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In the Zakir Hussain Workshop, experienced musicians of any instrument and style work to expand their existing knowledge through the guidance of tabla maestro Ustad Zakir Hussain and his colleagues.

Zakir Hussain Workshop: Explore, Create, and Express Through Classical Indian Music Carnegie Hall

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In the Zakir Hussain Workshop, experienced musicians of any instrument and style work to expand their existing knowledge through the guidance of tabla maestro Ustad Zakir Hussain and his colleagues.

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    An Introduction to the Workshop

    An Introduction to the Workshop

    The Zakir Hussain Workshop was a chance for experienced musicians of any instrument and style to expand their existing knowledge through the guidance of tabla maestro Ustad Zakir Hussain and his colleagues.

    • 5 min
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    Zakir Hussain Lesson 1

    Zakir Hussain Lesson 1

    A diverse group of instrumentalists learn fixed Raga melodies together and connect them within a rhythmic Tala cycle, in a complex arrangement that will eventually accompany Kathak dance. Zakir Hussain leads a rehearsal for an ensemble of participants whose instruments range from European violin, trumpet, cello and clarinet to tabla, drumset and various other percussion, teaching them a sequence of melodic lines based in a Raga, while holding a 7 beat rhythmic cycle underneath.

    • 6 min
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    Zakir Hussain Session 2

    Zakir Hussain Session 2

    Zakir Hussain presents a critical element of Indian music, which is the unique tension and release compositional device known as "Tihai," that presents a fixed rhythmic phrase three times in sequence, with the last beat of the third phrase landing on the "Sam." Understanding the elements of Raga melody and Tala rhythm leads towards a culminating type of phrase unique Indian music, known as a "Tihai," which is used to build excitement, tension and ultimately a release on the first beat of the cycle "Sam."

    • 6 min
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    Kala Ramnath Session

    Kala Ramnath Session

    Kala Ramnath guides participants through the Alap, opening section of a Raga performance, while introducing the sliding ornamentations (meend) and its importance in giving authentic nuance to the sound of Raga music. Proper sliding ornamentations give the strongest flavor of Indian Raga music, and is often heard in the Alap which opens the Raga presentation with pure melody, free from any rhythmic cycle (Tala)

    • 7 min
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    Pandit Shivkumar Sharma Session #1

    Pandit Shivkumar Sharma Session #1

    Pandit Shivkumar Sharma presents the key elements that define Raga Yaman: the set of notes being used, skipped notes within the ascending and descending scale, and key phrases to play along with phrases to avoid. The structures and rules of Raga Yaman are critical elements to understand and follow in order to capture the true flavor of this common Indian Raga.

    • 7 min
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    Pandit Shivkumar Sharma Session 2

    Pandit Shivkumar Sharma Session 2

    Pandit Shivkumar Sharma explains how to improvise while remembering the location and the importance of articulating "Sam" which is the first, and most important beat, of any rhythmic cycle (Tala). Understanding the significance of the first beat of a Tala, "Sam" (sum), is necessary to keep track of ones place in the rhythmic cycle.

    • 1 min

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