[Local events] FWD: Introductory Raga Class for Voice
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Thu Mar 26 15:42:51 PDT 2009
Beginning Raga Class for Voice
with Michael Stirling
1st class is free!
Tuesdays, April 7 - May 26
7:00 - 8:30 pm
(8-week course @ $77)
For registration contact:
3808 North Williams
503-963-9642 info at yogashalapdx.com
“We follow Nada Yoga or the yoga of sound, in which the performer can be
completely transported to a state of ecstasy.” Pandit Pran Nath
Reverence for sound is fundamental to Indian philosophy. Indian
classical music is one of the world’s most beautiful musical forms and
modes of human expression. In the Indian classical tradition, the voice
is considered as the supreme instrument of musical articulation.
Raga is a timeless musical language that is at the heart of Hindustani
classical music and exists today as a direct descendant of ancient
traditions and artistic disciplines. It has been preserved, elaborated
and developed through the ages, and passed on orally from teacher to
disciple, in the intimate Guru-Shishya tradition.
This class will increase your increase your knowledge and broaden your
understanding of the general elements of North Indian Classical Music
(raga & tala) and its ancient cultural and historical elements. Students
will sing and learn several raga scales and also compositions in those
ragas. The rhythmic aspect of Indian classical music (tala) will also be
examined. The class will be accompanied by tambura (essential drone
instrument) and tabla (set of 2 small hand drums).
The class is taught in the Kirana style of North Indian classical vocal
music ~ which traces its history back in time to the colorful era of the
mogul kings and the legendary saint and singer Gopal Nayak, who
worshipped Krishna, embraced Sufism and blended these elements into a
spiritual form expressed in the language of music.
“The whole system of Hindu religion and philosophy is based on the
science of vibration, and is called Nada Brahman, Sound-God. The poet
Shams-e-Tabrez, writing of the creation, says that the whole mystery of
the universe lies in sound.” Hazarat Inayat Khan
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