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The King Percussion instrument of India

Course Overview

Pakhawaj is the sacred and ancient percussion instrument of India. It is also called as Mridang. It is a barrel drum in which the goat skin is covered in both the sides. In its right side the black material is used which is known as syahi and on the left the wheat dough is used to create the bass volume. it is said that this instrument is created by Lord Brahma and it was first played by Lord Ganesha. This percussion instrument is known as the mother instrument of percussion in India. We find the description of pakhawaj in our epics like Ramayana, Mahabharat and as well as the ancient music books like Natyashastra and Sangeet Ratnakar. Pakhawaj is mainly used to accompany with dhrupad, the ancient genre of Indian classical music. It is also used to play with Haveli Sangeet, Rudraveena, Surbahar, Kathak and as a solo recitation. Nowadays it is also used in various forms of music like Abhang, Bhajan, Taalvadya kacheri etc. The Pakhawaj courses for the students are are divided in 4 parts: 1 Basic level, 2 Intermediate level, 3 Advanced level and 4 Accompaniment skill level. In the basic level, we teach some Taal sessions, alphabets of a Pakhawaj, it's practice along with small phrases to develop the balance of right left. Some small paran, tukda, mohra, mukhda etc in major Taal CHAUTAL 12 beats. In the Intermediate and Advanced level, we teach some extra ordinary traditional compositions of different Gharanas of Pakhawaj – Relas, Prastar, Chalan, Chanddh in different tals. In Accompaniment skill level, we teach the students to know how to accompany with different music forms like – Dhrupad, Dhamar, Haveli Sangeet, Rabindra Sangeet Abhang, Bhajan, Instrumental, Kathak, etc.

Course Features

    Free Trial Class

    Four classes a month

    One to one classes

    Highlight the techniques of practice


Instructor - Dr. Ankit Parikh, awarded with Mridang Gaurav award 2019, Junior research fellowship award 2019 by Ministry of Culture and many more.

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