An evening gateway to Hindustani classical music

Jul 15, 2012, 09:41 IST | Nivedita Dargalkar

Renowned vocalist and tabla maestro Pandit Kumar Shashwat will be conducting an interactive workshop on the different aspects of Hindustani classical music today at the Art Loft, Bandra

Clean the wax out of your ears and start brushing up on your alaaps and taals. The practice will come in handy at the discussion on the dynamics and evolution of Indian classical music at the Art Loft in Bandra today.

Vocalist and tabla maestro Pandit Kumar Shashwat at a concert

Vocalist and tabla maestro Pandit Kumar Shashwat will spearhead the workshop. The two-hour interactive session will enable the audience to experience a live demonstration of different Hindustani music styles like Draupad, Khayal, Thumri, Ghazal, and Geet bhajan. In-depth insights will also be given on the different styles and gharanas of Indian classical music, and works of various maestros will be discussed.

What does Pandit Shashwat hope to leave the audience with at the end of the session? “Through this workshop, I will take the audience into the realms of Indian classical music. They will have an opportunity to experience and learn various vocal techniques, and they will leave with the ability to understand and truly appreciate Indian classical singing. The workshop is designed in such a way so as to give even a lay person a fair idea and understanding of Indian classical music.”

Panditji, who is also the music advisor to the British Education Authority, is saddened by the lack of knowledge we have about our own musical heritage. Citing the example of his long stay in the United Kingdom from 1984 to 2009, he says, “I noticed that even a lay person there would be able to tell you the difference between the violin and the viola. But in India, you ask a person the difference between sarangi and surbahar, and chances are that he/ she will have no idea.”

He adds, “Indians have long taken their rich musical legacy for granted. Through this discussion, I look forward to igniting a liking and interest in the minds of the audience.” Echoing a similar view-point, Vishad Sanghvi, co-founder, Gyan Exchange (.com), the company that is co-organising this workshop in association with the Art Loft, says, “Panditji was very keen on holding an interactive workshop on the appreciation of different aspects of Indian classical music, as these days, people are not very aware of the rich classical music heritage that India boasts. This workshop will serve as a platform to achieve this goal.”

At: July 15, 5 to 7pm, The Art Loft, Valentino Rest, 1st floor, next to Mehboob studio, Bandra (W)
Call: 9930483966
Cost: Rs 1,200


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