Art of Appreciation: taking the first step - Part I

Learning to appreciate is the first and important step in acquiring a skill.

Learning music, being a lifelong process, requires a student to have good grasping skills. And appreciation is the key to develop this skill.

Here are some recordings and documentaries which will enrich you as a music lover or a student of music. Do share these with students and fellow music connoisseurs.

1) The Speaking Hand: Zakir Hussain and

Classification of musical instruments in India.

GHAN(Sanskrit meaning : Dense)
Pt.Vikku Vinayakram (image courtesy:
Solid in their structure, these are made of out metal or ceramic. Popular instruments are

West meets East: MUSIC IN MOTION!

Although Indian Classical Music (Bharatiya Shastriya Sangeet) is based on the inner realm of artists - not just passing the notations or Cheez - now there's a different twist to this tale. Many who have dedicated their lives to Indian Classical Music, have always talked about

On a lighter vein : Tabla, Sitar and the Chairy Tale(1957)!

Are Indian Classical Musicians too serious? Or do they have a humorous vein?
The answer is in the short film accompanying this post.

What happens when Pt.Ravi Shankar, Pt.ChaturlalNorman McLaren, Claude Jutra and a most uncooperative chair get together? That too in 1957!
The result is "A Chairy Tale."

"A Chairy Tale" is a 1957 animated short film co-directed by Norman McLaren (Scottish-born Canadian animator) and Claude Jutra (Canadian actor, film director and writer), starring Jutra and the chair. 

More by Pandit.Ravi Shankar

The Changing Face of Tabla : TransTabla by David Yovino

David Yovino is a student of tabla maestro Pandit. Swapan Chaudhuri at the Ali Akbar College of Music in San Rafael, California. He has applied his creative design skills in redesigning the most crucial aspect that tabla performers face: tuning the instrument.

Tabla being a sensitive instrument easily goes out of tune. Tuning it time and again becomes a tiring job. David has worked on this aspect and made it simpler. At the same time, he has addressed the issue of resonance or "Aas" as it is popularly called in India.

Check out more in this video.