Learn the Fundamentals of Playing Sarod

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by Sougata Roy Chowdhury

25 Years Experience

Honored as one of the best young artists of the decade - Saptak Music Festival, Ahmedabad, and Finalist for Aga Khan Music Awards, Lisbon.

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for 1-on-1, 45 mins class

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Instruction Language

: English, Bengali, French, Hindi

Course Summary

Sarod is one of the most sought-after plucked string instruments among learners and listeners alike. The resonating and soul-stirring sound of Sarod has an ethereal impact. Its expression of Indian classical melodies has a uniquely aesthetic appeal.  

If you want to embark on this blissfully melodious odyssey, here is a golden opportunity. This course is designed for absolutely new learners and also for those who have some learning experience earlier and want to reboot their passion with Sarod once more. 

The course includes all the fundamental lessons that will prepare you to understand the instrument and find melodious expression through it.

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Sougata Roy Chowdhury

Sougata Roy Chowdhury

Experience: 25 Years

From: India

  • Teacher Skill Keywords

    Teacher Skill Keywords

    Indian Classical Music, Sarod

About the Course

The highlights of the course include - 

  • The right posture of sitting and holding the Sarod so that it does not cause any pain or discomfort during the recitals.
  • Understanding the instrument inside out.
  • Learning to tune the instrument
  • Understanding different pitches, intervals, and melodies
  • Instrument Technique - left and right-hand techniques, Finger placements, Plucking techniques, Slides, and Hammer-ons
  • Exercises to develop Sarod-playing skills
  • Scale practice based on Thaats
  • Conception of Ragas (the melodic structures) and Talas (the rhythmic cycles)

After completing this course, you can enroll in the next level course - Sarod Classes for Intermediates.

About the Teacher

Sougata Roy Chowdhury hails from an art and music-oriented Bengali family. His father, Prof. Sarbari Roy Chowdhury, was an eminent sculptor, and his mother, Smt. Ajanta Roy Chowdhury is an Indian classical vocalist of the Agra Gharana.

Sougata started to learn sarod at the age of 10 with Ustad Dhyanesh Khan, son of Sarod Legend Ustad Ali Akbar Khan. After the untimely demise of Dhyanesh Khan, he continued his study with his elder brother, Ustad Aashish Khan, for some time until finally pursuing tutelage under his Guruji, Pandit Santosh Banerjee - a sitar and surbahar player and one of the main disciples of Ustad Mohammed Dabir Khan, the last descendent of the Miyan Tansen family. At present Sougata is training with the senior disciple of Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, Guru Pandit Rajeev Taranath.

Sougata has been performing, teaching, and conducting workshops actively all across the world since the year 2000. Notable accolades gathered by Sougata include being honored as one of the best young artists of the decade by the Saptak Music Festival, Ahmedabad in October 2010 and being awarded as Finalist of the Aga Khan Music Awards, Lisbon 2019.

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Available For All Age-Groups

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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