The Tabla is a popular Indian percussion instrument used in Hindustani Classical music and in popular and devotional music of the Indian subcontinent. Playing technique involves extensive use of the fingers and palms in various configurations to create a wide variety of different sounds, reflected in the mnemonic syllables. IIE’s Tabla group mainly focuses on teaching and training interested people to play the Tabla. Those with experience are welcome to come join us and perform in our concerts.
The Veena is one of the most ancient and important instruments of South India. It is mostly used in Carnatic Indian Classical music. Owing to its rich and long tradition, there have been several exponents of this instrument and consequently a lot of different styles. The Veena is considered one of the loveliest instruments of Carnatic music for its sweet tone and ability to produce all the nuances and ornamentations unique to this system of music. NUSIIE conducts Veena classes on a weekly basis. The classes are suitable for beginners, intermediates and experts. Mrs. R.Banumathy, tutor of the Veena section, has a teaching experience of over 25 years in Veena and Vocal music. She is a senior teacher at alapana arts, besides being its founder Director.
To think of the Carnatic scene without the violin is almost impossible today. Except in very few cases, it is now regarded as the main melodic accompaniment both in vocal and instrumental concerts. It occupies an exalted position as a solo instrument too. The violin used in Carnatic music is almost identical to the Western violin but differs with respect to tuning and playing posture. Those with experience are welcome to join us and perform in our concerts. For beginners, classes are conducted on a weekly basis by Mr. Lazar Thurakkal Sebastine. Mr. Lazar is a post graduated diploma holder in Indian classical music. He actively participates in Singapore Indian Orchestra & Choir. Besides being an accomplished violinist, he is also adept at playing Keyboard and has strong knowledge in western classical music.
Of the innumerable instruments developed by man, very few can match the most natural instrument - the voice. Carnatic music gives pride of place to Vocal music. This is because vocal music has the added dimension of lyrics, which is one of the basic components of Carnatic music. A vocalist can project the lyrics and the theme of the music the best. The Indian Classical music can be broadly split into two styles of music, the Hindustani and the Carnatic. There are many concepts and theories one needs to understand before one can learn the art of singing Carnatic or Hindustani music. It is imperative that one has a complete understanding of these concepts, in order that one understands and appreciates Indian Classical music. Carnatic vocal classes are conducted in IIE for both beginners and those with experience by Mrs R.Banumathy. She has a teaching experience of over 25 years in Veena and Vocal music. She is a senior teacher at Alapana arts, besides being its founder Director.
The Sitar is a plucked stringed instrument predominantly used in Hindustani classical music. It derives its resonance from sympathetic strings, a long hollow neck and a gourd resonating chamber. The technique of playing the sitar is very involved. A good foundation to the basic techniques is absolutely necessary for learning this complex instrument. IIE’s Sitar section is well known for crafting professional players from the scratch. .