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zennman

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Hello all,

Just wanted to let you know that we now have a wonderful new tabla teacher in the Philadelphia area. Shri. Aqueel Bhatti was born to a musical family in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. He and his father are both disciples of the well-known tabla master Ustad Khalipha Irshad Ali of the Punjab Gharana. He has been performing concerts and shows on national television since his youth. He currently resides in northeast Philadelphia, and is in the process of establishing a music school here to teach the Pakistani style Punjab gharana tabla playing. He is already the tabla instructor at a leading Indian music program at a premier university in Philadelphia. He can be reached at 215-275-5918 for more information.
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Hi,

I am curious - what university are you referring to, and what Indian music program? It is rare to find an Indian music degree program in North America and I like to stay informed.

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Shawn

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zennman

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Univ. of Pennsylvania. I didn't mean an Indian music degree program as such, but just an old and established Indian music curriuculum. Courses have been offered here continuously since the 1960's, and is currently directed by the wonderful Dr. Allyn Miner (sitar). There are just two dedicated instrumental performance classes now (tabla and sitar), but classes on the history, culture, and evolution of Indian classical music are also offered.
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Shawn

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Interesting. In what context are these courses offered? Are they elective courses for Western music majors? Or, can they be taken by non-music students as well?

I ask because I run the newly formed Tabla Ensemble at McGill University in Montreal. It is a course open to all music students. Tabla is also available to students as private lessons, however these tend to be for percussion or drumset majors only. Other than this, there is no other Indian music here yet, though I am working on it!

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Shawn

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zennman

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Hi Shawn,

Both Tabla I and Sitar I are offered as courses open to all students. It is offered as a course under the college of general studies, so it is available to whomever wants to learn it. It is of course counted as credit towards the major/minor for music students. Tabla II and Sitar II have some prerequisites, but if you have some prior string instrument or percussion experience, one can take II before I also. Typically though, the syllabus for both semesters are similar, just different ragas and different kaidas are taught. Apart from Sitar I and II, Intermediate Sitar is also offered as a course, and Advanced Sitar is offered as an independent study. There is no intermediate tabla class, but an independent study is offered. The music and culture of north India courses are offered under South asia studies and Music prorams. So they are offered as electives towards a major/minor in either field. But I think they are open to everyone also.

Best wishes with your course ! It sounds really interesting !
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Shawn

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Hi Zennman,

If you're curious, you can visit our website here - http://www.music.mcgill.ca/~perc/tablaensemble.html

There are a few pictures, and a newspaper article.

Regards,

Shawn

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