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Now,learn Indian classical music online

Music never had boundaries and now learning music will never have limitations,be it geographical,lingual or for that matter- technical.

Written by Pranav Kulkarni | Pune |
May 7, 2009 3:21:33 am

Music never had boundaries and now learning music will never have limitations,be it geographical,lingual or for that matter- technical. On the occasion of its 77th anniversary,city-based Gandharva Mahavidyalay in collaboration with web portal ShadjaMadhyam has come up with the concept of virtual classroom titled- i Gurukul for learning Indian classical music using Internet.

Pramod Marathe,principal,Gandharva Mahavidyalay said,“There are a number of challenges that those interested in learning Indian classical music face. While geographical borders is one aspect,some other limitations include availability of gurus and odd working hours that limit one from physically attending the lectures. It is for this reason that we are planning to launch this facility which will help classical music lovers to learn music online.”

To be inaugurated on May 10 at Vishnu Vinayak Swara Mandir by S B Mujumdar,founder,chairman,Symbiosis,the new venture will provide training on raagdari music with the appearance of a regular classroom where a guru will be giving lessons and a taanpura will be available in the background for accompaniment. “Once done with the formalities like registration,this virtual classroom can be made available by anyone who has a laptop or a PC equipped with a broadband connection,microphone,speaker and web cam across the globe. We will be adapting special teaching methods taking into consideration the lag that exists on the Internet,” said Nandu Kulkarni,founder,Shadja Madhyam.

Besides the basic training that involves introduction to classical music,raga training and so on,those who have been practicing Indian classical music over years can make use of the e-facility at any stage of their musical career. “For instance,if someone wants to learn only one or two songs or compositions or a particular raga,or for that matter the raga of a particular gharana,everything can be learnt online,” said Marathe.

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Marathe added,“Not everyone can become a Tansen,this facility will be beneficial in raising the understanding of the listeners,thus creating knowledgeable listeners who can understand music,”

Some of the added advantages of the project include online exams and easy availability of lessons that can be recorded and listened to over and over again. Plans of starting online programmes such as live music concerts are also in pipeline. Besides,ShadjaMadhyam also has i-Tarang,an Internet radio that can make high quality classical music available over the Internet and i-Baithak,a facility to web cast concerts to audiences worldwide.

Apart from this,Gandharva Mahavidyalaya also plans to start Yoga classes by Dr Nitin Unkule’s Kaivalya Yoga Institute,the inauguration of which will take place on the same day,said Marathe.

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