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Percussionist/Tabla player - Professional Musician
Teacher - Tabla teacher
This beginner course for kids focuses on developing the love for tabla, a primary impetus for kids to pursue the instrument in the future. It includes an introduction to the following: Taal Structure, Literature of tabla, Taal exercises, Basic finger techniques kaidas, and a few fixed compositions. The course will be an introduction to this beautiful instrument, sitting posture, different parts of the Tabla, and the hand positions the enrolled student would need to learn to play the instrument. Recitation of the taals is very important in this stage. So in the beginning, while practicing at home, children will not forget with which finger and with which hand they have to play those syllables.
After learning the basic kaidas and some compositions, they will be taught the required basic phrases. In this way of teaching by Unmesh Banerjee, students will learn Tabla very systematically with no tension and they will enjoy playing and practicing. Your instructor for this course, Unmesh is passionate about sharing the knowledge that he has received from his masters with fellow rhythm enthusiasts. He has been training tabla students since a young age. He has also been training drummers, singers, and instrumentalists of various genres from across the globe and introducing them to the magic of Indian rhythm - The Carnatic system and the North Indian system.
About the instructor: One of the most promising tabla players of his generation, Unmesh Banerjee hails from a family steeped deep into North Indian Classical Music. Unmesh was also fortunate to receive guidance from the legend Acharya Pandit Shankar Ghosh and from Pandit Bickram Ghosh. He received taalim in raga music from his mother Smt Bharati Banerjee Nanavati. Unmesh endeavors to infuse interest and respect of the traditional art form in the hearts and minds of the younger generation. With his crisp hand, sharp brain, and flair for rhythm he has been performing tabla solos and accompanying various artists across India right from the tender age of 6. He has been an artist of All India Radio and recipient of the CCRT Scholarship and an ICCR approved artist. He has been part of a cultural exchange program in Dublin, Ireland representing his alma mater, St.Xavier’s Collegiate School, Kolkata. Unmesh has performed with veterans like Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan, Ustad Rashid Khan, Talat Aziz, Pandit Amiya Ranjan Bandyopadhyay, Pandit Somnath Mardur, Pandit Atul Upadhye, and many other such veterans and music legends.
He has been a part of festivals like Sangeet Research Academy, Kalashree Music Circle, NCPA, CCRT unity in diversity meet, Legends of India, Aradhana Sangeet Academy, Lokmanya Samajik, Sanskriti Kendra Yuva Pratibhotsav, Hampi Utsav, Mahindra Kabira Festival, Facebook Promo, Genexx Annual Conference, Dumru Emerging Talents, etc. Unmesh is often featured as a guest artist for Zee-Bangla Saregamapa, a popular reality show. He was also featured as a guest artist in the famed guitarist Harri Stojka's popular band The Indian Express and toured Austria with his band. Unmesh was felicitated by Bangiya Sanskriti Samsad, Pune for his contributions in the field of music in Pune.
Unmesh is currently the Head of the department of BEATS, the rhythm department of Ustad Rashid Khan Saheb's academy The Fifth Note Global Center of Excellence. Unmesh also shows a keen interest in experimental music, rich in its content. His initiative, The Ki Ta Dha Project, is a collaborative project to portray the magic of Indian rhythm. Unmesh is organic with almost all percussion instruments including the Kanjira, Cajon, and the Bongo.
The primary focus of this beginner course for kids is to develop an interest in tabla in children. This course is an introduction to the Tabla, one of the most well-known and popular percussion instruments in Hindustani classical music. In this course the student will be introduced to this beautiful instrument, how to sit with it, different parts of the Tabla, and the hand position. They will also learn basic strokes, kaidas, and taal exercises. They will also learn how to recite. This all will make them understand the instrument and start playing it with proper finger articulations.
Students enrolling for this course on ipassio can be sure that they receive individual attention from the teacher, as the class strength is limited to 1 or 2 students. 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 duration of this course, keeps the student inspired and motivated to achieve more.
Subconscious learning is one of the best ways to learn a new culture or music for small kids. Therefore the parents will have to help in exposing their children to an adequate amount of quality Indian Classical Music, especially of the instrument tabla. This is an introduction course, so it's not necessary that students will have any knowledge about Tabla, they will learn everything from scratch. It will be an added bonus if they have the prior interest to know and learn this instrument.