Course Duration12 Weeks
Bachelors In Indian Classical Music from Bhatkhande Music Institute, Lucknow
Masters in Indian Classical Music from Bhatkhande Music Institute, Lucknow
Masters in English Literature from Mithibai/ Mumbai University
Bachelors in management studies from Narsee Monjee School of economics
Over the course of 12 weeks, each 1-hour session will help to improve the control of the muscles needed for singing using a variety of techniques. There are 5 basic steps that will be covered during the student's vocal gym and voice training: Hearing, Control of breath, Practice (Riyaz), and Physical and mental fitness. Students will be required to exercise their voice daily, which not only helps them to achieve better vocal clarity and culture but will also help to strengthen and protect their voice. They will learn how to sing vowels correctly and with proper annunciation, and develop a base within their voice.
Students will learn Swara patterns and how to customize and practice these in accordance with their own unique voice. Kharaj practices and breathing exercises will also be taught and should be practiced daily. Surbhi will also employ different western methods of voice training including bel canto among others. Students will discover their own vocal range and how to use their voice in different ways, depending on the song. They will gain a deep understanding of the Seven Notes used in Indian music and learn to sing notations. This course is open to all musical levels and can be undertaken by anyone wanting to learn the music.
About the Instructor: Trained professionally in Indian classical vocals, Surbhi Samdani is a composer, Indian musician, performer, and playback singer. She has been under the tutelage of many prominent and highly regarded gurus such as Pandit Banwarilal Rao (Jaipur Gharana), Pandit Raja Ram Shukla, and Suresh Wadekar for over 10 years. She graduated with a BA, furthering her studies to gain a MA in Hindustani Classical Music at Bhatkhande Music Institute Deemed University (BMIDU). She has also returned and is working towards gaining her Ph.D. in Musicology at the Institute.
Outside of her studies, Surbhi is a frequent performer of Classical, Semi-Classical, and Light Music in many private shows, local festivals, and has been featured on local Rajasthani TV stations. She has performed outside of her hometown Rajasthan, in other countries such as France, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and Thailand. Surbhi has also collaborated with various artists spanning across China, Latin America, and Europe. Surbhi has also been among the Top 10 winners in the Bollywood category of the Sur Sangam National Youth Music Festival in 2017.
For over seven years, Surbhi has been teaching private music lessons, focusing on the Hindustani classical style. She has also organized Indian Music workshops all across India, Paris, and Holland.
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 long duration of this course, keeps the student inspired and motivated to achieve more.
This course is for anyone who has an interest and passion to learn music and would want to polish their voice and is above the age of 15 years.