In association with
Ms Avital Raz

Degrees in vocal performance and composition. Six years of intense study of the ancient art of Dhrupad singing in India with Prof. Ritwik Sanyal of Benare Hindu University.
Instruments: Vocal: general singing lessons and specialising in Indian Classical music.
Genre/Style(s): Vocal
Indian Classical Music
Ability Levels: Beginners to Advanced


Dhrupad is the oldest form of Indian classical music in the north of India. It was established in the 16th cent. and has been passed on in various family traditions since. Primarily it was practiced in temples as a form of musical meditation. Over the years it has developed into a complex art form and is the basis of later forms of Indian classical music.

Much like Jazz, Indian classical music involves improvisation within certain frameworks. Raags are more than just scales. They have specific personalities. They may differ on the way up or down and have specific ways of treating notes or embellishments to create a very distinct mood. Dhrupad has managed to preserve subtle differences between raags through insisting on Shruti (tiny tone variations, much smaller than semitones) that colour each raga.
Learning Indian classical music strongly develops the ear's sensitivity and the improvisation aspect strongly develops creativity.

Contact Avital

Address: Preston/ Manchester
Greater Manchester
Phone: 07415343285
Fee (60 minutes): £25.00

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