A chance to learn the nuances of Dhrupad from this Saturday

The city is always in a hurry, and the concept of undisturbed riyaaz, with students of the arts immersing themselves in the practice and study of their chosen form, seems like a distant dream in an era of near mandatory multitasking. For practitioners of Indian classical music, The India Habitat Centre’s initiative of organising master classes in different genres twice or thrice a year no doubt come as a boon. The master classes are conducted by renowned exponents and aim to provide participants a better understanding and appreciation of the art.

This time the concept has been extended to a six-day master class. From this Saturday evening, Pandit Nirmalya Dey, distinguished performer of the Dagar tradition, will conduct a master class in Dhrupad, every day from 6.30 to 8 p.m. in the Amaltas hall of IHC. The master class aims to acquaint learners with the finer nuances of the art form.

Participants are required to have at least some basic training in Indian classical music to be able to benefit from the classes. Students of vocal and instrumental music of all ages, as well as connoisseurs, are welcome. The course will include voice training, conception of 12 tones, principle and practices of meaningful and meaningless words used in Dhrupad, technique of forming melodic sentences in alap, practising alap and one composition.

The fee structure has been calibrated for students, IHC members and non-members.

Jan 25-30, 6.30 – 8 p.m., Amaltas Hall, India Habitat Centre

Registration fee: IHC members – Rs.1600; non-members – Rs.2000; students – Rs.800

For further details contact the Programme Desk: 011-43663080/ 90