A Hindustani Classical Music performance acquires that mystical element mainly due to its improvisational nature. However, the form and structure of a performance is quite well-defined, and followed by all irrespective of the style.
This course begins with explaining the structure of the two basic forms most prevalent today, the Khayal for Vocal performance, and the Alaap, Jod, Jhala and Gat for some instruments.
The course further delves into how a composition is used as a platform to develop and expand on the Raga. Ample demonstration explains how various musical material is created for the purpose, ranging from the slow melodic designs, Alaap, to fast embellishments, the Taan, which become the primary improvisational tools. The idea of Expansion and progression (Badhat) becomes quite clear from this.
The course also goes on to explain the accompaniment on the harmonium or the sarangi, and the role of the tanpura.
The basic purpose of performance essentially remains the same for an instrumental performance of Hindustani Classical Music, viz. presenting a Raga. The physical characteristics and limitations of various instruments will decide the form of this presentation, and the kind of musical material used for development.
The course continues to explain the progression and development of an instrumental performance, using the Alaap, Jod, Jhala and the Gat form, which is used by instruments like the Sitar, Sarod, Santoor etc.
The course uses guided listening sessions to explain the performances, and also contains listening assignments.
Practice lessons continue, helping the students experience some more Ragas.
Quizzes at the end of each session, as well as Assessment exercises help students track their progress.
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