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Harmonium Madhyama Pratham

Harmonium is one of the oldest musical instruments used in India and its origin is a much debated one. Many old writings state that its origin dates back between the later parts of 18th century and 19th century. This instrument gained popularity as it has sturdy sound and also is easy to carry. Harmonium is used well with classical music like Carnatic, Hindustani classical music and Ghazal performances and more.

Among the various harmonium classes in Pune, Gandharva Mahavidyalaya is the most reputed and the oldest institution which offers finest harmonium classes in the city. Here all the harmonium classes are at par with international standards.

Being one of the renowned institutes offering harmonium classes in Pune, Gandharva Mahavidyalaya has various study levels and course structures designed through the various lessons. The harmoniums used for the classes are well tuned and are made perfect for learning purpose. The harmonium lessons are given on a one on one basis and a batch of harmonium classes will contain upto 7 students.

Keeping abreast with the latest technology, Gandharva Mahavidyalaya has started online harmonium classes as well and thus becoming one of the first online harmonium classes in Pune. The institution offers lessons for all levels from Prarambhik to Visharad, examinations are also conducted online. Anyone who is above 7 years of ages is eligible to join the harmonium classes.

Visit the courses page to know more about the various courses and lessons provided in our harmonium classes.

  • Course Objectives
  • Course Contents

From this course onwards, the student of vocal music should be able to sing solely with the tanpura and without the accompaniment of the harmonium. This course also introduces the student to the vilambit khyaal, as well as to the dhrupad style of music.

  • Swar - By the time the student reaches this level, he/she should have achieved the competence to recognise both shuddha as well as komal and teevra swars confidently.
  • Raag - The student will be taught a vilambit khyaal and a drut khyaal in Raags Kalyan, Bageshri, Bhairav and Bihag, and he/she will be expected to present the raag for around twelve minutes, using one’s own creativity to elaborate on the aalap, taan, and boltaan. Apart from this, the student will learn a madhya-laya bandish in Raags Hameer, Asavari, Shankara, Malkauns, Maand, and Deskar. The student should also be competent at recognising a raag from a signature group of swars. Also, the student will be introduced to two dhrupads, in one-to-one and double laya. In the exam, he/she might be asked to present a bandish in Drut Ektaal, as well as a tarana, bhajan, bhakti-geet, or natya-geet in any of the raags in the syllabus.
  • Taal - Apart from all the taals learnt previously, the student will be taught Ektaal and Chautaal in this course, and will be asked to show the taal in single as well as double tempo through claps with his/her hands.
  • Theory - In the written examination for this course, the student will be expected to compare the raags learnt from all aspects. He/she will also be taught to write the bols of the taals learnt, both in single tempo as well as dugun (double tempo). Also, the student should be able to write the notation of the drut bandish as well as the dhrupad in double tempo. This course also provides detailed information about dhrupad, dhamaar, vilambit khyaal, chhota khyaal, bhajan, etc, as well as basic information about folk music, light music and film music. The student is also expected to know about shadja-madhyam bhaav and shadja-pancham bhaav. Apart from this, he/she is given a brief overview of North Indian (Hindustani) classical music and South Indian (Carnatic) classical music. As part of definitions, the learner will be introduced to the finer points of naad, as well as ghaseet, jamjama, and murki. He/she will also be required to know the brief biography of Pt. V.N. Bhatkhande and Pt. Vishnu Digambar Paluskar, as well as the nuances of their notation methods.