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Sitar

Sitar, a variant of ancient string instrument Veena, developed into its present form in 18th century. It has become one of the most popular string-plucked instrument in India & abroad. Its resonance is the result of its gourd, 7+13 strings. This course is affiliated with PrayagSangitSamiti, Allahabad.

6 levels of 12 months each, twice a week - one hour per session

Sem 101:

Playing Alankaars (Preliminary Swar Patterns) playing on Sitar.

Playing Raag Bhoopali

Playing Raag Yaman

Taal Orientation

Playing Light Songs

Music Appreciation

Assessment

Sem 102:

Playing Alankaars – Swar & Taal patterns

Playing Raag Bhairav

Playing Raag Bihaag and Gats

Playing Raag Kaafi and Gats

Understanding of Taals: Teentaal & Keherva

Playing Raag Based Bhajan, understanding rhythm in Bhajan

Music appreciation

Assessment

Sem 103:

Alankaars (concept of creating Varn and Alankaar thereafter) playing on Harmonium.

Raag Alhaiyya Bilawal

Raag Khamaaj

Introduction to Taraana in Raag Khamaaj and Raag Bihaag

Taals: Chaartaal and Daadra

Layakari in Taals

Music Notations – Swar-lipi writing

Gazal in Dadra

Exams

Sem 201:

Playing Intense Alankaars

Introduction to playing Bada Khayaal - Raag Yaman (Vilambit)

Description of Tanpura and practice to play along with Tanpura

Playing Raag Durga

Playing Raag Desh

Taal: Ektaal and Rupak

Playing Light Music

Music appreciation

Understanding of musical terms: Aashray Raag, Aandolan, Aandolan sankhya, Naad ki visheshtaayen, Comparision of Shruti n Naad

Reading & Writing swar-lipi of Vilambit and Chota khayal

Assessment

Sem 202:

Playing Intense Alankaars

Playing Raag Bihaag (Vilambit) (Albele sapne)

Playing Raag Bageshri and it’s Gats

Playing Raag Bhimpalasi and it’s Gats.

Introduce to play Dhrupad with Taali & Khaali (Raag Yaman)

Taal: Teevra & Sooltaal (with laykaaris)

Playing Raag based Filmy Gazal

Music appreciation / Listening Session of legends

Understanding of musical terms:- Geet ke prakaar, Geet ke avyav, Grah swar, Ansh swar, Nyaas swar,

Vakr swar Comparision of Raags (Raag Khamaaj, Raag Desh and Raag Vrindavani Sarang)

Music appreciation / Listening Session

Assessment

Sem 203:

Playing Raag Alhaiyya Bilawal (Vilambit)

Playing Raag Vrindavani Sarang

Playing Raag Asavari and Gats

Playing Raag Bhairavi and toda

Introduction to play Dhrupad with rythmic patterns (laykaari)

Taal: Jhaptaal

Know to make track on Harmonium.

Music appreciation

Understanding of musical terms: Chalan and Ang of all the raags, Comparision between Raag Kaafi, Raag Bageshri and Raag Bhimpalasi, Vaadi swar ka raag ke samay ke saath sambandh

Final Exams

Sem 301:

Playing Raag Tilak Kaamod

Playing Raag Hameer

Playing Raag Kedar

Playing Raag Tilang

Taal: Dhamaar

Introduce Tigun Lay and lehra

Playing Aalaap (self made)

Assessment

Sem 302:

Playing Paltas and Aalaaps

Playing Raag Kalingda

Playing Raag Jaunpuri

Playing Raag Malkauns

Understanding of Taal Dhamaar laykaaris

Playing along with Dhrupad in Malkauns

Understanding of Taal: Deepchandi & Tilwada

Light Music

Karaoke sessions

Introduction to Western Music – Keyboard Session

Understanding of musical terms: Parts of the Taanpura and the use and importance of those parts; tuning and baithak for a Tanpura and a Tanpura player respectively

Classification of a raag on the basis of the Vaadi swar and the swars used in the scale Sandhiprakash raag and raag with komal G and N

Assessment

Sem 303:

Playing Raag based Paltas

Playing Raag Patdeep

Playing Raag Pilu

Playing Raag Bageshri (Vilambit)

Playing Raag Bhimpalasi (Vilambit)

Understanding f Taal: Jhoomra

Playing Light Music

Recording Studio session

Music appreciation

Exams

Sem 401:

Playing Raag Deshkar

Playing Raag Kamod

Playing Raag Jaijaivanti

Understanding Taal: Tappa

Music appreciation

Playing Light music

Understanding of musical terms: Geet ke prakaar, Nibaddh and Anibaddh gaan, Understanding Raag Raagini paddhati

Assessments

Sem 402:

Playing Raags Multani

Playing Raag Marwa

Playing Raag Shankara

Understanding of Avirbhaav - Tirobhaav

Playing and Introduction to Chaturang (Raag Kedar)

Understanding of Taal: Aada Chartaal

Music appreciation

Playing Light Music

Understanding of musical terms: Adhwadarshak swar, samay chakra and Parmel praveshak raag, Adhunik aalaap gayan and taan ke prakaar, Sandheeprakash raag, Sankeern raag, Introduction to the 32 thaats of indian classical music and names of adhunik and praacheen thaats, Swar paddhati comparison between Dakshin and Uttar Bhartiya Sangeet.

Assessments

Sem 403:

Playing Raag Sohni and toda

Playing Raag Purvi and toda

Playing Raag Bahaar

Understanding of Taal: Jat – Taal, Punjabi

Music appreciation

Studio session

Tabla session

Exams

Sem 501:

Playing Raag Gaud malhaar

Playing Raag Shree

Playing Raag Chhayanat

Understanding of Taals: Addha, Matt Taal, Pancham Savari

Music appreciation

Playing Light Music

Understanding of musical terms: Anibdh geet ke pracheen prakar: raag Aalaap, rupak Aalaap, Gayki-Nayki, History of Shruti and Swar Vibhajan, Shadaj Pancham bhav, Calculation of Andolan Sankhya as per the length of the Taar

Taals: Pancham Sawari and Matt

Raag Comparisons: Khamaj-Dhesh-Jaijaivanti-Gaud Malhar; Poorvi-shree; Chhayanat-Kedar-Hameer-Kamod; Adaana-Aasawari-Jaunpuri

Assessment

Sem 502:

Playing Drupad in Raag Shree

Playing Raag Todi

Playing Taraana in Raag Adaana

Playing Raag Darbaari Kanhaada

Playing Raag Hindol

Understanding of Taal: Gaj Jhampa

Music appreciation

Playing Light Music

Theory topics: Alpatva- Bahutva, Aavirbhav-Tirobhav, Essay Writing, Biography

Understanding of Taals: Adha, Punjabi and Gajjampa

Rang Comparisons: Todi-Multani; Darbari-Adaana; Hindol-Yaman-Kedar-Hameer, Chhayanat-Gaud Malhar

Assessments

Sem 503:

Playing Raag Gaud Sarang

Playing Raag Vibhaas

Playing Raag Puriya

Understanding of Taal: Punjabi

Music appreciation

Playing Light Music

Studio session

Presentation

Final Exams

Sem 601:

Playing Raag Lalit

Playing Raag Deshi

Playing Raag Basant

Understanding of Taal: Lakshmi

Playing Thumri

Music appreciation

Session with Sureshji

Assessment

Sem 602:

Playing Raag Miya Malhaar

Playing Raag Raageshree

Playing Raag Malgunji

Playing Raag Puriya Dhanashree

Understanding of Taal: Brahma

Music appreciation

Understanding Thumri & Gazal

Explain Avirbhaav Tirobhaav with the help of Raags

Session with Suresh Wadkar ji

Assessment

Sem 603:

Playing Raag Shuddh Kalyaan

Playing Raag Ramkali

Playing Raag Paraj

Understanding of Taal: Rudra

Music appreciation

Playing Taraana, Chaturang

Avirbhaav Tirobhaav

References to Raag from previous years

Individual playing

Exam

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