Starting in May, a new series of music classes will begin for those interested in learning sitar and North Indian classical vocal and instrumental music in New York City. Here are the details:
Gurukul School of Music Summer Classes
Led by sitar maestro Pt. Krishna Bhatt, the classes will introduce students to the techniques and compositions of the Maihar Gharana (school) of the legendary Baba Ustad Allaudin Khan. Sessions will begin Monday, May 2nd, 2011. A second 8 week session will begin in July.
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 at all levels are encouraged to participate.
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.
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.
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.