Monday, 22 June 2009

A teaching style for our MA courses?

Sarod musician Ali Akbar Khan was taught by his father: ‘As vocal music forms the basis of all Indian classical music, Ali Akbar was made to spend hours practising the sargams, sol-fa passages, and taans, musical figures. He was never allowed out of the room until his father was satisfied that he had got them right. Percussion and talas, time measures, he learned from his uncle, Fakir Aftabuddin. As [Ravi] Shankar wrote: “Ali Akbar told me he had been compelled to practise for 14 to 16 hours every day, and there were times when Baba tied him to a tree for hours and refused to let him eat if his progress was not satisfactory.” ’

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I hope not:)