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1st Class from Rabindra Bharati University Kolkata
Accompanist Artist - ITC Sangeet Research academy, Kolkata.
Tabla teacher/Guru - Kalavandita Academy
Students who would enroll in this Banaras style Gharana Tabla course will be exposed to beginner, intermediate and advanced lessons in Tabla. The application of the theoretical techniques will be discussed in these online sessions where the enrolled students will be learning Tabla extensively on advanced theme and variation based compositions: Kaidas & Relas and fixed compositions such as Tukras, Gats, Parans, and Chakradar. Students will also learn How to make a Tihai by learning tabla-based formulae and other Rhythm exercises on microbeats to develop a command over laya. Students completing this course will be able to perform in front of an audience after regular practice and learning with commitment.
Advanced compositions will be taught on Teental (16 beats), Jhaptaal (10 beats), and Rupak (7 beats). Students will get guidance on how to play a Tabla solo step by step with the lehra accompaniment on Harmonium or Sarangi. Also, I will share my experience on how to accompany with Instrumental and Vocal in Hindusthani Classical, Semi - Classical, Light Music (Ghazal, Bhajan, Regional songs etc) and Experimental Fusion Music (with grooves). Apart from teaching compositions, applications will be taught. Practising Five Different Tempos in Teentaal, Rupak and Jhaptaal. Single (1), 1.5 times, Double (2), 3 times & Chaugun (4 times). Students will learn how to make a Tihai along with some complex rhythm exercises on Microbeats and Three Jatis (finger counts of the beat) out of Five: Tisrajati (3), Chatusrajati (4) & Khandajati (5) and will also learn how to fit a Jhaptaal composition in Teentaal.
About the teacher: The accompanist has to understand the psyche of the artiste as well as the requirement of the moment and accordingly give either sub dent support or one to one dialogue or absolutely thrilling display of his talent. Prangopal Bandopadhyay and his Tabla have these entire characteristics in abundance. An ardent admirer of the art of sangaat, the young Tabla player Sri Prangopal Bandopadhyay was born in 1979 and is the son & disciple of the renowned Tabla Maestro Pandit Anandagopal Bandopadhyay of Banaras Gharana. He was born and brought up within the walks of rhythm. He has started his initial training from his illustrious father at the age of four and continued his talim till today. He has every quality to establish himself as a very promising classical Tabla player in the next 21st century. Prangopal has already earned appreciation from music lovers as well as reputed musicians for his brilliant solo performance with his father and his own, also at many prestigious music conferences. He has a bright promising future ahead. Within a short period, he has already gained an appreciation for his auspicious solo performance and accompaniment with some of the elegant music personalities. He is now a b-high grade regular artist in All India Radio and Doordarshan. He graduated in music in 2002 and stood first in his class while completing his M.A. in Music from the Rabindra Bharati University (Kolkata) in the year 2003. In 2020 he had been awarded the Akhil Bharatiya Pratibha Puraskar (National Award) by the Art & Cultural Trust of India.
This course is best suited for those students looking to hone their skills and take their Tabla playing to a professional level. Students get well versed in playing different complex compositions following the various rhythmic cycles of varying beats. This course also enhances the Tabla players' solo playing and accompaniment abilities with its emphasis on making the student capable of performing in front of an audience. The rigorous practice of at least two to three hours, through the duration of this course, ensures students can carry on exploring complex compositions and try various improvisations. The traditional style of learning ensures that the student imbibes the best.
Students enrolling for this course on ipassio can be rest assured that they will receive individual attention from the teacher, as the class strength is limited to 1. It also gives teachers the opportunity, to gauge their student's progress in-depth and make changes whenever and wherever required, to ensure the student gets the maximum out of this course. Since this course is 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.
This course requires a tabla set in good condition and a good internet connection.