What is the story behind Sounds of India - Indian music workshop?
Shikha Ganguly has been a practitioner of Indian Classical music for 40 years under tutelage of Pt. Mani Prasad, a maestro of the famous Kirana Gharana. She has performed & led workshops around the world and was associated with Aurobindo Ashram, Sangeet Bharati & many more reputed organisations as honorary consultant musician. For the last 30 years, She's been running Sur Mandir, a society for art and culture.
While conducting one of the special workshops in a university close to London, she noticed a lot of interest from the students to understand the differences and similarities between Western and Indian classical music. That's when she created this workshop in 2017, that nicely covers this topic along with many other aspects of Indian classical, light and Bollywood music.
What will you do in the workshop?
There are several instruments native to India and you'll get to know about some of them, including the tabla, sitar and pakhawaj. You're welcome to sing with her and try your hands on the instruments.
She'll talk about differences and similarities between Indian and Western music. She'll then cover aspects of music made popular in Bollywood and Indian folk music – giving you an insight into the diversity you'll find across the country! She'll end with sharing her experiences of performing around the world and what it takes to become a global performer.
Are there any pre-requisites for the workshop?
Nope! Bring a pen, notepad and lots of energy to learn about the mesmerising world of Indian music!
Who should attend this workshop?
Everyone, really but it will be especially beneficial if
- You want to start learning music and are not sure where exactly to start
- You would like to try out and know about different aspects of music - classical, light, instruments, bollywood
- You already have some (or a lot of..) western music knowledge and would like to know how that relates to Indian classical music
- You just want to try it for fun!