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Hindustani Vocal

Hindustani Vocal music is the classical music of Northern India. Shankar Mahadevan Academy provides the unique opportunity for students everywhere to learn Hindustani Vocal music from the convenience of their own home through a highly structured curriculum, a clear path for progression, and certifications for completion. Level Certificates are given to students at each of seven levels: Sa, Re, Ga, Ma, Pa, Dha and Ni. Each level requires the student to complete the courses listed under it and pass the level exam. Students who are new to the Academy start with the first course in each of the levels, depending on prior experience. Entry into any level will require new students to take and pass the assessment for the prior level.

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Hindustani Vocal 101

This course is ideal for students looking to take their first steps into the world of Hindustani Vocal Music. The course aims at providing a strong foundation where learning is a process of constant discovery. The student acquires the ability to use basic elements of music (melody and rhythm) to imp..

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Hindustani Vocal 102

This course builds on the foundation set by the first course and introduces the student to the concept of building block of music, Swaras. By mapping mapping Swaras to popular songs, students develop a clear understanding of how Swaras combine to create music. The student gets to experiment with sim..

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Hindustani Vocal 103

The process of identifying Swaras may seem daunting but in reality it can be taught in such a way that the learner can pick up this skill by connecting the right dots. This is what the Beginner Hindustani Vocal 103 enables the learner to do. Some combinations that get covered include Swar Sadhana wi..

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Sa Certification Exam - Hindustani Vocal

The practical Exam is a performance which will be assessed by the Teachers. The meeting is arranged using video conferencing. A written examination will be held online for Music theory. This exam helps the student to revise & reinforce the basic concepts which form the building blocks of learning H..

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Hindustani Vocal 104

After having introduced the student to Swara mapping in the previous courses, this course focuses on Swara identification. The ability to identify the musical notes by listening to sounds is developed using specific exercises. This course also includes study of some Raga characteristics, the origin ..

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Hindustani Vocal 105

This course adds more creative elements to the Chhota Khayal composition. The principles and guidelines to create SwarVistar are featured. Aalap, BolAalap and Taan are practised to perform with confidence in the Teentaal compositions starting from different Matras. The Raga characteristics are detai..

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Hindustani Vocal 106

This course reinforces MandraSwar Sadhana, Alankar and Swar Pehechan. The study of Raga characteristics Vadi, Samvadi, Raga Jaati are detailed out. Ragas learnt are Des and Kaafi. In these Ragas ChhotaKhayal and different compositions are sung. Raga that is revisited is BrindavaniSarang. Swar Vistar..

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Hindustani Vocal 107

This course focuses on singing the Ragas done with ease and navigating from one Raga to another. This also includes Raga Pecehan, identification of Raga by listening to the tunes. The highlights of this course are assignments where the student analyses Ragas and the emotions created by each Raga. Th..

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Hindustani Vocal 108

This is the concluding course of the Beginners Level. The student reviews the various Ragas learnt until now and also works on the ability to switch from one Raga to another with ease. Articulating the emotions created by each of these Ragas, the student does the creative exercise of using Raga soun..

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Hindustani Vocal 201

With the initiation into singing the Bada Khayal Bandish, the student enters the Intermediate level of learning. The Vilambit Laya forms the framework of the Bada Khayal. Practice of holding this slow Laya is given importance here in order to lay a strong foundation. The Chhota Khayal is sung with a..

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Hindustani Vocal 202

The singing of Bada Khayal is reinforced with the introduction of Aalap within the Bandish in Vilambit Ektaal. Raga Asavari and Raga Kedar are chosen for a detailed learning of Raga characteristics and Chhota khayal singing. Raga Malkauns is revisited. The mood created by the soundscape composed and..

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Hindustani Vocal 203

The Bada Khayal learning is in Raga Bhupali. While singing the slow Aalap with the Bada Khayal there is a deeper understanding of the Raga characteristics. Bhupali Chhota Khayal is sung with improvisation. The improvisation here will be done with a variety in Bol Aalap and Taan. The Ragas introduced..

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Hindustani Vocal 204

The singing of Bada Khayal in Bhupali is reinforced with the Aalap within the Bandish in Vilambit Ektaal. The Trivat in Bhupali is sung with rhythmic improvisation concepts. Raga Bhimpalasi Chhota Khayal is revisited with extempore Aalap. Dhrupad composition in Sooltaal is also in Bhimpalsi, a Gambh..

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Hindustani Vocal 205

The student at this level has developed a good sense of Vilambit Laya. The third Vilambit Khayal is learnt in the early morning melody Raga Bhairav. The Swar Vistar and Badhat within the Vilambit Khayal are done with the awareness of the nuances of this majestic Raga. The student also listens to dif..

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Hindustani Vocal 206

In this course Raga Bageshri is studied. A Dhamar composition is introduced in Raga Bageshri and the Chhota Khayal is revisited. The relationship between Dhrupad and Dhamar is highlighted. Exploring the Bhakti Ras a Bhajan is learnt in Raga Tilang. Tilang is a melody beautified with the aesthetic Sh..

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Hindustani Vocal 207

In this course we develop the understanding of three Ashraya Ragas: Marva, Kalyan and Bhairavi. Raga Marva is studied in greater detail. A Tarana is learnt in Marva, while reinforcing the placement of the notes in Marva, and the factors that differentiate it from Puriya and Sohini that have the same..

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Hindustani Vocal 208

A Bada Khayal in Bihag is learnt with Badhat. A Dhrupad in Bihag follows this. Raga Jaunpuri Chhota Khayal Bandish is learnt with a reference to how this Raga differs from Asavari that was learnt earlier. A Dadra composition based on Raga Des is learnt to enhance the semi classical repertoire of the..

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Hindistani Vocal 209

Bada Khayal in Bhairav is revisited. Three Chhota Khayal compositions in Bhairav are in Teentaal, Ektaal and Jhaptaal. These compositions are sung with improvised Aalap and Taan. Raga Shankara comes in next with its cascading Swara movements. Student composition involves traversing different Ragas ..

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Hindustani Vocal 210

At this point the learner has developed intense listening skills in both Sur and Taal. Student is encouraged tossing extempore Aalap with different compositions like Bada Khayal, Chhota Khayal, Dhrupad and Tarana. Student can apply these concepts to Raga based Bhajans. Raga Brindavani Sarang is revi..

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Hindustani Vocal 301

The development of each Raga learnt is detailed and the student is encouraged to sing extempore Swar Vistar and Aalap. Swar Sadhana is done with Aakar, Uukar and Mmkar. Raga Poorvi is the first Raga introduced in this course. The Raga descriptions are based on the listening experience and mood board..

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Hindustani Vocal 302

The Raga introduced here is the mellifluous Jaijaivanti. The Ragaang system can be applied to study the Raga Roop with clarity. The student attempts to bring out the different shades of this Raga effectively. Swar Sadhana is done with Aakar, Uukar and Mmkar. Specific practice exercises for different..

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Hindustani Vocal 303

In this course Raga Sohini is taken up for learning. The student has listened to this Raga and seen how Sohini has a different persona as compared to Marva. The study of Raga Chalan is important in this Uttarang Pradhan Raga. The Raga exploration is done on the basis of a Chhota Khayal. Swar Sadhana..

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Hindustani Vocal304

Raga Kamod has been introduced. This Chanchal Prakruti Raga is learnt in detail with Aalap and Taan. Review the similar (Sam Prakruti Ragas Kedar and Hamir). The Swar Sadhana concepts are reinforced and practiced regularly. Raga Bageshri is taken for elaborate Swar Vistar and Bada Khayal learning. ..

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Hindustani Vocal 305

Raga Bageshri Bada Khayal is improvised in this course with Taan. A Tarana in Bageshri is learnt with improvisation in Nom Tom Bol. Swar Sadhana is done with the Poorvi Thaat Swaras. Raga Basant is introduced and a Chhota Khayal is introduced. Paraj is a similar Raga to Basant. A Bandish is learnt i..

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Hindustani Vocal 306

Raga Vibhas (Shudh Dhaivat) is introduced in this course with a Chhota Khayal. Vibhas is elaborated with Aalap and Taan. Swar Sadhana is done with Bhairav and Marva Thaat Swaras in addition to Komal Dhaivat Vibhas and Shuddh Dhaivat Vibhas. Raga Jaijaivanti Chhota Khayal is reviewed before taking a ..

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Hindustani Vocal 307

Raga Todi is Raga, which signifies intense emotional expression. This course starts with Swar Sadhana in Raga Todi also called Miyan ki Todi. A Chhota Khayal is learnt in this Raga. The essence of this Raga is explored by learning a Bada Khayal with Aalap and Taan development. Swar Sadhana exercises..

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Hindustani Vocal 308

Darbari, as the name suggests is a majestic Raga. The Swar Sadhana includes the practice of Khatkas and meend. Swar Vistar is done with the knowledge of the Raga characteristics. Raga Darbari also called Darbari Kanada is further explored by learning the Chhota Khayal and Bada Khayal with developmen..

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Hindustani Vocal 309

Raga Shree is introduced in this course. The Swaras of Shree are to be mastered by the Swar Sadhana in this Raga. Swar Vistar is done as one dives into this meditative Raga. Paltas also are learnt in this Raga, which is one of the difficult Ragas to master. A Jhaptaal composition in Madhyalay is lea..

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Hindustani Vocal 310

Raga Multani is introduced in this course. Multani is one of the Ragas, which is sung elaborately. Beginning with the Swar Sadhana and Paltas in this Raga, we proceed into the Swar Vistar. This Raga though from Todi Thaat, has a Raga Swaroop of its own. The compositions in Multani include a Madhyal..

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Hindustani Vocal, 401

For a Masters course, content mastery will be approached with a big picture idea. Each course will have a set of Ragas, selected on the basis of a general principle. It is expected that the student analyses the principle and hypothesizes on the link of the Ragas to this principle, based on the in de..

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Hindustani Vocal 402

This course will deal with three varieties of Malhar, the Raga family associated with the life giving season in India, the monsoons. Raga in this family is Miya ki Malhar and is attributed to Miya Tansen. In addition, this course will contain Goud Malhar and Sur Malhar. Theory – includes the study..

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Hindustani Vocal 403

Three Ragas chosen for this course are evocative of seasons. Megh Malhar is sung during the Monsoon, Hemant in winter and Bahar in spring. The texts of Bandhishes in these Ragas as well as their Swara combinations will be explored in the light of their being seasonal Ragas. Raga Madhmad Sarang with ..

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Hindustani Vocal 404

We now move into a selection of morning Ragas, all with nuances and characteristics that a student at this level should be able to grasp: Gurjari Todi, which is very similar to Miya Ki Todi that the student has learnt earlier, except that it has no Pancham, Bilaskhani Todi which is actually more lik..

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Hindustani Vocal 405

The Ragas chosen for this course are variants of one parent Raga – Bilaval. With the addition of shades of other Ragas, new personalities have emerged in the forms of Ragas Devgiri Bilaval, Kukubh Bilaval, Yamani Bilaval . In this course you will explore the effect of these shades on the parent Raga..

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Hindustani Vocal 406

The three Ragas chosen for this course Puriya Kalyan, Shyam Kalyan and Gorakh Kalyan, all have the title of Kalyan, but whereas the first two are combinations (Jod) of two Ragaangas to yield a variety of the parent Raga Kalyan. The study of how Puriya in the first half of the octave and Kalyan in th..

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Hindustani Vocal 407

The four Ragas, Desi, Bhatiyar, Ahir Bhairav and Vibhas are all morning Ragas and will be studied in the context of their distinctive features. Desi and Bhatiyar are both Vakra Ragas, their characteristic movement has twisted ascending and descending Swara patterns and are identified by specific Swa..

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Hindustani Vocal 408

The three Ragas being explored in this course range from having six notes (Puriya) to five (Chandrakauns) and then four with a touch of the fifth to make it to the compulsory number to form a Raga (Hindol). In addition, this study will involve the understanding of other Ragas that share closeness in..

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Hindustani Vocal 409

The three Ragas in this course, Nayaki Kanada, Kalavati and Madhuvanti will not just be explored with their distinctive characteristics in mind, the concept of Taals and Bandhishes will also be researched deeply through these Ragas. Nayaki Kanada, with its Vakra and typical phraseology, has a popula..

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Joy of Singing(H)704

Hidustani Classical Music is like an ancient Banyan tree which encompasses various styles of Music under its umbrella. Bhakti Sangeet is one such stream of Music. Bhajan compositions could be Raga based or may not adhere to Raga structure, the focus being on expression of the lyrical content effecti..

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Raga Yaman - an in depth study - Part 1

This course , the first in the Raga Deep Dive provides an insight into Raga Yaman. Hindusthani classical music, the Ragdhari Sangeet is the music of improvisation within the perview of the Raga. Singing a Raga is much more than just making permutations and combinations with Swaras. It involves a kee..

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why should we learn Hindustani Vocal?

Music is a magical gift we must nourish and cultivate ourselves and in our children; a gift which keeps on giving throughout our lifetime. Hindustani Vocalis one of the oldest musical traditions of the world and is interwoven into the rich fabric of our society. Our Hindustani Vocal Vocal certificate program provides a unique opportunity for students anywhere in the world to learn from the convenience of their home.


Who can learn? Does learning online work?

Whatever be your age or level of expertise, we have a course that will help you take huge steps forward in developing your vocal skills.

After delivering 19000+ hours of online classes over last 3+ years we are convinced that learning online works. Instead of you travelling to meet your teacher for your classes, the teacher will come online.

You will need a computer, headset with microphone, high speed internet connection and a quiet convenient corner in your home to do your classes.
If you are travelling and do not want to miss your class, you can join your class from your phone or tablet.

All your classes are recorded and you can review the recordings at anytime and from anywhere. This has been very helpful for our students


Which course should I enroll?

If you have no formal training or less than 6 months of formal training we recommend that you join the 101 course (first course)

Others, please go through the curriculum and decide on the course to join based on the prerequisites listed. Once you enroll, our experts will review your skill level and may move you to a different level based on their evaluation.

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