Mastering the Sitar for Advanced Students | Maihar Gharana Style

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Building on a foundation of basic knowledge, this long-term course teaches sitar at the advanced level. Taught by expert musician and educator Prabir Bhattacharya, students will learn Indian classical music theory and practice, including the study of notation, alap and various thaats. Students will also learn to produce a Raga encompassing all its forms and beauty. Best for students who have already gone through sitar lessons for beginners and learned the basics, this course is a journey in mastering the sitar.

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80 Weeks
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20 Years Experience
From: India
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Maihar Gharana
Hindustani Classical Music
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Master of Arts
Rabindra Bharati University
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Rabindra Bharati University
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Satya Sai University of Higher Learning

Course Details

This is an advanced course lasting a year and a half, during which students will learn technique, theory and practice from a highly skilled and experienced instructor, Prabir Bhattacharya. This course is recommended for those who have already studied the basics of sitar and have a foundation of knowledge to build on. Through live online learning, students will discover the theoretical knowledge necessary for mastering their instrument and style of music. Lessons cover the notation system of Bhatkhande, the talas with Tali and Khali, Ragas and Paltas, 10 Thaats of Hindustani music, as well as lessons in tempo and sounds. Students will also learn alap, a distinctive improvisation technique. 

At the successful completion of this course, students will be able to play advanced compositions and exercises, as well as have a theoretical understanding of Indian classical music. Each student will benefit from Prabir Bhattacharya’s extensive background in music, including his experience as a scholar, educator, performer and composer. Mr. Bhattacharya teaches the concepts of this course through lectures and demonstrations, as well as question and answer sessions with students. Students will need their own sitar and time to set aside for lessons and practice for the duration of the course.

If the student wants to learn more insights on the Basic's of sitar-like posture and instrument placement, Here is another course tailored by Prabir Bhattacharya: Learning The Sitar For Beginners | Sitar Lessons Notes For Beginners | Maihar Gharana Style

About Prabir Bhattacharya:  Prabir Bhattacharya is a highly accomplished musician and exponent of the new generation of sitarists, bringing passion and expertise to each of his lessons. Studying since the age of 12, Mr. Bhattacharya trained under world-renowned artists. He has two degrees in music from Rabindra Bharati University, a bachelor of arts with honors and a master of arts, as well as numerous awards and scholarships. For the last 10 years, he’s been performing in India and abroad, including a recent tour in Russia. Mr. Bhattacharya is also dedicated to education and continues to serve as a visiting fellow at the Sai Mirpuri Music College of Higher Learning.

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.


Students will need their own sitar and time to set aside for lessons and practice for the duration of the course.

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Mon 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM America/New_York
Wed 03:30 AM - 04:30 AM America/New_York
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Section B
Wed 05:30 AM - 06:30 AM America/New_York
Thu 12:00 AM - 01:00 AM America/New_York
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Will I be able to play in concerts within six months?
If you are giving your full attention to the practice with the guidelines of your teacher, it can be possible to reach a level.
How much time should a student devote to practice everyday?
Students should devote at least an hour to practice everyday.
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 day 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 the class?
In case the teacher is unavailable for the scheduled class, he/she will inform the students two day 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.
How long will it take for the teacher to respond if the student raises a question after class hours through mail or the platform?
Students should get a response within 24 hours, if the teacher is not preoccupied or travelling.

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