An introduction to Gurbani Sangita

Course Dates: 15/07/24
Time: 11:00 - 16:00
Location: Keeley Street
Gurbani Sangita is the music of the Sikhs; once widely present in the Indian subcontinent and beyond, a pinnacle of musical excellence, it is now nearly extinct. In this short session, many facets of this still potent, living tradition will be explored, including unique musical compositions, melodic modes, pedagogical processes and instruments.
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An introduction to Gurbani Sangita
  • Course Code: MD663
  • Dates: 15/07/24 - 15/07/24
  • Time: 11:00 - 16:00
  • Taught: Mon, Daytime
  • Duration: 1 session
  • Location: Keeley Street
  • Tutor: Cheslav Singh

Course Code: MD663

Mon, day, 15 Jul - 15 Jul '24

Duration: 1 session

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What is the course about?

Due to the historical and geographical characteristics of Gurba¯n¿i¯ San¿gi¯ta , knowledge of it provides an ability to understand many other traditions of music especially, though not limited to, the other great traditions of South Asia. Fundamental concepts such as dhurpad, ra¯ga, ta¯la, sabad and chitt are explored, both theoretically and practically, and due to the religious provenance of the music, basic information about Sikhi (Sikhism) will be covered.

What will we cover?

- placing Gurbani Sangita within the larger field of South Asian music
- overview of Gurbani Sangita
- describing chosen raga’s of Gurbani Sangita
- guided listening activities
- building bridges to seemingly distant musical systems.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- understand the historical and cultural context of South Asian music in general, and Gurbani Sangita in particular
- possess a basic understanding of genres and musical material of Indian Classical Music
- learn basic tools to recognize, begin to understand and appreciate Indian Classical Music.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is suitable for all levels including those new to South Asian music. It is designed to help you achieve a broad understanding of the topic and to act as a catalyst for further reading and listening.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

You will be taught using a range of techniques including short lectures, slide shows and discussions, various audiovisual material, practical demonstrations and guided listening sessions. Courses use a variety of materials including audio recordings, DVDs, youtube clips, novel recordings and academic sources.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

If you wish to take notes, please bring a notebook and pen. You may wish to buy some of the music or books recommended in class.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

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Cheslav Singh

Cheslav has performed internationally as a pianist at renowned venues, on radio and television in many different contexts, playing everything from Beethoven to free jazz. Since 2011, he has been actively involved in contemporary classical music, having co- founded the audiovisual group a=b=x=y. As s composer he has written in genres ranging from solo pieces to works for symphony orchestra. He is also the co-founder of Our 'PL'ace Foundation, through which, among other activities, he co-curates an annual International Audiovisual Art Festival. As an educator, he is the author of two academic courses on music appreciation, based on the methodology set out by Dr Craig White of Yale University. Cheslav remains active in searching for extended playing techniques on the border between acoustic and electronic music, plays the organ, has a keen interest in tuning systems and is an active student and researcher of Gurba¯n?i¯ San?gi¯ta, having had the immense fortune of being able to work with and for its foremost exponent Bhai Baldeep Singh since 2013.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.