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Singing Alankar Purna

Indian classical music is one of the oldest as well as complicated music forms in the world which is considered to be originated during the Vedic period. Indian classical music is regarded as pure and was primarily used as a mode to realise God in olden times and hence was performed only in the temples. Around 17th century, music became more open, flexible and accessible to common people. Indian classical music is deeply rooted in Indian culture and tradition and each place has great impact on music.

There are two branches to the traditional Indian classical music; they are Carnatic and Hindustani music. The Carnatic music is complex and is mostly practiced in the Southern part of India with particular form of Ragas and Talas. Carnatic music basically contains 7 Ragas and 72 Talas and is used in a rhythmic pattern. The three saints in Carnatic music are Thyagaraja, Muthuswami Dikshitar and Shyama Shashtri who have composed thousands of Krithis which are still favoured by musicians. Here more emphasis is given to vocal singer, hence the training in this form of music is started from a very early age and a well qualified master is also needed for teaching Carnatic music. These compositions are also taught in all Carnatic singing classes in Pune to train the students who want to excel in this style of music.

Hindustani music unlike Caranatic music is greatly influenced by Persian and Islamic cultures and is more prominent in North India. The heritage of Hindustani music goes back to Sufi age. The melodic pattern is brought in to the music with intelligent use of Ragas known as Aaroha and Avaroha. The main styles of vocal Hindustani classical music are Dhrupad, Khayal and Tarana. At Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, students are given training in these forms of music.

Gandharva Mahavidyalaya is one of the reputed singing classes in Pune. Gandharva Mahavidyalaya established by Pt. V. Patwardhan, the most senior disciple of Pt Vishnu Digambar Patwardhan who wished to spread music to the common people, aims at educating and promoting music like Hindustani and instrument music like Harmonium and Tabla to the common people.

Here special care is given to bring out the best in a very student so that they can perform Hindustani classical music at international levels. Here the students also get the opportunity to perform and participate in well acclaimed concerts which is not available in any other singing classes in Pune. With years of experience and dedication GMV is preferred as one of best singing classes in Pune. GMV also introduces Sugam Sangeet into the various music courses which cover Bhavgeet, Natyageet and more. There is music courses organised for kids who are more than 5 years of age and the course is named as Balgeet.

  • Course Objectives
  • Course Contents

This is the final course. Therefore, it aims to examine how the student has imbibed the overall ambience of music. The student should be competent at all aspects by this level; he/she should be able to perform, understand, and explain both the practical as well as theoretical aspects of music. There will be two written examinations at this level.

  • Raag - Some of the raags included in the syllabus for this final exam are Shree, Gaud Malhar, Marwa, Ahir Bhairav, Bilaskhani Todi, Bhatiyar, and so on. The student has to choose one of these raags and should be able to perform it in the atmosphere of a concert for around thirty to forty-five minutes, with a vilambit as well as a drut composition. He/she should also be proficient in raags like Madhmadh Sarang, Madhuvanti, Jogkauns, Khambavati, Bihagda, Kukubh Bilawal, etc. The student is expected to be able to write the notation necessary for orchestra, dance, drama, etc.
  • Theory - The student will be asked to make a comparative study of Hindustani and Carnatic music. He/she will be instructed in the importance of vocal training and voice culture. In the first written exam, the student will be asked to make a detailed comparative study of the various raags in the syllabus, as also the modern forms of musical expression such as the orchestra, playback singing, background music, film music, and so on. The student should also be able to put a piece of poetry to music, and set it to a specific raag and/or taal as required. In the second written exam, the student will be asked to discuss the creation of new raags, as well as that of mishra-raags (mixed raags). Also, he/she is expected to possess comprehensive knowledge about gharanas, their history and the main artists belonging to the particular gharana. In this course, he/she will also be asked to discuss the relationship of music with literature, drama, and dance, as also raag-rasa and the theory of time with respect to raags.