performance? Do they receive certificates? Can they be taught to appear for a musical exam?
Students will be tested every alternate class to check whether they practiced the lessons taught in the earlier class. Yes, students can request for certificates. Students can train for examinations.
Can this course be customized?
Yes it can be customized depending on the students interest and capability.
Can the students be guided on how to choose the right sitar? Its approximate cost? Where to source it from?
Students for this course will tarafdar guitar to learn advance lessons such as ragas. Other details will be shared when the course commences.
How much would the teacher take to revert to a query raised after class hours?
Teacher for this course will try to immediately revert to queries unless preoccupied or travelling.
How long does it take to get proficiency in playing the sitar?
Students need to dedicate 2 to 3 years of devoted practice to get to a proficient level.

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