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Harmonium Praveshika Purna

Harmonium is one of the oldest musical instruments used in India and its origin is a much debated one. Many old writings state that its origin dates back between the later parts of 18th century and 19th century. This instrument gained popularity as it has sturdy sound and also is easy to carry. Harmonium is used well with classical music like Carnatic, Hindustani classical music and Ghazal performances and more.

Among the various harmonium classes in Pune, Gandharva Mahavidyalaya is the most reputed and the oldest institution which offers finest harmonium classes in the city. Here all the harmonium classes are at par with international standards.

Being one of the renowned institutes offering harmonium classes in Pune, Gandharva Mahavidyalaya has various study levels and course structures designed through the various lessons. The harmoniums used for the classes are well tuned and are made perfect for learning purpose. The harmonium lessons are given on a one on one basis and a batch of harmonium classes will contain upto 7 students.

Keeping abreast with the latest technology, Gandharva Mahavidyalaya has started online harmonium classes as well and thus becoming one of the first online harmonium classes in Pune. The institution offers lessons for all levels from Prarambhik to Visharad, examinations are also conducted online. Anyone who is above 7 years of ages is eligible to join the harmonium classes.

Visit the courses page to know more about the various courses and lessons provided in our harmonium classes.

  • Course Objectives
  • Course Contents

As the student’s familiarity with Indian classical music progresses, he/she will be exposed to the use of the tanpura in the presentation of music, as also some semi-classical forms of music in this course. Also, there will be a written examination along with the practical oral examination here.

  • Swar - In this course, the swar-alankaars become more complicated. The student will be taught alankaars using eight swars, which will include some komal and teevra swars as well.
  • Raag - This course equips the student to confidently perform a raag for around eight minutes, with a gat / bandish, preliminary aalap, taan, bol-taan, etc. Along with the eight raags covered in the previous two examinations, he/she will be taught ten more raags in this course. These are Bihag, Kedar, Sarang, Dhani, Tilak Kamod, Bhairav, Tilang, Pilu, Patdeep, and Alhaiya Bilawal. The student will also be taught lakshan-geet, a bhajan and a natya-geet in any three of these raags. He/she should be able to recognise the raag from some basic aalap, and know the theoretical details of all these eighteen raags.
  • Taal - Along with the taals learnt in the first two courses, the student will be introduced to Drut Ektaal and Rupak here, which he/she will be expected to show through claps with the hands.
  • Theory - Starting from this level, there will be a written examination to test the student’s theoretical grounding. The student will be expected to know definitions of terms like ansh, nyaas, kan-swar, lom-anulom-vilom-pratilom, anuvaadi-vivaadi, shruti, janak raag-janya raag, meend, gamak, etc. The student will also be given information regarding the rules of creating a raag, as well as the different jaati of a raag. This course will teach the student the two notation styles of North Indian classical music, i.e. the Pt. Vishnu Digambar Paluskar method and the Pt. Bhatkhande method. Thus, in the examination, the student will be asked to write the notation of the taals learnt, as well as the chhota khyaal bandish of five of the raags in the present syllabus. Learning about the life and work of Pt. Vishnu Digambar Paluskar is also an important feature of this course. In the written examination, there will also be some questions pertaining to the theory studied in the previous courses.