This 3-day workshop in elementary Hindustani (North Indian) vocal music introduces the participant to the foundational concepts of Raga and Tala, through hands on vocal lessons and exercises, percussion exercises and discussions. You will learn the essence of one of the great classical music traditions of the world. Efforts will be geared towards teaching the rudiments of Indian classical music using voice as the principal instrument. The workshop aims at turning the learners’ eyes and ears to the source of true enjoyment and understanding of the fantastic heritage of North Indian Raga music.
No prerequisites are necessary for the course. Students of all skill levels (including complete beginners) are most welcome to join. No musical experience of any kind is necessary to participate in the workshop. Even though the workshop is focused on voice, students may bring Tabla, Harmonium, Violin, Guitar or other instruments as they see fit.
Participants will learn the tenets of voice culture and foundational concepts of melodic and rhythmic practice in Hindustani music through hands-on practical exercises and learn simple vocal forms such as Bhajans, Kirtans and Sargam Geet.
This program is open to all.
Dr. Pooja Goswami Pavan is a Hindustani classical vocalist, composer, teacher and scholar. Growing up in an environment of music and theater, she developed a deep interest in composing music to verses in Hindi and Urdu. The versatility in Pooja’s repertoire is evident in her ability to sing Thumri, Dadra, Ghazal, Bhajan, Sufiana Kalam and folk genres such as the Hori, Chaiti & Kajri besides the Khayal. Pooja was trained in Hindustani music by Pandit Surendra Goswami, Professor Ajit Singh Paintal and continues her advanced training in Khayal with her brother Professor Shailendra Goswami. She has also been trained in semi-classical music by the eminent vocalist Vidushi Shanti Hiranand. Pooja received a Ph.D. in Indian Classical Music from the University of Delhi.
Dr. Pavan, Ph.D., based in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota, is a Tabla player and teacher. He initially trained in Tabla under Sri G. Laxmiah and has studied with several masters over the years. He presently trains with Sri Rajendra Nakod and Ustad Shabbir Nisar, the illustrious son and disciple of the Tabla legend Ustad Shaik Dawood Khan. He has performed for Katha Dance Theater, Pangea World Theater, and Indian Music Society of Minnesota (IMSOM) in several productions and concerts. Pavan also appears on recordings of world/fusion music with many Minnesota based artists. Pavan co-composed and performed with Nirmala Rajasekar, Minnesota based Veena artist, the score for Pangea World Theater’s production “Partitions” in 2002, and the score for “5 Weeks” in 2017 with Dr. Pooja Goswami Pavan, his wife, who is a Hindustani vocalist, teacher and composer.