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Arts and Music

20

May'16

5 Points to be understood before appearing for an Elementary/Intermediate Grade exam

Are you good at drawing? Do you want to make a career in the field of fine arts or commercial arts? Are you looking at ‘Drawing’ more than just a subject? Then you must prepare yourself for the Elementary and Intermediate Grade Examination. The Elementary and Intermediate Grade Examination was instituted in the year 1880 by the Art Directorate of Government of Maharashtra. It started with 18 students for the first ever examination. Moving on to around 2 lakh students who appear for this examination every year. Here are some tips that An Elementary/ Intermediate candidate should understand before he/she appears for the exam. Focus on your artistic goal: There are many students around you, who want to attempt this grade exam. They might force you to attempt the same exam. But if you are planning a career in drawing, then do not take this exam as casually as they are taking it. Focus on your art that will help you grow. 2. Know the syllabus : There are 6 different subjects you will have to concentrate on while preparing for this exam. Those subjects are: still drawing, Nature drawing, Memory drawing, Design, freehand, geometry. Each subject demands different skills. …

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02

Apr'16

5 Tips To Decide Which Classical Musical Instrument You Should Learn

    Are you done with your exams? Dealing with some excessive workload? Frustrated cause of some personal issues? ‘Music’ can answer all your questions and can give you strength and support while you are going through an emotional crisis. Music is classified into 2 major categories that are classical and modern. While developing your taste of music, the fact that modern music has its roots in the classical form of music, should be very well known to you. Here are 5 tips for you before you finalize your classical instrument to be learned.   Is it your hobby? Or a career option – one who could shape a career out of his hobby, is the most fortunate person. But demands of your hobby and your career are far different from each other. Hence you have to decide whether you want to continue with your hobby or you are planning a career with your chosen musical instrument.   Do you have enough time? – Learning to play a musical instrument is indeed a time demanding activity. You will have to spend two hours in a week for the direct lessons from your mentor. Also, you have to practice the lessons …

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01

Apr'16

Learn how to play Sitar: a string instrument

A musical instrument is an instrument created or adopted to make some unique and refreshing musical sounds. Every musical instrument is known for its different musical pieces that are composed and used for representing different moods in a film, a play or for any artistic creation.   Sitar is a classical instrument used especially for emphasizing on the pleasant moods of the artist or for creating background music while showing the pleasant changes in the Nature. Overall the strings of sitar connect you to the artistic transformations and help you in spreading the positive vibes all around your small world.   Composition of sitar: Sitar is a plucked string instrument used mainly in Indian classical music. The composition of sitar is complex yet attractive that easily drags your attention. A sitar can have 18.19.20 or 21 strings. Six or seven of these are played strings which run over the curved area of sitar. And the rest of all are sympathetic strings which resonate on the head of the instrument. The instrument has two bridges. the large bridge is known as ‘Badaa Goraa’ and the small one is named as ‘chotaa Goraa’. The large bridge is used for playing the drone …

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01

Apr'16

Learn How to play Tabla: a Rhythmic Instrument

  Na…Dhin…Dhin…Na…! Is the rhythm we always hear in the beginning of any musical concert. An instrument that plays such rhythm is commonly known as ‘Tabla’. It is an essential musical instrument that plays a vital role especially in the world of north Indian music. Tabla consists of two wooden drums. One smaller and one larger. the larger drum positioned on the left is called ‘Bayan’ and the smaller one kept on the right side is known as ‘Dayan’. Both the drums have equal importance in music. Each drum has a different pitch but together they make a distinctive tone. A tabla player is always considered as the center of attraction and automatically draws attention of the audience. The musical instrument like Tabla may attract you at first, but it needs certain amount of dedication and patience to learn this musical instrument.     There are some basic steps one has to follow  while learning to play Tabla: Before starting to play Tabla, one needs to understand the structure of the Tabla, and the position in which a table player needs to sit during his classes or the concert. Sit cross legged on the ground. The position of your waist …

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31

Mar'16

Learn How to Play Rabab: An ancient Classical Music Instrument

As we say music has no bar of language, region, religion or caste. Music has the magical power of healing the mind and soul. Every musical instrument has its own identity and every note that comes out from any instrument is appealing. When we consider all the musical instruments introduced in the different parts of the world by various communities, we should think about the instruments that are hardly used in the concerts and hence rarely known to the audience. Here, we are going to inform you about ‘Rabab’ one of the classic musical instruments rarely used in the concerts but can have everlasting impact on audiences. ‘Rabab’ is a musical instrument originating from central Afghanistan. It derives its name from the arab “Rebab” which means “played with a bow”. Rabab is also known as lions instrument and is one of the national instruments of Afghanistan. Classical afghan music is incomplete without this musical instrument. ‘Mian Tansen’ was a prominent Indian classical music composer, musician and vocalist. He was one of the ‘Navratnas’ (nine jewels) at the court of the mughal emperor Jalal-ud- din Akbar. Tansen was also an instrumentalist who has a major contribution in popularizing ‘Rabab’ as an …

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30

Mar'16

Learn to play Dholak : An interesting musical instrument

Music has the universal language. No barrier can stop a person from experiencing the sense of love, purity and satisfaction from music. But universally accepted forms of music have emerged by making the use of different instruments like Tabla, dholak, Sitar etc. Each musical instrument has its own flavor that decides and maintains the standard of any musical concert. Here, we must differentiate between the instruments like Tabla or dholak and sitar or flute. Because, all these instruments fall into the different categories with some distinct characteristics. Let’s focus ona musical instrument ‘dholak’. ‘Dholak’ is a widely accepted musical instrument particularly used in the concerts of Indian folk music as well as the homely programs likebhajan sandhya or wedding sangeet. Configuration of dholak: Dholak is a double headed hand drum. It is barrel shaped; at times a cylindrical drum with skins on both the sides. One side of Dholak is smaller and tighter to produce a high pitched sound, while the other is larger to serve as the bass side. Both the sides are equally important and help you in developing your sense of folk music. People say that dholak works the same way as Tabla, but that’s not true. …

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