Plucked using a metallic plectrum called a mizraab, this stringed instrument is used primarily in Hindustani Classical music.
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What is Sitar?
When one thinks of Sitar, one can’t but think of Pandit Ravi Shankar who brought it to unprecedented fame. So much so that, George Harrison, a member of the iconic group The Beatles, learned to play the sitar from him and went on to use it in several of The Beatles songs!
Based on our ancient system of Ragas and cultural influences from Persia, Hindustani Shastriya Sangeet blossomed into the signature musical style of Northern India. A background in Hindustani music definitely assists the learning of Sitar.
Learning Sitar At Sriguruji
The Learning Journey
Getting the position of holding the instrument right and learning the swara positions by plucking the strings form the basics. They learn to play the four different Bols (strokes) used when playing sitar. Beginners learn simple alankaars using the swara combinations and play few simple raags.
Intermediate students learn to play more raags and their alaps. They also learn to incorporate the specialised technique called meend which involves pulling of the main melody string down over the curved frets.
Ornamentations like the zamzama teachnique where two notes are created in one stroke of the mizrab, or the krintan, jhala, murki’s are taught to Advanced players. When these are incorporated, they add charisma to the raag played.
Our Sitar Gurus
Prakash Paunikar has a B. Tech from IIT, Bombay. His passion for Sitar drove him to meet Lt. Ustad Shamim Ahmed Khan a veteran sitar master from the Agra gharana, and senior disciple of Pandit Ravi Shankar. He walked away from his lucrative corporate job in USA to resume his sitar training. He has performed in many private and corporate concerts, with children of 5years of age also enjoying and swaying to his tunes on the sitar!