Demystifying Indian Music

13 Aug 2012 - 17 Aug 2012 | 16:30 until 18:00

The Great Hall

Lecture Series Supported by The Granada Foundation

These sessions offer a unique glimpse into the world of Indian Music, covering a range of fascinating topics and giving you an opportunity to meet and ask questions to some of the musicians performing in the Indika festival.  No previous musical knowledge is needed – just a curious mind!

Each session takes place in the Great Hall located in Liverpool Hope University’s Creative Campus and run from 4:30pm – 6pm.  This will give you enough time to enjoy some delicious Indian food provided by Mayur restaurant before making your way into the Capstone Theatre for an Indika festival performance!

August 13th 2012

Shashank – Carnatic Bansuri
Patri Sathish Kumar – Mridangam

The skill of developing ragas through spontaneous improvisation is one of the key characteristics of Indian Classical Music. This session explores how a raga is developed and the different skills involved in improvisation.

The North South Divide
August 14th 2012

Gaurav Mazumdar – Sitar
Nandini Muthuswamy – Violin

This lecture demonstration session explores and explains the stylistic and technical differences between the North Indian Hindustani style, and the South Indian Carnatic tradition.

Playing in an Ensemble
August 15th 2012 

Anil Srinivasan – Piano
Ranajit Sengupta – Sarod

Playing in an ensemble is the traditional form of Indian Classical music performance. This session uncovers the secret behind its success in a genre where improvisation is a vital element.

Setting the Mood; How Ragas can make a Difference
August 16th 2012 

Rakesh Chaurasia – Bansuri

The raag is the most important concept any student of Indian music should understand.  The Hindi/Urdu word “raag” is derived from the Sanskrit “raga” which means “colour, or passion”. Many rāgas are prescribed for a particular time of a day or a season; when performed at the suggested time, the rāga has its maximum effect. Learn the differences, and understand the positive effects of experiencing the right rāga at the right time.

Indian Percussions
August 17th 2012 

Kousic Sen – Tabla
Bangalore Prathap – Mridangam/Ghatam/Kanjira

Indian percussion technique involves extensive use of the fingers and palms in various configurations to create a wide variety of different sounds. This lecture demonstration introduces the audience to  the rhythmic cycles and complex theoretical systems used in Indian percussion, all of which are rooted in ancient tradition.

Box office information


Creative Campus, Liverpool Hope University, L6 1HP


+44 (0151) 291-3949 (M-F 10am - 5:30pm)


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