B.A from calcutta University
Tabla Teacher - Ganguly College of Music
This long-term tabla course for beginners will begin with the talented Tirtha Bandhopadhyay teaching you the different tabla parts and their purpose, followed by learning some of the basic bols. Bols is the different sounds produced by the Tabla (Indian drums) when striking them in a certain way. These notes are then used to play different types of compositions—like kaida, rela, tukra, and chakradar. Further along in the course, the instructor will teach the concepts of tala and theka—the basics of rhythm—and students will learn a few of the more common taals. By the end of the course, students will be able to play taalas such as teen taal, keharwa, and dadra. Moving on, these students will be taught some basic exercises to get the feel of the tabla and to exercise the fingers. Next, students get to learn about teen taal, a 16 beat rhythmic cycle. Teen taal, also referred to as the king of taalas is a preferred tala for musicians especially as a solo artist. Students will get to practice basic compositions in teen taal to get them accustomed to the emanating sound and finger movement. This customization will increase retention and enjoyment for any student. By the end of the 18 weeks, this course will have provided a strong foundation of knowledge and technique from which students can grow and build on.
About the teacher: Your instructor for the course is Tirtha Bandhopadhyay, the acclaimed Tabla player. He teaches Tabla at all levels through ipassio. Music and playing this classic musical instrument is his life and passion. Mr. Bandhopadhyay has been awarded, by Doverlane Music conference, State Music Academy, Prachin Kalakendra (Chandigarh). He has also received a national scholarship from the Ministry of Human Development and has also been part of regular artistic ventures from All India Radio (AIR) and Doordarshan Television. Additionally, he has also toured several times to the USA, UK, Germany, etc. to play Tabla solo and also accompanying so many renowned artists.
After completing the course they can play tabla solo completely with Suruat, Kaida, Rela,Tukra,Gaat,Chakradar etc. at least half an hour smoothly.
Students enrolling for this course on ipassio have the advantage of getting introduced to or learn the intricacies of an art form, from an experienced exponent of the art. This course deal with creating a strong foundation on a specific topic. The syllabus of this course is predefined and ready before the commencement of the course. This gives students an understanding of the knowledge they will gain in the stipulated period of time, helping them in their planning and decision making. The persistent support from teachers enables the student to accomplish and achieve the desired result or outcome within the given time frame. The class strength for this course is limited to 2, ensuring that each student gets attention. A set of 2 individuals enrolling for this course encourages learning from peers and social interaction. This course bodes well for students passionate about learning, setting them up for the long-term or advanced level of learning.
The student should have a pair of tabla (daya and baya) with bira (where tabla can be seated) one hammer for tuning. Skills are not mandatory still if you have some knowledge to play DHA DHIN TEREKETE etc., then it would be convenient for the instructor to teach.