MUSIC series

Raga Improvisation for Vocalists (Hindustani Style)

In this special intensive improvisation course, you will gain an insight into the the world of Hindustani Vocal improvisation. If you are someone who lacks the confidence or technical knowledge to move beyond pre-composed Sargam (singing of the notes of a composition instead of its lyrics) sections, or you are looking to refine this particular skill with a different and rigorous perspective, then this course is for you.

Using specific Ragas, this course will introduce you to vocal improvisation around a theme with both skill and confidence. You will learn the structure of improvisatory performance, how to stay within the Raga and the Taal, and how to relax and enjoy the process of improvising in real-time. (Hint: It’s down to practice!).
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5 Week Short Course

18th Jan - 15th Feb 2021


Ragas Covered in this Course

You will cover the Ragas Yaman, Bhupali, Bhairav and Todi. These are key ragas for every student and are ideal for learning the basics of improvisation.

Notation and Lyrics

 Bandish lyrics and notations will be provided during the course so you can learn easily and quickly.

Practical Approach

You will learn through active listening, copying examples and constructing your own improvisations around a bandish. 

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The course was amazing in terms of how it was structured, paced, duration of class, student-teacher engagement. What we learnt in a span of just 5 weeks was way more than what I had expected to learn. It has helped me learn how to improvise music on the spot, with laya and taan. 
We did 4 Raag improvisation, 4 new bandish and then tips on how to create Vistaar and Taan while singing and how to picture swara.
The course was sheer magic. The class shared feedback and I would also like to say that it would be real nice and valuable to us, if we have these short courses offered once a quarter.
Meet the instructor

Chandrima Misra

“Seeing the transition students go from young, untrained, raw voices to well-groomed polished performers gives me infinite happiness.”

A fellow of Trinity College, London, Chandrima Mishra trained with Ustad Munawar Ali Khan, one of the most sought-after teachers of the Patiala Gharana (style) and with Vidushi Sanjukta Ghosh who is also of the Patiala Gharana.

A career highlight for her was working with the world-famous late Pandit Ravi Shankar on a project involving Indian as well as Western musicians at Dartington Hall, Devon, in 2003.
Patrick Jones - Course author