A Banner Year!

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So far we have had a wonderful year! The weekend of concerts were very well received. Both the vocal and the instrumental concerts we absolutely beautiful! I am not prone to superlatives but I can't help myself! We are concluding 2019 with a grand performance by Ustad Shahid Parvez at the Cohoes Music Hall! on Oct 6th 4-7pm
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Music appreciation course 2019!

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This winter outreach started on Sunday Jan 27 2019. We meet on 3 consecutive Sunday afternoons. We covered the basics of swar, taal and raag concept and construction of bandish (compositions) . We had fun decoding rhythms of random film songs and bhajans. I got to interact with 2 very wonderful people who came with contrasting musical histories
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What makes a prodigy?

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I was recently listening to WMHT running errands, was intrigued by how Mozart was on a world tour at 8 yrs old and around the same time composed his 1st symphony!! What does neuroscience say about ANY prodigy? Is the concept of rebirth, and continuation of such pursuits mostly apply to fine arts or all fields ? Nature/nurture etc. Let me hear from you  
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Musings about music…  Tanpura: the ultimate accompanist

Musings about music… Tanpura: the ultimate accompanist

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Years ago when I first started learning music, after the 1st yr. or two my guru in Hubli, R.G Desai, had a tanpura made for me in Miraj. My own tanpura! I was learning how to tune it. I broke a string and cried bitterly because I thought I had done irreparable damage to it! My teacher taught me how to change the strings and all was well. The tanpura hand-made using a specially grown gourd, wood and strings, is an instrument to beat all instruments. It has no frets like the sitar, no bow like the violin. It has 4 or sometimes 5 strings that play a drone when the strings are plucked sequentially. The 1st string plays the Mandra Pa or Ma; The 2 middle strings the madhya Sa and the last string plays the mantra…
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