CANCELLED Echoes of Tradition | Classical Indian Music

CANCELLED Echoes of Tradition | Classical Indian Music

Diving into the depth and wisdom of Classical Indian Music Theory


Explore the profound depths of Classical Indian and learn from authentic Indian musical masters; Dr. Anand Kumar (Ph.D. in Sitar) and Annu Priya (Master’s in Vocal). These young, highly educated professionals bring academic excellence and deep-rooted Vedic knowledge of Indian music: ragas and cultural traditions.

Singing the Melody – Dhrupad

At the core of Classical Indian music lays Dhrupad. This emphasises the art of singing notes, serving as the fundament for any Classical Indian musician. The singing of the notes helps to guide you into a deeper understanding of the musical composition. 

What is a Rag or Raga?

“Raga” is the basis of Indian Music and is more than just a scale. Within its conventions a raga also contains sets of rules that determine not only how the notes are played and with what kind of intention, these conventions dictate the improvisational journey. A well established artist will probably improvise 50-90% of a performance, their knowledge and experience has been deeply ingrained. This is also why some artists may only publicly perform a limited repertoire. 

The ideal choice of raga is dependent on several factors: the setting, the audience, the time of day, the season and the mood of a setting. When we hear Rag “Bhairav”, we will hear the expectations that correspond with the beginning of the day before a sunrise. If we listen to Rag Yaman we experience a feeling of “longing” found toward the end of the day, as the afternoon cools and the sun sets. Some Ragas are only played at night and some only during the day. A correctly played Rag is long and constructed from many consecutive sections. A full raga can last for many hours and can be experienced as a meditation. Only for certain ordinances will they be shortened to fit on a recording or to suit a specific event.

These melodic frameworks also permeate beyond classical contexts, influencing Bollywood, Indian Folk, and other popular Indian music types.

Melodic Composition

Contrasting with the harmonic nature of Western music, Indian music is built only within melodic compositional frameworks. The strict rules and conventions that govern the “Thaat” mostly originate from ancient times. A Thaat is a compositional set of rules based on an ascending and descending melodic scale. These assemblies help to shape the unique improvisational freedoms that define the most well known and recognizable composed themes. Be it in a Hindustani “Raag” from the north of India or a Carnatic “Raga” from the south of India; both have traditional values that have been passed down through generations: from musician to musician, from Ghurana to Ghurana, family to family, passed down through the passages of time.  Perhaps this is what makes Indian Classical music such a compelling and fascinating subject for study.

Vedic Musical Wisdom:

Immersed in the Vedic period’s sacred verses, Indian Classical music draws from the profound teachings of the SamVeda (1500-1200 BCE). These ancient texts encapsulate the enduring musical principles that today shape the intricate tapestry of Indian music. 

Workshop Experience:

You will participate by actively listening and singing dhrupad, to grasp the components of an Indian classical performance. Gain a basic understanding of how Indian music is structured and develop a discerning ear to appreciate an art form that might be challenging for non-educated ears. The morning session involves the practice of basic Dhrupad, offering insights into the traditional and theoretical musical buildup of classical Indian music.

The workshop day concludes in the afternoon with a listening concert featuring three fundamental classical instruments: Sitar, Tabla, and Tanpura. This auditory experience provides a real-time exploration of the interaction and chemistry between the raga and the musicians who play it. An introduction precedes the concert, and an evaluation follows, offering a comprehensive understanding of the explored theory.

Who should join this musical adventure?

We welcome music lovers of all levels and interests. Some parts of this workshop might be challenging for those without musical knowledge. But the experiential and practical elements guarantee a valuable grasp of a rich and deepening musical and philosophical journey.
For those finding the workshop’s content advanced, a more accessible session is offered on the 1st of June at bij Vrijdag (LINK).

Lunch & Drinks:
A vegetarian lunch and drinks are included, all in an Indian style.

€40,- (including lunch & drinks)
8th of June 10:30-16:00
@ bij Vrijdag Music – Akkerstraat 99 – Groningen


We are looking forward to meet you on this enriching day,
Anand, AnnuPriya, Jonathan & Wanda

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