Sitar Basics | Hindustani Classical

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This Long term course is for students interested in learning the Hindustani classical stringed instrument, sitar. This course will commence by training students first on the sitting posture, to ensure that the sitarist is sitting in a relaxed, comfortable position when playing the instrument. Students through this course will learn the fundamentals of hindustani classical music starting with the basic notes of sa, re, ga, ma, pa, dha, ni. Students will also learn about the different types of strokes of sitar that produces varying sounds.

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West Bengal

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26 Weeks
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22 Years Experience
From: India
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Hindustani Classical Music
Basics of Sitar
Ragas on Sitar
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Musician Scholar
ITC Sangeet Research Academy, Kolkata

Course Details

This Long term course is designed to teach students popular indian stringed instrument, sitar. This course looks to create a strong foundation in hindustani classical for students wishing to learn the sitar. It begins by training students on the correct posture to be followed when sitting with a sitar.

Sitting posture is important for all sitar players because of the size of the instrument and the length of time they play music. Right posture ensures students are at ease and comfort when playing the sitar so that it does not impact the performance. This course teaches students on the right placement of fingers of the left hand on the fretboard of the sitar, similarly it educates them on how to hold the striker, pluck, otherwise known as mizrab. Once students show confidence in terms of the sitting posture and the finger placement on the sitar, they teacher then introduces them to the first musical lessons on the sitar. They are taught to play the basic notes in hindustani classical music, sa, re, ga, ma, pa, dha, ni on the sitar. The basic notes are followed by teaching the students to play varied combinations of the basic notes such as sa, ,re, ga; re, ga, ma; ga, ma, pa etc. Further on students are taught the different types of ornamentations, such as meend which means a glide from one note to the other. Students also get to learn jhala known as the alteration of main melody string, ghasit, murchona, krintan and jomjoma. Here on students are introduced to rhythmic cycles in hindustani classical music known as tala. For the purpose of this course students will train and learn about a 16 beat rhythm cycle known as teen tala. Students further in this course will learn the basic concepts of ragas, their structure and other information related to them, such as the specification of ragas that states that they be played at specific times in the day. In simple terms in hindustani classical music there are ragas that are meant for early mornings, evening and night. Students in the guidance of the teacher get to practice the raga compositions in ascending and descending order. Students through this course learn basics of yaman, bhagyashree, bhairav, kafi ragas.

After successful completion of this course, students can gear themselves for the next course by Supratik Sengupta: Ragas on Sitar | 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 in good shape after completing this beginners course in sitar learning hindustani classical music. You will be able to play the basic notes in various combination as well as by the end of the course, have the confidence to play the taugt ragas in ascending and descending composition adhering to the 16 beat tala structure or teen tala. This provides for a stable foreground for you to continue learning the sitar, pursuing the next levels.

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 2 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 taught by the young Supratik Sarkar an ace exponent of the sitar who has been groomed at the ITC Sangeet Research Academy, will ensure that students learn the current styles and methods that are being practiced by sitar maestros. Learning as per the guidelines of the sangeet research academy will ensure students learn the in demand tricks and skills from their teacher enabling them to face the next levels with confidence.


A sitar in good playing condition.

Weekly Schedule

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Sun 08:30 AM - 09:15 AM America/New_York
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Sat 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM America/New_York
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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 30 to 45 minutes.
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.
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 traveling.

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