Santoor Basics For Beginners | Learn To Play Santoor | Introducing Ragas

First Name
Kunal
Last Name
Saha
Course Summary

This course is continuation of the course, Basics of Santoor | An Introduction. It tries to educate students on playing ragas on the Santoor. Students having practiced basic exercises will be guided to learn ragas in this course. Ragas are a very important element in hindustani classical music. Students will get to learn the structure of a raga and other related information. By the end of this course students will be able to render the taught raga 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
class
1 class =
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

Course Details

Students undergoing this course will get introduced to an important feature of hindustani classical music, called the raga. They will be taught the different parts in a raga, things to consider when playing a specific raga. Ragas are classified as per time of day in hindustani classical music, some are meant for mornings, for evenings or for night. The rendition of these ragas tend to bring out the emotion evident in a specific part of the day. This course will introduce students to raga yaman and to other ragas as the course progresses. Students will also get to learn another important element called tala or the rhythm structure. This course will teach students the basics of teen taal, jhap taal and ek taal. Most of the music created in hindustani classical adheres to specific ragas and tala structures. Students will through this course learn about the different aspects that influence ragas as well as the tala they can be performed in. Students through this course will also learn techniques that will help them become better santoor artists.

If the student wants to learn more insights on the Basic's nuances of posture, about the built of santoor, the mallets that are used for playing, the right way to hold the mallets etc, Here is another course tailored by Kunal Saha: Santoor Basics for Beginners | An Introduction

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 into the world of hindustani music by learning the foundational and basics of raga. This course will also enable you to understand and render music as per a tala structure. You will through regular practice be able to play the ragas on the santoor by the culmination of this course.

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 their 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.

Course Specific Benefits

This course helps students embark on the journey of learning hindustani classical music to be played on the santoor. Students learn the basics of a raga as well as the tala structure enabling and equipping with the technique and understanding to render a raga on the santoor. Being tutored by a renowned exponent of santoor, students can be sure they are learning from the best.

Prerequites

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

Weekly Schedule

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Section A
Tue 06:30 AM - 07:15 AM America/New_York
2 Seats
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Section B
Thu 01:30 AM - 02:15 AM America/New_York
2 Seats
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Section C
Wed 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 two hours everyday for practice.
Question
Would students course related material apart from the live sessions?
Answer
Students would receive notations for the ragas being taught as well as YouTube links to refer to 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 customiszed?
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 travelling.
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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