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Club hits classical notes

The capital is learning to tell the difference between morning and evening ragas at a 10-day workshop on Indian classical music underway at Ranchi Club since June 4.

The workshop, open for club members and their kin only, is aimed at preserving Indian classical music that many believe is at risk of disappearing.

The sessions, conducted for two hours every evening by city-based classical singer Amit Sarkar, is open to all age groups.

While 17 members have already picked up the finer nuances of morning raga Bhairavi, afternoon raga Bhimpalasi and evening raga Yaman — the new entrants can look forward to learning a whole lot more, including the basics of karaoke, light classical music and influence of folk music on classical compositions, with classes slotted in the coming days.

Speaking to The Telegraph, Sarkar said classical music was being snuffed out and the workshop was a small attempt to revive it.

“We need to organise such workshops on a regular basis with special focus on roping in youngsters, who these days swear by western musicians,” Sarkar said.

He added that even people with an ear for classical music often did not know that in Indian musical tradition, there was a raga for every time of the day.

“Most club members training with us are first-timers and have very little knowledge about classical music. Hence, we are trying to make things easy for them,” he said.

The singer added that they were taking help of songs from various Bollywood movies like Jab deep jale aana and Naam guum jayega, to make the members understand the difference between various ragas.

“I also have plans to teach the members Raga Pahari and Mand to enrich their knowledge,” Sarkar claimed.

The members too seemed excited at being part of the workshop with 11-year-old Arjun saying that the training had helped him learn the basics of classical music.

The workshop will conclude on June 16 with a cultural programme that will see participation of all members at the club’s multi-purpose hall.

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