Developing perfection in the sound of every akshara that is played on the tabla is very important for giving justice to a composition. Nikaas, which deals with proper placing of hand and proper intonation of the sound, is an important aspect of playing the tabla. The Akshara Sadhana course includes intense practice sessions of a variety of bols from all gharanas. Perfection in sound production enriches the thinking process and takes the music to a greater level.
The tabla mainly deals with taal which is one of the two main pillars of music, and is different from rhythm. It is a circular way of looking at rhythm and as a tabla player taal should be felt from within. Taal Sadhana is more of a practice at the mental level, influencing the physical playing and the aesthetics of dealing with rhythm. This course includes an extensive study of taals, their personalities, rhythmical structure and easy flow of improvisation within their structure, without disturbing the basic nuances of the taal.
Music theory provides an in-depth idea of concepts and terminologies in classical music. It consists of courses such as Gandharva Veda, research methodology, interdisciplinary studies, music education, cultural musicology etc. It gives a firm foundation for competitive exams like NET. Applied Theory focuses on writing notations and laykaris to perfect the practical skills that are required in the field.
As human beings march in their journey towards progress through newer developments, they need to be guided by a core set of ideals and principles of living. In today’s context, these paradigms of living stem from recent ideas originating from the western world. While we have been making progress, there is also a widespread understanding that for every new solution and idea that we discover, more and more challenges and problems arise out of them. This potentially raises the need to look for alternative paradigms for the emerging world order. Indic Knowledge Systems (IKS) can potentially offer ideas for developing these. Knowledge of IKS is the first step in this process. Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth addresses this requirement through a foundation course.
IKS constitutes a vast majority of literature spanning across multiple perspectives. This includes ideas on fundamental premises related to one’s living as laid out in the Vedas, components of knowledge that help us develop a correct understanding of Vedic literature, Purāṇas, Darśaṇas, Smṛtis, Upa Vedas and many more. Collectively, these are typically referred to as the Chaturdasha Vidyashtanam.
- Aimed at diversifying the knowledge of students, electives such as Introduction to Carnatic Music, Music Production and Applied Skills etc. may be offered to empower students with a holistic approach to music.
- What is the duration and intensity of this programme?
The M.A. Music programme is a full-time, four semester, two year programme. While it is mainly a residential programme, a non-residential option may be considered for valid reasons.
- What is the uniqueness of this programme?
The programme is a unique integration of academics wrapped with lots of practice, which helps in shaping great performers with a firm foundation in the shastras. The focus is on performance, and the number of hours dedicated for practice justifies this focus.
- Who should apply for this programme?
Any graduate student with a musical background who is exploring a career in music, such as performance, teaching, music arrangement or any other related field.
- What are the different courses taught as a part of this programme?
Refer to ‘Programme Structure’ section above.
- What is the faculty profile?
Fully qualified faculty handle the core courses along with renowned performing artists who visit the campus on a regular basis. Guest faculty are invited to deliver specialised courses.
- Are internships provided during the programme?
- I am a graduate but I do not have any certification in music. Can I apply for the course?
Yes. Your skills in music will be judged during the audition and interview. Your admission is subject to clearing them.
- I have a Sangeet Visharad/Sangeet Praveen degree/graduation from AIR (All India Radio) but I do not have a graduate degree from any university. Can I apply for the programme?
A student should complete all the Core and Foundational Courses, along with their chosen Minor(s). In the last semester, students will be required to give a public performance as a part of the Mega Project.