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Our modern lifestyles and work deadlines often leave us physically drained and mentally stressed out. Music, especially classical music, has a powerful– almost magical – ability to transport us to a sublime state. India has a particularly rich tradition of highly sophisticated classical music forms that have come down through the ages. Listening to and appreciating Indian classical music can be a particularly rewarding and transcendental experience.
Many of us have a cursory understanding of these traditions, however, seeking true engagement and pleasure from Indian classical music does require some initiation and active effort from the listener. Furthermore, most discussions on Indian classical music center on its academic aspects, and are mainly carried out by theoreticians/musicologists as opposed to practicing musicians. Thus many wouldbe listeners are turned away.
COMPLETING THIS WORKSHOP WILL HELP YOU:
This workshop is designed to initiate audiences with limited or even no exposure to Hindustani or North Indian classical music to its fundamentals. It will introduce the audience to the basic terminology of Indian classical music and its various forms. The audience will be familiarized with the basic components of a performance and taught how to recognize its aesthetic features.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND:
So if you’ve always wanted to learn about Hindustani Classical music and not known where to start, or if you want to know how to be an informed listener and learn to recognize the nuances of this art form, this workshop is for you!
- Brief overview of the six categories of music-s in India
- Brief history of Hindustani Classical Music
- Introduction to basic notes, Saptak and Samvad-s
- Concepts of Raga – Tala – Bandish
- Techniques of Elaboration and design aesthetics
- Forms in classical and semi-classical music
- Instruments and Instrumental music
- Typical formats of contemporary performance of classical music
- Audience etiquette
- Raga-Ras (aesthetic emotion) relation, Raga-Samay (time) relation
- Some general observations and suggestions
- Q & A
The workshop is designed to combine instruction with demonstration and listening to audio/video recordings. Along with audio-visual media, the participants would be given digital notes and AV content to further their understanding of the complexities of North Indian (Hindustani) Classical Music.
About the Mentor
Hindustani Classical Vocalist, Guru, Researcher & Writer
Pushkar is today, one of India’s leading young and soughtafter classical vocalists. A rigorous study of more than two decades with renowned and able Gurus like Pt. Gangadharbua Pimpalkhare, Shri. Vijay Koparkar, Pt. Vijay Sardeshmukh and Pt. Satyasheel Deshpande has enriched Pushkar with a rich fund of knowledge.
Pushkar holds a Master’s Degree in Music from Lalit Kala Kendra (Centre for Performing Arts), University of Pune and is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards and scholarships.
Pushkar has performed at many prestigious music stages all over India and has been to USA, Australia, Belgium, Netherlands, Singapore and UAE for concert tours.
He is the Founder-Director of ‘Gandhaar School of Music’ where students are trained in Hindustani Classical Vocal Music using a contemporary approach.
Pushkar has been featured as one of 35 Young Achievers from all over India, belonging to various fields by INDIA TODAY magazine and has many albums to his credit, brought out by Alurkar Music House, Ninaad Creations, Dreams Entertainment and Sonic Octaves.
What people are saying
“Pushkar brings to his music appreciation workshops, a refreshing contemporary idiom to help us understand an ancient system. Whatever one’s level of exposure to Hindustani Classical Music, the workshop provides clarity, deeper understanding and sheer enjoyment. Both the structure and the content guarantee a rich musical experience to participants.”
Gouri DangeWriter, Counselor
“The workshop was truly outstanding. It was fun, engaging and very insightful. The interactive style and the use of audio / video clips was really nice.”
“I learnt more than I had expected. The presentation was absorbing both visually and audibly. I had an enlightening and very interesting day!”
Elaine Rati KocharBharatanatyam dancer
“My overall experience can be said in one word as ‘Awesome’! The contents and sequence was just perfect. I had a wonderfully engaging and fruitful day.”
Bini RamalingamDevops Engineer
“Pushkar is one of the few artists capable of cogent communications lasting for a few hours. The workshop more than met my expectations. I got to know a lot about Hindustani Classical Music; its origins, the different styles and forms, what to look for or hear in a concert, etc.”
“I consider it as my good luck to have got an opportunity to learn the nuances of North Indian Classical Music from this talented artist and erudite scholar.”
Zubin ZarthoshtimaneshIyengar yoga teacher
“This workshop is just ideal for those who love classical music, but don’t understand much about it and wish to learn more, so as to engage in its more nuanced and meaningful listening and appreciation. Pushkar being an accomplished musician himself, helps make the workshop so much more interesting with his live demonstration and his well thought out erudition.”
Gauri ShikarpurMusic teacher
“Pushkar has the ability to explain aspects of classical music in plain language, and being a performer himself, to also demonstrate them for his audience. Pushkar’s style is low-key, humble and explanatory. He is happy to take questions which make the audience uninhibited and happy to join the journey of exploration.”
Aruna BagcheeRetired IAS Officer
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Pushkar Lele, HCM
The workshop was a perfect introduction to Hindustani classical music. Pushkar went step by step, patiently teaching us the basics. Thanks for the notes so we can revise and do homework on our own beyond the class.
I would be happy to join the next level class if and when it’s made available.
Holistic, enriching workshop
Our mentor Pushkar Lele covered everything about hindustani music , ranging from its spiritual roots, history, types, evolution to its current extent. All this over a span of 4 days (12-14 hours).
He also made it very engaging by actively providing illustrative examples, live demonstrations and activities to experience the theory for oneself , every day.
I heartily recommend this workshop for everyone regardless of age or expertise levels.
Thank You! 🙂
Fantastic workshop…..highly satisfying….
An enriching experience
I thoroughly enjoyed the workshop conducted by Pushkar Lele. For an uneducated person in the nuances of classical hindustani music it was quite enlightening learning about the differences between classical and light classical music. Also I finally understood so many terminologies one hears when attending concerts. Of course learning is an ongoing journey and this workshop has put me on the right path. I can now properly appreciate the hard work and the years of practise an artist puts in to make it look so effortless for the audience.
I am so glad that I took this course, Pushkare Lele did an amazing job of carefully selecting and weaving together many key aspects of an otherwise vast and endless domain. He presented the material in a very organized fashion giving me a truly holistic picture that exposed me to many different facets of Hindustani classical music. Despite the limitations of an online medium for instruction, Pushkar patiently and effortlessly blended enthusiasm with interesting analogies which speaks so much about his knowledge, experience and above all, skill as a teacher. It was clear from the participant responses that his approach appealed to his audience who possessed varying degrees of subject matter expertise. While classical music remains an ocean, I feel less overwhelmed at the thought of delving deeper into it now and it is safe to say that I am more curious than ever to know more; why, I now find myself listening to so many genres that were explained in class. If you want to expand your knowledge on Hindustani music, I highly recommend this 4-day workshop.