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joel

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Hi All

My wife and I are planning a long month in India next Jan and I want to take the opportunity to study with a different teacher.

I've been learning Sitar for seven years - I've played Guitar for 16 so I've made pretty good progress.

We're looking at flying into Mumbai or Delhi and flying back from Bangalore. I'd like to find somewhere to study between those places ideally somewhere that is chilled out - ie not in the center of Mumbai! Somewhere like Pondicherry but less touristy would be ideal!

Anyone have any ideas???

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Hi from the forums Joel!!

I've been learning Sitar for seven years - I've played Guitar for 16 so I've made pretty good progress.
What? On your own as a guitarist???? There'll be so many here balking at that statement. I know what you mean but, as we ALL know here, sitar is nothing like a guitar!

You'll find many teachers in Delhi from the near useless tourist types to the very expensive 'tourist' types.
Will you be visiting Varanasi/Banaras at all as I know quite a few teachers there & I'll be there in Jan?

What style are you learning?

Nick
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joel

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Don't panic :wink:

I have not been learning as a guitarist - I mean it helped because my hands were very nimble and my mind was very musical, I have not bastardised the instrument. I've put the time in.

I study with Baluji Shrivastav, I binged quite heavy over the first 4 years with him and now I go and see him as and when I can, he throws a Raga composition at me, I record the lesson and work on it over the month.

My reportorie is quite thin but I can do nice versions of about five or six Ragas, My band make some pretty interesting fusion:

http://www.myspace.com/sundaydriverinuk

I love Niladri Kumar's classical work.

At present we have no set schedule, except we need to start in the North and end in bangalore. I guess keeping to the west coast would make sense - but as long as we can get a train back it's all an option.

Tell me about Varanasi/Banaras?

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rex@sitar.co.za

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http://ragakhan.free.fr/Chhoteenglish.htm

..He's based in Panjim and is an excellent teacher. You could stay on one of Goa's beaches and commute in for lessons.
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joel

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Looks nice, I was hoping for somewhere a bit further North than Goa though... any others?

Trippy Monkey - tell me more about Varanasi/Banaras!

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trippy monkey

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There are many very good teachers in Varanasi!
There are many Tourist teachers too that will teach according to how long you'll be there.

If we can meet there in January I can introduce you to a few who will teach you well, no matter how long you'll be there. You can get extra tuition if you like!

What style would you like to play although they would all teach similar basics to a beginner?

Nick
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joel

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Hey that sounds cool, thanks Nick

I'm really quite open to styles, I want to learn something different, maybe even from a Karnatic teacher... it's really that I want to find a good teacher who will listen to me play and show me something different.. I don't want someone who is too old school in the sense that "This is how I play sitar - THIS IS HOW YOU HAVE TO PLAY!"

My teacher is blind so over the years although his amazing sense of hearing works out what my hands are doing wrong... I can get away with a lot of things (like not using a fist shape for the first 3 years, or bouncing my thumb about during Jhala) - so I'd like someone to discipline my techniques.

Although I've been lazy in the respect of learning lots of Raga's - I'm not a begineer,

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Mulamoodan

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Reg carnatic style- they usually can not help you with sitar techniques, since carnatic players use the veena.

I have come across only one player (only over the web) who plays sitar carnatic style, and is simply awesome:
http://www.sitarsivaramakrishna.com/

He is in Chennai, I think. He got some youtube videos you can check out.
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Lars

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Originally Posted by "joel"
Hey that sounds cool, thanks Nick

I'm really quite open to styles, I want to learn something different, maybe even from a Karnatic teacher... it's really that I want to find a good teacher who will listen to me play and show me something different.. I don't want someone who is too old school in the sense that "This is how I play sitar - THIS IS HOW YOU HAVE TO PLAY!"

My teacher is blind so over the years although his amazing sense of hearing works out what my hands are doing wrong... I can get away with a lot of things (like not using a fist shape for the first 3 years, or bouncing my thumb about during Jhala) - so I'd like someone to discipline my techniques.

Although I've been lazy in the respect of learning lots of Raga's - I'm not a begineer,
I have your teachers CD from long ago, I like his playing. Along with Nick's contacts I'd recommend Varanasi as well although it is a city but a great place to learn. I recommend http://www.benaresmusicacademy.com , there are a lot of good teachers there in addition to them but they've got a good relatively organized thing going and you can stay at the academy which is comfortable and quiet. There are daily lessons there and you can walk a mile or so to study with Pandit Shivnath Mishra at his house also a few times a week. He is the closest person to a Saint I've ever known in India and I've known him for many years now, no upsell and they'll tailor lessons according to your time there. Also don't miss the kite festival in Varanasi in January it's a lot of fun....

Lars

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