Hindustani Vocal

Overview

Hindustani Vocal music is the classical music of Northern India. Shankar Mahadevan Academy provides the unique opportunity for students everywhere to learn Hindustani Vocal music from the convenience of their own home through a highly structured curriculum, a clear path for progression, and certifications for completion. Level Certificates are given to students at each of seven levels: Sa, Re, Ga, Ma, Pa, Dha and Ni. Each level requires the student to complete the courses listed under it and pass the level exam. Students who are new to the Academy start with the first course in each of the levels, depending on prior experience. Entry into any level will require new students to take and pass the assessment for the prior level.

Hindustani Vocal 101

Prerequisites:

Anyone above the age of 6 yrs. Interest in music and curiosity to discover the joy of learning are the only other prerequisites.

Overview:

This course is ideal for students looking to take their first steps into the world of Hindustani Vocal Music. The course aims at providing a strong foundation where learning is a process of constant discovery. The student acquires the ability to u…

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Topics covered:
  • Prayer
  • Swaras And Patterns
  • Folk Music
  • Swara Sadhana
  • Raga
  • Chhota Khayal
  • Rhythm Patterns And Swara Patterns
  • Composition exercises

Hindustani Vocal 102

Prerequisites:

In order to enroll for level 2 the students should have completed Hindustani Vocal Beginner 101 from Academy or must demonstrate the ability to sing Shudh Swaras and simple Alankar patterns in different rhythm structures.

Overview:

This course reinforces the concepts of Swar Sadhana and patterning of Swaras by the repetitive practice of Alankars. The idea of Swara mapping is introduced to the student by taking up simple songs like Jana Gana Mana OR Honge Kamyab. Samooha Gaan…

Topics covered:
  • Swar Sadhana and Swara Patterning
  • Samooha gaan- choral songs
  • Swara Mapping
  • Swaras to Compositions
  • Laya and Taal
  • Raga
  • Raga Bhupali
  • Dhrupad
  • Raga Durga

Hindustani Vocal 103

Prerequisites:

Student should have completed HV102 from the academy OR; the student should have the ability to: • Create and sing Alankar patterns • Render Chhota Khayal Bandish with simple Aalap and Taan • Create a Sargam Geet

Overview:

The process of identifying Swaras may seem daunting but in reality it can be taught in such a way that the learner can pick up this skill by connecting the right dots. This is what the Beginner Hindustani Vocal 103 enables the learner to do. Some …

Topics covered:
  • Swara Identification
  • Tala
  • Raga Durga
  • Raga Exploration
  • Swaras
  • Raga Khamaj
  • Tarana

Hindustani Vocal 104

Prerequisites:

Student needs to complete HV103 at the academy ‘OR’ the student should demonstrate the ability • To sing stable notes perfectly in tune with the Tanpura. • To sing Chhota Khayal with simple self-created Aalap and Taan. • To create a Sargam Geet. • To listen to a musical sound and identify Swara

Overview:

After having introduced the student to Swara mapping in the previous courses, this course focuses on Swara identification. The ability to identify the musical notes by listening to sounds is developed using specific exercises. This course also inc…

Topics covered:
  • Alankar
  • Raga characteristics
  • Raga Brindavani Sarang
  • Tirvat in Bhupali
  • Laya and Dhrupad.
  • Pentatonic Scales
  • A description of Sitar
  • Sitar Artists
  • Raga Khamaj

Hindustani Vocal 105

Prerequisites:

Student needs to complete HV104 at the academy OR the student should be able to: • Sing stable notes perfectly in tune with the Tanpura. • Sing Chhota Khayal with self-created Aalap and Taan. • Create a Sargam Geet and a Tarana • Listen to a musical sound and identify Swaras • Read notations and also do Swara mapping at a basic level.

Overview:

This course adds more creative elements to the Chhota Khayal composition. The principles and guidelines to create Swar Vistar are initiated. Aalap, BolAalap and Taan are practised to perform with confidence within the Teentaal structure. The Raga …

Topics covered:
  • Mandra Swar Sadhana
  • Composing Swar Vistar
  • Swar Vistar in Yaman
  • Chhota Khayal in Yaman
  • Raga characteristics and Lakshan Geet
  • Tarana in Khamaj
  • Bhajan in Khamaj
  • Rhythm in Bhajan

Hindustani Vocal 106

Prerequisites:

The student needs to complete HV105 from the academy OR the student should be able to: • Sing stable notes perfectly in tune with the Tanpura • Sing Swar Vistar with clarity of understanding in the Raga structure • Sing Chhota Khayal with self-created Aalap and Taan • Create a Sargam Geet and a Tarana • Listen to a musical sound and identify Shudh, Komal and Tivra Swaras • Read notations and also do Swara mapping at a basic level

Overview:

This course reinforces MandraSwar Sadhana, Alankar and Swar Pehechan. The study of Raga characteristics Vadi, Samvadi, Raga Jaati are detailed out. Ragas learnt are Des and Kaafi. In these Ragas ChhotaKhayal and different compositions are sung. Ra…

Topics covered:
  • Raga Des
  • Vande Mataram
  • Margi and Desi Sangeet
  • Layakari
  • Raga Kafi
  • Raga Brindavani Sarang
  • Bhajan
  • Elements of Composition

Hindustani Vocal 107

Prerequisites:

The student should have completed HV106 from the academy ‘OR’ the student should be able to: • Perform Chhota Khayal with self-created Aalap and Taan in at least 4 Ragas along with SwaraVistar • Sing a Tarana in any Raga and should be able to create Alankar patterns and sing them, compose and sing a Swar Maalika and Tarana • recite Teentaal and Jhaptaal fluently and should be able to sing a Bhajan.

Overview:

This course focuses on singing the Ragas done with ease and navigating from one Raga to another. This also includes Raga Pecehan, identification of Raga by listening to the tunes. The highlights of this course are assignments where the student ana…

Topics covered:
  • Raga identification
  • Thaat System
  • Raga Alhaiya Bilaval
  • Rabindra Sangeet composition
  • Introduction to Raga Bhimpalasi
  • Raga Lakshanas
Prerequisites:

The student should have completed HV107 at the academy or the student should be able to: • Present Chhota Khayal in at least 5 Ragas with self-created Aalap, Taan and Swar Vistar. • Render a Dhrupad composition with Dugun and Chougun. • Compose and sing a Tarana.

Overview:

This is the concluding course of the Beginners Level. The student reviews the various Ragas learnt until now and also works on the ability to switch from one Raga to another with ease. Articulating the emotions created by each of these Ragas, the …

Topics covered:
  • Raga Bhairav
  • Taal and Laykari
  • Bhakti Sangeet -Abhang
  • Ragas and Expressions
  • Raga Hamsadhwani
  • Review Ragas

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