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Music Festival during Fall 2019

concertKolkata is a culturally throbbing city. The city is known as the prime city that has been performing the role of prime-connoisseur of Hindusthani Music for hundreds of years! The city witnesses music festivals round the year. The musicians feel proud to get favorably assessed by the Kolkata listeners. The city has huge mass of highly educated critical listeners. is considering to present its students and alumni before the Kolkata listeners. IML is considering on arranging a good Music Festival in some well-known auditorium in Kolkata. This will help the performers to receive an assessment from the Kolkata music lovers. The musicians in India have been considering this as a good opportunity for many many years. The proverb is, if you get accepted in Kolkata your music will easily receive warm responses from the audiences of other places!

To play a concert an IML student or alumni should come to Kolkata and give at least 14 days preparation time devoting all available hours of day and night. The teachers here will work with them throughout this period for many hours a day! The participants will come to Kolkata around twenty days ahead of the concert date  to give enough time to get over jet-lag, etc. They will stay here in the city and vigorously work on the performance scheme.  The students will receive professionally done materials. They will practice long hours and prepare for the final show. All the IML students / alumni will receive strong teachers’ support during this period.

The festival will also invite some well-known musicians and will engage professional tabla players for all the musicians.

When the participants reach Kolkata it will be expected that they will come with a three to five hour practicing habits. All the chosen perforomer students / alumni will receive practice tips three months before the concert. They will be briefed regarding their individual performance plans after discussions between the teacher and the student.

This write-up is the springboard for more discussions to give this idea a final shape. All the participants are expected to travel in Tourist Visa as the IML artists will not be paid for their performances and the whole exercise is to offer support for preparing them as concert-artists.

The participants will require to pay the workshop fees, food and lodging expenses [if arranged through IML] and their personal travels.

The IML students and alumni those wish to participate in the festival may contact ASAP. Participating in the 14-day workshop will be mandatory for all the IML musicians. Please complete the form below to inform your interest. Kindly add your performance video link [youtube video link] that will be viewed by the Artist Selection Committee.

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Special note: 1. Musicians those are not related to IML may also apply. But, these people will also require to follow the same conditions as the IML students and alumni. That means, they will also join the two week workshop and bear their own expenses of travels, food and lodging. 2. Acceptance of a musician for the festival will be decided by the ‘Artist Selection Committee’ of the IML.

Sample time distribution

  1. 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. :Breakfast
  2. 9:00 a.m. to 11 a.m. : Practice for virtuosity enhancement
  3. 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. : Tea break
  4. 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. : Concert format practicing
  5. 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.: Lunch
  6. 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. : Free time
  7. 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.: Practice for virtuosity enhancement
  8. 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.: Concert format practicing
  9. 10 p.m. to 11 p.m.: Dinner
  10. To bed 11 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.

On the days before the off days the musicians will go for night long practice after 11 p.m.  [11 p.m. to 3 a.m.]


Festival collaborators:

Kolkata Aitijjhya




Studying the Tabla Learners

Dilip Mukherjee & Sanjoy Bandopadhyay

IML has been consistently studying the requirements of students with diverse objectives and aptitudes. While recapitulating the thoughts of our revered Gurus, earlier thinkers and with our current studies we find that some tabla learners are naturally good for solo tabla performances when most others are good for accompaniments. We see three types of students, (1) those wish to become successful performers and wish to give public performances widely, (2) many are interested in understanding the subject to the core and may be called as Amateurs and (3) there are many hobbyists those learn and play tabla for fun.

When trying to design lessons plan, we thought it a good idea to split the qualifies in different groups of students.  Here are  some of what we thought:

Descriptions Type 1: Concert artists Type2: Amateur performer
Type 3: Hobbyist
Tala High Moderate to High Low to High
Virtuosity High Moderate Optional
Layakari Moderate to high Low to Moderate Optional
Speed Mastery over Low to high Mastery over Low to medium Optional
Dynamics Required Optional Optional
High clarity & emphasis Required Optional Optional
High impact performance Required Optional Optional

For specialized soloists must have good knowledge and performance expertise of the traditional compositions.

Music Training of Students with Different Goal Sets

Sanjoy Bandopadhyay

Indian Music teachers receive students with their different goal sets. When a teacher tries to offer them tailor-made lessons to help them to achieve their goals early, such a teacher or Guru is surely a thoughtful teacher or Guru.

Any good planning effort must have some solid homework behind it. When we try thinking on effective music teaching we shall require to look at the deliverables. Let us first consider three major groups of students;

  1. those who wish to be professional performers
  2. to help the persons those are amateurs
  3. working with the hobbyists.

Now, we have to understand the required knowledge and performance levels of these three categories of music learners. Let us first try to define these three categories of learners.

  • A performer with his/her music should be able to enchant the audiences. This is possible with a right combination of dazzling virtuosity and artistic expressions.
  • An amateur with his/her music should be able to open up intellectual curiosity of the audiences. An amateur may be a highly knowledgeable person but may not attain the level of virtuosity that a professional possesses.
  • A hobbyist may like to able to play or sing in some way. A hobbyist may not have good performance acumen but should be able to enjoy their own practicing and appreciate master performances well, and so on.

So, when a performer must be able to perform very well but for them it is not necessary that they also possess huge amount of information regarding the music they perforom. For a performer a good degree of virtuosity level with good level of artistic expression are important. This is simply because the audiences naturally respond to higher virtuosity band but the general audience do not care much for pedantic musical applications. Here are some qualities of music performers [tonal instrumentalists and vocalists]:

Description Professional Amateur Hobbyist
Raga info Moderate High Low
Virtuosity High Moderate to high Low to high
Layakari Moderate to high Optional Optional
High Speed
High Moderate Optional
Dynamics Advised Optional Optional
High clarity and emphasis Required Moderate Optional
Long duration  performance ability Required Optional Optional
High Impact performance
Required Optional Optional

Verbatim of Welcome Message

Welcome Message from Pandit Sanjoy Bandopadhyay

Namaskar! Welcome to! offer(s) lessons in Indian music, rather, Indian Classical Music in sitar, tabla, Hindustani vocal music (khyal, thumri), sarod and flute. We have been teaching since 2002 and apparently doing very well. Our students are performing, our students are teaching and they are doing well and we have students from different parts of the globe. We offer tailor-made lessons depending on individual student’s requirement and needs. So, it becomes easier for the students to grow faster and as a result we have seen that the students are growing quite fast and doing almost as good as they could have done in the face to face set-up. So, we mostly encourage students those don’t find very good teachers around them. We offer them online teaching and we encourage the students to come to Kolkata also, whenever they can find time, and have face to face live teaching. So, our students those are performing very well are offered both the systems i) the online system and ii) they come to Kolkata and (they) stay here for sometime, learn and practice very hard and do the concerts and all. So, we wish to work for more people so that all of you can get the benefit, feel the bliss and perform well and teach well.

So, once again, welcome! Namaskar!

India residents

windowLearn Indian Classical Music Online: Hearty Welcome to the Students within India!

Indian Music Lessons [IML] has opened this new window for students residing in India. All these years since 2002, the pioneer in Online Indian Music Teaching, the IML only offered its services to the students those were away from India. It has been teaching Indian Classical Music, i.e., sitar, sarod, tabla, vocal music [khyal, thumri] and flute online for about one and a half decade.  We have been receiving queries from many corners of India showing interest in IML. This guided us to consider on how we can open this new window. Finally, this is open to serve the students residing in India.

IML warmly welcomes students from India those (1) know the basic techniques of  sitar or sarod, and (2) advanced student of any instrument. Your teacher will be Pandit Sanjoy Bandopadhyay, the renowned sitar maestro. IML is also accepting beginners and intermediate Vocal, Flute and Tabla students. The vocal, flute and tabla students will receive lessons from the IML teachers.

The lesson duration will be as required and around 30 mins. There will be one session every week.

The students are requested NOT to drop any session without minimum one day prior intimation. Otherwise those missed sessions will be counted as worked session. In case of sudden drop in the Internet and other unseen problems the students or the teacher, whoever will be affected, will communicate the other end on phone. The session will be considered as dropped or done as mutually agreed [this may depend when the session got dropped, at the beginning, in between or towards the end. If the session served all required practical purposes despite the fact that the session got dropped. Fortunately, in today’s Internet situation in India this kind incidents rarely happen.]

Fees for Pt. Sanjoy Bandopadhyay :

  • Fees: Rs. 1000 INR per lesson.
  • One time registration fees Rs. 500 INR
  • Minimum first payable is Rs. 4500 INR that will cover four lessons and one time registration fees.

Fees for other teachers:

  • Fees: Rs. 700 INR per lesson.
  • One time registration fees Rs. 500 INR
  • Minimum first payable is Rs. 3300 INR that will cover four lessons and one time registration fees.
Note: The dispatched fees should get reflected at receiver end at least two days ahead of the start-date of the sessions.

All are requested to browse through  the site and understand how IML works. Please complete the form below to express your interest. The IML office will let you know the bank details where you can transfer the fees. Please give us a 3-4 days to complete the whole process, namely session scheduling, exchanging skype/FaceTime details and so on.

Indian Music is preparing  musicians for concert challenges and creating new musicians. YOU are a MUSICIAN, Discover it!

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Some more points that we like to share with you

IML wishes that all the students residing in India visit Kolkata at least once a year and directly learn with their gurus under conventional mode and obtain intensive lessons. This will help the students to grow faster. During this stay they will work with their gurus many hours a day and will go through guided practicing [riyaz] for long hours. This will be good for the students those like to come up as able music performers.

IML is considering of arranging Annual Music Festivals in Kolkata. The advanced students may be interested in this.This will primarily feature IML students along with established musicians. So, students will be welcome to submit their interest in offering recitals in the festival. The current call is open for foreign students. We shall open call for India residents at appropriate time. The artist selection will be based on the recommendations of the ‘Artist Selection Committee’ of IML.