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Sitar Online Classes By Abhishek Maharaj

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Sitar Online Classes By Abhishek Maharaj

Sitar, an indian stringed instrument has a very prominent role in India Classical Music. It holds a special place in the Indian Classical World. Learn Sitar Online with Pt. Abhishek Maharaj. Learn the basics of Sitar, how to play Sitar - the beginner level.

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  • • Sitar Instrument • Dedication to Learn and Practice

Description

The sitar, a stringed instrument played by plucking, is one of the most well known Indian musical instruments and has a very prominent role in Indian Classical Music. The Instrument has gained popularity both in India and the west over the past few decades. The 16th century Sufi mystic Amir Khusrow has also had a major role in the development of the instrument.

About Sitar - the Instrument - The sitar consists of a hemispherical base made out of a dried and hollowed gourd (tumba), a long half-round frame of wood (dandi), a second resonator, and wooden pegs that run through the length of the sitar. The number of frets on the dandi range from 16 to 24. The tuning of the sitar has evolved into two very distict schools- the Pt. Ravi Shankar (instrumental style) and the Ustad Vilayat Khan (gayaki style) schools.

In this course you will learn How to hold the sitar, The basics of playing sitar. Use of Sitar strings, How to tune the Instrument, How to use Mizrab or Plecktrum, The strokes (Up and down), the notes, chords and more.

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About the Instructor

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About the Instructor

Internationally acclaimed Sitar player from India, Abhishek Maharaj born on 30th March 1987 as 15th generations musician of Maharaj clan Banaras Gharana in Varanasi. Received his early education as Vocalist from Guru Sri Jalpa Prasad Mishra (Grandson of Bade Ram Das ji) and later shifted to Sitar under his legendary father Yash Bharati Awardee Sarod maestro Pandit Vikash Maharaj of Maihar Gharana.\r\n \r\nBelong to family of excellence in Laya and Swar, Abhishek has trained well in both Khayal Gayaki and Drupad Ang style, which is extremely rare.

At the tender age of 18, Abhishek introduced to the largest gathering on the earth, Kumbh Mela in Allahabad. His father and Guru Pandit Vikash Maharaj has seen an ultimate potential of future Sitar Maestro in him and increased his hours of practice for many years.\r\n \r\nAbhishek is well known for his unique approach to his instrument Sitar as well as in Vocal. He has wide understanding of music that sets him apart from other performers. The modally and fluency he expresses on his instruments and Vocal speak of deep emotions and moods with clarity and precision heard by a Sitar performer. Bharat Ratna Ustad Bismillah Khan and his grandfather Padma Vibhushan Pandit Kishan Maharaj have blessed him in numerous occasions to carry Indian Heritage, Culture and Music to the world. Abhishek Maharaj has performed at WOMAD Festival, San Francisco Jazz Festival, Ganga Mahotsav, Mumbai Festival, Kabir Festival, Sankat Mochan Music Festival, 70th Independence Day celebration in Brunei Darussalam by Ministry of Culture (Govt. of India), Jaipur Heritage & literature Festival, Splore Music Festival, Tanzbrunnen Köln with Wise Guys (famous German A Capella band), 3rd International Yoga Day in Frankfurt, Tagore Centre at Indian Embassy, Berlin-Germany and Parliament of New Zealand in Wellington on special invitation by Ex. Prime Minister Mrs. Helen Clark, as named few.

Abhishek has been honoured with 6 Gold Medals by Ministry of Culture and Central Universities of India, including Banaras Hindu University at first place. Sangeet Praveen with highest marking in history of Prayaag Sangeet Samiti, Allahabad with Gold Medal. Equally command on Vocal, Violin, Harmonium, Sarod and Sitar, Abhishek has composed many tracks for national and international short and long Films.\r\n \r\nIt has been well said, “Sons follows father’s steps”. Abhishek joined his father to fight against Corruption, Child Labour, Prostitution, Human trafficking, domestic violence and Save the Rivers thru his music. Alike his father, born and brought up upper cast Hindu Brahmin, he never followed cast system, touchable or untouchable, went door to door, holding equality messages in hand sending message for equal right for Education and social care. Since 1995 till 1998, the year of world renowned Global March with Sri Kailash Satyarthi and his father Pandit Vikash Maharaj, he has traveled all over India and abroad to send message for brotherhood and peaceful society thru this music.  Proudly, the movement happened to bring “Nobel Peace Prize” in our country.

He has also joined famous Indian Spiritual Guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar to create Guinness World Record for largest Musical Ensemble. In 2012, Pandit Vikash Maharaj found group Maharaj Trio joined by Abhishek Maharaj on Sitar and Vocal, which created easy way to understand and receive the nectar of Indian Classical Ragas and melodies. \r\n \r\nFor his distinguish contributions in Music and society he has also received numerous awards like- India Cultural Ambassador (P.V.C.H.R. India/Asia), National Scholarship, Government of India, N.C.Z.C.C. Allahabad, India, Dharohar Samman, Rotary International.\r\n \r\nB.B.C. India, National Radio New Zealand, ZDF Germany, Channel 4 New Zealand, DW Germany, Radio SWR Germany, Doordarshan and Akashvani India, EPIC Channel India, ZTV India, ETV India, India TV as named few.\r\n \r\nZDF Documentary on Indian Super Stars –Germany 2017, CELEBRATION Audio Cd with Pandit Vikash Maharaj & Ralf Klotz 2015, MAYA Audio Cd with Tom Bailey, Pandit Vikash Maharaj and James Pinker 2012, Documentary Movie Holiwater Band -New Zealand 2008, PATH Audio Cd with Pandit Vikash Maharaj 2007.\r\n \r\nDirector of Banaras Music Academy to provide free traditional Indian Classical Music to all including Dalits. Composed 4 Audio CDs to support Dalit School in Varanasi. Helped building 2 schools for free academic and music classes.  Working in 50 rural villages in Varanasi and around to support equal rights and living.\r\n \r\nAbhishek Maharaj have travelled with his Music to Germany, Italy, Greece, France, Austria, Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Nepal, Oman, Dubai, Australia, New Zealand and Kuwait