The word sitar is derived from the Persian word Sehtar, meaning ‘three-stringed’. The instrument appears to have descended from long-necked lutes taken to India from Central Asia.
Flourishing in the 16th and 17th centuries, the sitar arrived at its present form in the 18th century. Today it is one of the dominant instruments in Hindustani music. The Sitar is a stringed instrument of the lute family that is popular in the Indian Subcontinent and presently the world over.
Typically measuring about 1.2 metres (4 feet) in length, it has a deep pear-shaped gourd body(which is the main sound box also known as the Tumba); a long, wide, hollow wooden neck; both front and side tuning pegs; and 17,20 or 22 arched movable frets. There are usually six or seven main strings and as many as 12 or 13 sympathetic strings beneath the frets in the neck that are tuned to the notes of the Raaga (melodic framework of the Raaga)
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Brinto (Beginner): In this course, you will learn proper posture, how to hold the Sitar, finger techniques, basic sargams,paltas and Raagas.
Eligibility – anyone with an inclination towards learning the Sitar.
Even if you don’t have a Sitar, don’t worry, we will help you in buying you the correct Sitar for you too.
Koli (intermediate): This course is designed for students who are already trained and well versed in some basic Raagas. The students will have to submit a video file so that we can determine the level of the student and place students accordingly. This course is for students of Sitar and other melodic instruments(like Sarod, Sarangi, Flute, Slide Guitar etc) who have a fair grip on the technicalities of the instrument and have an idea about the usage of the 12 notes.
The student will be taught about various Ragas along with various techniques and the foundation towards improvisation will be laid.
Eligibility – minimum of 1-2 years of training
Pushp (Advanced): The course is designed for students who have already started learning the art of improvisation on various Raagas.
Here the student will be taught various Raagas, their moods, the approach towards variedTaalas and overall badhat(the unfolding of the Raag)
Eligibility – minimum of 3-4 years Talim (learning)
For students who want to join the Intermediate or Advanced levels, need to send us a video clip(YouTube Link or any video) of his hers playing the instrument.
5-10 minutes long video is mandatory.
Soumitra Thakur was initiated into the world of music when, at the tender age of four, he began training in sitar under his uncle Shri Prashanta Thakur, who belongs to the rich heritage of Bishnupur Gharana.
Soumitra’s baaj reflects and carries influences from both the Maihar and the Imdadkhani Etawah Gharana because of his training and exposure to both the genres.