Percussionist/Tabla player - Professional Musician
Teacher - Tabla teacher
Best for total beginners, this short-term course will begin by teaching the different tabla parts and their purpose, followed by learning some of the basic bols. Bols are 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 taals such as teen taal, keharwa, and dadra.
Students will need to have their own tabla and a desire to participate in live online learning with one of the most promising tabla players of his generation, Unmesh Banjeree. Each student will benefit from Unmesh’s lifelong experience and his willingness to tailor the course to his students’ age and learning style. This customization will increase retention and enjoyment for any student. By the end of the 13 weeks, Basic Tabla for Beginners will have provided a strong foundation of knowledge and technique from which students can grow and build on.
About Unmesh Banerjee: As the child of prominent North Indian classical musicians, Unmesh Banjeree has been playing tabla almost his entire life. He began performing at age six and has been playing solos and accompaniment with prestigious artists across India since, including the Sangeet Research Academy and Kalashree Music Circle. Unmesh is an alum of St. Xavier’s Collegiate School, Kolkata and a recipient of the CCRT Scholarship for Young Musicians. He has a keen interest in fusion music, Carnatic rhythm, and challenging taalas and nadais. Unmesh endeavors to infuse interest and respect for this traditional art form in the hearts and minds of all his students.
The ipassio edge: Short term courses deal with creating a strong foundation on a specific topic. The syllabus of a short term course is predefined and ready before the commencement of the course. This gives students an understanding about 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 timeframe. The class strength for short term courses, is limited to 5, ensuring that each student gets attention. A set of 5 individuals enrolling for a short term course encourages learning from peers and social interaction. This short term course bodes good for students passionate about learning, setting them up for the long term or advanced level of learning.
A Tabla set, notebook and pen to note the recitals provided during the class.