Santoor Basics for Beginners | An Introduction

First Name
Kunal
Last Name
Saha
Course Summary

This long terms course is for students interested in learning the stringed instrument from the valley of Kashmir, Santoor, also referred to as shata-tantri veena. Students enrolling for this course will get to learn brief history of the instrument. They will be taught the nuances of posture, about the built of santoor, the mallets that are used for playing, the right way to hold the mallets etc. Students will also get to practice some basic exercises, playing hindustani classical music on the santoor.

Course Duration
24 Weeks
Number of Students per section
2
Course Level
Beginner
Instruction Language
English
Taught On
Skype
Individuals
US$30.00
per week per student
1 week =
1
sessions
1 session(s) =
45
minutes

Educator Profile

Educator Profile

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Instructor
First Name
Kunal
Last Name
Saha
Number of years of relevant experience
20 Years
Teacher skill Keywords
Basics of Santoor
Hindustani Classical Music
Santoor

Description

Students enrolling for this course get an opportunity to learn the century old stringed instrument santoor also referred to as shata-tantri veena, for having 100 strings. This course will educate students about the history of santoor, its emergence in hindustani classical music. It will train students on the posture, an important element to consider when playing the santoor, holding of mallets another important factor that requires attention to be able to perform well. Further on students will be educated on the different parts of the santoor. Moving on students will gain from theoretical knowledge on hindustani classical music and will get to practice some basic exercises on the santoor. Students will learn the basic notes in hindustani classical music to start with the basic exercises, moving on to other musical formats such as sargam.

After successful completion of this course, students can gear themselves for the next course by Kunal Saha: Santoor Basics For Beginners | Learn To Play Santoor | Introducing Ragas

About Kunal Saha: Kunal Saha like all masters of musical instruments started at an early age of six, training under his guru from the maihar gharana Pt. Tarun Bhattacharya. It did not take long for Kunal to make a stage appearance as he entered the performing stage at the tender age of eight. He started performing at All India Radio from the age of ten. His talent was a shining example, rightfully noted by the ace violinist Pt. V. G. Jog. His desire to earn a name for himself as an artist saw him participate in the popular reality series on color called India’s got talent’ in 2008, where he ended up as one of the finalists. It was after this appearance that his career shot up. Though academically qualified Kunal always wanted to be a musician and so he did. The list of accolades have not seized, as Kunal travels to countries far and wide to present his music. Kunal Saha in 2015 was awarded Young Achiever's award from Shanghati Society U.K, acknowledging the contribution towards spreading hindustani classical music. Kunal in recent time started a sufi band called ‘Afreen’. He is also part of ‘Kounterpoint’, a duo of musicians comprising Soumyajyoti Ghosh on the flute and Kunal Saha on the santoor.

Value Additions

You will get to learn one of the rare instruments, that is centuries old. Apart from learning the in and out of the instrument, santoor, you will also get initiated into playing the instrument through basic exercises.

The ipassio Edge

Students enrolling for this long term course on ipassio can be sure that they receive individual attention from the teacher, as the class strength is limited to 3 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, long term courses are 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 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.

Prerequites

Students should possess a santoor and should be passionate about music.

Schedule Weekly

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Tue 01:30 AM - 02:15 AM America/New_York
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Thu 06:30 AM - 07:15 AM America/New_York
2 Seats
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Mon 10:30 PM - 11:15 PM America/New_York
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FAQs

Question
Is there an age or gender restriction to enroll for this course?
Answer
Students above 5 years old can enroll for this course. There is no gender restriction for enrolling for this course.
Question
How much time should a student devote to practice everyday?
Answer
Students should devote a minimum of an hour everyday for practice.
Question
Would students course related material apart from the live sessions?
Answer
Students would receive notations to the ragas being taught as and when required.
Question
Are there any specific expectations from students?
Answer
Students enrolling for this course should be serious about learning.
Question
What if the student is unable to attend an upcoming class?
Answer
The student is required to inform the teacher about his absence from a particular session, a week 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.
Question
What if the teacher wishes to reschedule the class?
Answer
In case the teacher is unavailable for the scheduled class, he/she will inform the students a week 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.
Question
Would the student get assessed through the course? Would the student receive a certificate after completion of course? Would the teacher be training students to appear for exams such as gandharva mahavidyalaya?
Answer
Yes students will be assessed and provided with a certificate every time they pass through. They can also get trained for examinations.
Question
Can this course be customized?
Answer
Yes, this course can be customized depending on the student's abilities.
Question
How long will it take for the teacher to respond if the student raises a question after class hours through mail or whatsapp?
Answer
The teacher will respond immediately, unless preoccupied or traveling.
Question
Can the teacher for this course provide students inputs on how and where to find a good Santoor and the approximate cost for the instrument?
Answer
The teacher will provide the students the required guidance to procure the right instrument. In order to help students without the resources to buy a new Santoor, teacher will try guiding them in order to help them source a used Santoor to save on costs.

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