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Gurukul School of Music Summer Classes

Beginning in May, 2011, a new series of instrumental and vocal classes will be held in conjunction with the Anindo Chatterjee School of Tabla. Led by sitar maestro Pt. Krishna Bhatt, the sessions will introduce students to the techniques and compositions of the Maihar Gharana (school) of the legendary Baba Ustad Allaudin Khan. Classes will begin Monday, May 2nd, 2011.

Advanced Instrumental/Sitar Class
This course will provide students with an in-depth exploration of raga form, with a special emphasis on composition and improvisation techniques. The class will have a special focus on the sitar, but it is open to any instrument (Western or Indian, tuned to play in a key of C#). Classes will be held Mondays at 7:30pm. Students of any instrument are encouraged to participate so long as they can be tuned to a key of C# or D.

Beginner Instrumental/Sitar Class
The beginner class will cover many of the basic techniques of instrumental Hindustani music, such as meend (bending of notes), bols (rhythmic patterns) and paltas (instrumental exercises). This course is perfect for anyone interested in beginning their journey on the sitar, though other instruments are also welcome, so long as they can be tuned to the key of C# or D. Classes will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7:30pm.

Vocal Class
North Indian classical music is an oral tradition, and vocal music provides a fundamental key to understanding the Hindustani musical style. The vocal course will explore the basic tenets of Hindustani vocal music, as well as the different styles of singing and composition of North India. Pt. Bhatt will hold classes on Sunday afternoons at 3:00pm. Instrumentalists are also encouraged to attend.

Pricing
Fees are for the two-month session.
$400 – 1 Class per week. (8 classes)
$700 – 2 classes per week. (16 classes)
Auditors can attend all classes for $400.

The location will be announced in the coming weeks.

Contact: andrew@ragamalaproductions.com
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