In sync with Hindustani Classical music

Apr 29, 2014, 09:36 IST | Hassan M kamal

The True School of Music is now offering customised lessons on composing music based on Indian ragas

After offering a range of courses on Western music, The True School of Music is now offering special lessons on Hindustani Classical music.

The Hindustani Classical music course has been created by Aneesh Pradhan and Shubha Mudgal. File pic
The Hindustani Classical music course has been created by Aneesh Pradhan and Shubha Mudgal. File pic

The programmes, created in association with musicians Shubha Mudgal and Aneesh Pradhan among others, aim to offer the know-how and methods of writing and composing music based on Indian ragas and instruments.

Ashutosh PhatakAshutosh Phatak

Ashutosh Phatak, co-founder of The True School of Music, says that the course offers a platform to learn and understand Indian ragas, and their usage from a composer’s point of view. “Traditionally, Hindustani Classical Music is taught using the application of voice and instrument.

People have been using this knowledge to translate it into compositions. Unfortunately, a lot of people making commercial music today don’t possess traditional training and end up copying the same ragas.

This course aims to fill this gap by incorporating Western methods of learning and teaching music, and will help them write music on their own,” says Phatak.

“The course is formatted into a Western method, with exams, projects and classes. It’s putting a Western technique of transferring knowledge to teach Indian ragas.

The idea behind starting the school was to build a bunch of courses and a combination of experiences, which a student is free to choose from based on his need and understanding.

They are engineering modules, vocal modules, and instrument modules. These courses are very customisable. With Indian ragas, we have achieved a new milestone,” he says.

There are two courses on offer foundation and professional each designed to meet the needs of those already part of the entertainment and related industries, like advertising as well as newbies, who may or may not have any knowledge of Indian ragas but wish to learn the same.

“These courses have been created to offer direct application in modern media, especially keeping in mind the needs of those who are already making commercial music like jingles or background scores.

It’s being taught from the point of helping them understand why certain ragas exist, and has been created for teaching an experienced producer, as well as a newbie,” informs Phatak.

He adds that the idea is to translate and offer people a chance to look at music as a viable career. While the foundation curriculum is already a part of the courses available at the music institute, The True School of Music, founded by Phatak and audio engineer Nitin Chandy, will begin offering professional courses by June.

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