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Apart from concerts and regular teaching, we also make lecture and informance presentations as also hold masterclasses. Click here for details of some of our lecture / informance / workshop modules.

Online teaching modules for Hindustani music (vocal and on the violin, viola, 'cello or bass guitar - all extremely suitable instruments to express the finest nuances of this music), supplemented with convenient and suitably spaced intensive music camps are also available. Please contact Dr Chintamani Rath to discuss your particular area of interest.




































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Acharya Dr Chintamani Rath and Prof Basavi Mukerji welcome bookings for concerts, masterclasses, lectures, workshops, music appreciation programmes, short courses, recordings, commissioned compositions and writings (technical tracts as well as general material) as also for regular teaching/tuition in Hindustani music using time-honoured pedagogy as well as modern technology (internet, sound and video recording etc.).

We provide a complete, authentic, satisfying and memorable experience. For concerts and workshops, we are able to provide necessary accompanists (Tabla and Tanpura players) in case you cannot.

We can also arrange for you a more comprehensive musical conference with different artistes such as Yes, there is a fee involved. Would you as a professional provide your products for free? Surely not! So, please do not expect us to do so! We charge costs like reasonable travel and conveyance, board and lodging, equipment costs, accompanying artistes' expenses and a little something for our own inputs, the results of decades of rigorous pedagogic discipline, acquired at no mean effort and expense and proven to satisfy completely. Please contact Dr Chintamani Rath or Prof Basavi Mukerji to discuss your particular reqirements. Thank you.



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Dr Chintamani Rath's lecture / informance / workshop modules:-


  • Module I - The Nature of the Raga

  • Module II - Introduction to the Inner Workings of Hindustani Music: Informance

  • Module III - Introduction to the Inner Workings of Hindustani Music: Workshop

  • Module IV - Introduction to the Inner Workings of Hindustani Music: Studio Class


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Module I - The Nature of the Raga:-

Presentation genre Informance / Demonstration
Description / Objective Appreciating of the core of Indian art music through an understanding of the concept of the Raga – its historical background and its present day elements
Designed for All interested in the inner workings of Indian art music: the lecture does not presuppose any previous expertise or knowledge

Module format Illustrated lecture of 4 hours:
  • Session I (Historical Background) – 2 hours

    – Coffee break –

  • Session II (Raga Elements) – 2 hours
Pre-course reading “Introduction to Indian Art Music” by Dr Chintamani Rath, in this website (under “Music”), together with hyperlinks within the article.
(Estimated time required: 4 hours)


Resources needed
  • A suitable venue such as a lecture theatre, studio or auditorium
    (with arrangements for tea/coffee/water)
  • Data show for projecting a PowerPoint presentation
  • Music system to play recorded illustrations (audio CD)
  • Photocopying facility and paper (to produce handouts for participants)

Costs Yes, there is a fee involved.

Would you as a professional provide your products for free? Surely not! So, please do not expect us to do so! We charge costs like reasonable travel and conveyance, board and lodging, equipment costs, accompanying artistes' expenses and a little something for our own inputs, the results of decades of rigorous pedagogic discipline, acquired at no mean effort and expense and proven to satisfy completely.

Please contact Dr Chintamani Rath for discussing costs. Thank you!




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Module II - The Inner Workings of Hindustani Music - Informance:-

Presentation genre Informance / Demonstration
Description / Objective Approaching Indian art music with western instruments
Designed for Students and others interested in composition, ethno music or expanding their repertoire in their chosen instrument and all interested in Indian art music

Module format Informance/Demonstration – 2 hours:

1. Objectives:
  • To introduce participants to the formalised world of practical musicianship in the classical Indian context
  • To point participants towards a new canvas for creating original musical ideas
  • To provide a starting point to participants in a journey of appreciation or further study of a robust, challenging, entertaining, living and respected musical culture with an unbroken tradition of two millennia and more
2. Concepts covered:
  • Notes in Indian art music – names (Sargam), pitch considerations (Shrüti) and articulation
  • Two basic ornaments – Meend and Gamak
  • The Raga as the melodic base of Indian art music, Raga attributes (Lakshana)
  • The rhythmic dimension – Tempo (Laya) and cyclic rhythm (Tala): Four basic Tala – Teentala, Ektala, Jhaptala and Roopaktala
  • The presentation (instrumental music) – Alap, Vistar, Gat, Tan, Tihai, and Jhala
  • Vocal music presentation – the Khayal
3. Skills:
  • Practice in executing Meend and Gamak
  • Practice in note, phrase and passage progressions in the Raga Kedar
  • Practice in one Vilambit Teental Gat and one Drüt Teental Gat in the Raga Kedar
  • Practice in one Tan, one Tihai and Jhala in the Raga Kedar
4. Teaching strategies:
  • Lecture using PowerPoint presentation, with musical illustrations (live and recorded)
  • Supervised practice through traditional Indian pedagogy (Sadhana or Riyaz)
  • Handout of the PowerPoint presentation used, with additional notes and references
Pre-course reading “Introduction to Indian Art Music” by Dr Chintamani Rath, in this website (under “Music”), together with hyperlinks within the article.
(Estimated time required: 4 hours)


Resources needed
  • A suitable venue such as a lecture theatre, studio or auditorium
    (with arrangements for tea/coffee/water)
  • Data show for projecting a PowerPoint presentation
  • Music system to play recorded illustrations (audio CD)
  • Photocopying facility and paper (to produce handouts for participants)

Costs Yes, there is a fee involved.

Would you as a professional provide your products for free? Surely not! So, please do not expect us to do so! We charge costs like reasonable travel and conveyance, board and lodging, equipment costs, accompanying artistes' expenses and a little something for our own inputs, the results of decades of rigorous pedagogic discipline, acquired at no mean effort and expense and proven to satisfy completely.

Please contact Dr Chintamani Rath for discussing costs. Thank you!




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Module III - The Inner Workings of Hindustani Music - Workshop:-

Presentation genre Workshop
(Covering all areas of the informance at a greater depth as well as additional areas)
Description / Objective Approaching Indian art music with western instruments
Designed for Students and others interested in composition, ethno music or expanding their repertoire in their chosen instrument and all interested in Indian art music

Module format Workshop – 2 days of 7 hours each:

1. Objectives:
  • To introduce participants to the formalised world of practical musicianship in the classical Indian context
  • To enable participants the experience of playing areas of Indian art music in their chosen instruments
  • To point participants towards a new canvas for creating original musical ideas
  • To provide a starting point to participants in a journey of appreciation or further study of a robust, challenging, entertaining, living and respected musical culture with an unbroken tradition of two millennia and more
2. Concepts covered:
  • Notes in Indian art music – names (Sargam), pitch considerations (Shrüti) and articulation
  • Two basic ornaments – Meend and Gamak
  • The Raga as the melodic base of Indian art music, Raga attributes (Lakshana)
  • The rhythmic dimension – Tempo (Laya) and cyclic rhythm (Tala): Four basic Tala – Teentala, Ektala, Jhaptala and Roopaktala
  • The presentation (instrumental music) – Alap, Vistar, Gat, Tan, Tihai, and Jhala. Also an introduction to the Dhün
  • Vocal music presentation – the Khayal, Tarana, Thumri, Bhajan
  • Historical sketch of Indian art music, including its schools/styles (Sampradaya/Gharana)
  • The different musical genres in vogue in present day India and the place of Hindustani music
3. Skills:
  • Practice in executing Meend and Gamak
  • Practice in note, phrase and passage progressions in two contrasting Raga - Kedar and Todi
  • Practice in one Vilambit Teental Gat and one Drüt Teental Gat in Raga Kedar and Todi
  • Practice in one Tan, one Tihai and Jhala in Raga Kedar and Todi
4. Teaching strategies:
  • Lecture using PowerPoint presentation, with musical illustrations (live and recorded)
  • Supervised practice through traditional Indian pedagogy (Sadhana or Riyaz)
  • Handout of the PowerPoint presentation used, with additional notes and references
Pre-course reading “Introduction to Indian Art Music” by Dr Chintamani Rath, in this website (under “Music”), together with hyperlinks within the article.
(Estimated time required: 4 hours)


Resources needed
  • A suitable venue such as a lecture theatre, studio or auditorium
    (with arrangements for tea/coffee/water)
  • Data show for projecting a PowerPoint presentation
  • Music system to play recorded illustrations (audio CD)
  • Photocopying facility and paper (to produce handouts for participants)

Costs Yes, there is a fee involved.

Would you as a professional provide your products for free? Surely not! So, please do not expect us to do so! We charge costs like reasonable travel and conveyance, board and lodging, equipment costs, accompanying artistes' expenses and a little something for our own inputs, the results of decades of rigorous pedagogic discipline, acquired at no mean effort and expense and proven to satisfy completely.

Please contact Dr Chintamani Rath for discussing costs. Thank you!




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Module IV - The Inner Workings of Hindustani Music - Studio Class:-

Presentation genre Studio Class
(Covering all areas of the informance at a greater depth as well as additional areas)
Description / Objective Approaching Indian art music with western instruments
Designed for Students and others interested in composition, ethno music or expanding their repertoire in their chosen instrument and all interested in Indian art music

Module format Studio class – 4 hours:

1. Objectives:
  • To introduce participants to the formalised world of practical musicianship in the classical Indian context, through the medium of a composition, for their chosen instrument or a combination of instruments, written using elements from Hindustani music but within a western context and for western instruments
  • To point participants towards a new canvas for creating original musical ideas
  • To provide a starting point to participants in a journey of appreciation or further study of a robust, challenging, entertaining, living and respected musical culture with an unbroken tradition of two millennia and more
  • To achieve the above through enabling participants to master and include the composition in their performance repertoire
  • To showcase the result of the session by a performance of the composition
2. Concepts covered:
  • Notes in Indian art music – names (Sargam), pitch considerations (Shrüti) and articulation
  • Two basic ornaments – Meend and Gamak
  • The Raga as the melodic base of Indian art music, Raga attributes (Lakshana)
  • The rhythmic dimension – Tempo (Laya) and cyclic rhythm (Tala): Four basic Tala – Teentala, Ektala, Jhaptala and Roopaktala
  • The presentation (instrumental music) – Alap, Vistar, Gat, Tan, Tihai, and Jhala
  • The manner in which these concepts are incorporated in the composition at hand and their best expression in the course of its performance in terms of adherence to the HIndüstani tradition
3. Skills:
  • Practice in executing Meend and Gamak in the Raga used in the composition
  • Practice in note, phrase and passage progressions in the Raga used in the composition
  • Practice in one Vilambit Teental Gat and one Drüt Teental Gat in the Raga used in the composition
  • Practice in Tan, Tihai and Jhala in the Raga used in the composition
4. Teaching strategies:
  • (Participants would have already practised a composition pre-sent to them)
  • Lecture using PowerPoint presentation, with musical illustrations (live and recorded)
  • Supervised practice through traditional Indian pedagogy (Sadhana or Riyaz)
  • Handout of the PowerPoint presentation used, with additional notes and references
  • Practical incorporation of the elements of HIndüstani music in the composition
Pre-course reading “Introduction to Indian Art Music” by Dr Chintamani Rath, in this website (under “Music”), together with hyperlinks within the article.
(Estimated time required: 4 hours)


Resources needed
  • A suitable venue such as a lecture theatre, studio or auditorium
    (with arrangements for tea/coffee/water)
  • Data show for projecting a PowerPoint presentation
  • Music system to play recorded illustrations (audio CD)
  • Photocopying facility and paper (to produce handouts for participants)

Costs Yes, there is a fee involved.

Would you as a professional provide your products for free? Surely not! So, please do not expect us to do so! We charge costs like reasonable travel and conveyance, board and lodging, equipment costs, accompanying artistes' expenses and a little something for our own inputs, the results of decades of rigorous pedagogic discipline, acquired at no mean effort and expense and proven to satisfy completely.

Please contact Dr Chintamani Rath for discussing costs. Thank you!




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Buy:      See the publications page of this website for details

  • CD - Puria Dhanashri, Kalavati, Mishra Pilu Dhun
  • CD - Kedar, Mishra Dhun
  • CD - Kaleidoscope of CROWL
  • CD - Emerging Creations

  • Score - Encore from Calcutta (solo violin)
  • Score - A Pair of Bows (duets for two violins)
  • Score - The Seven Beat Piano (pianoforte solo)

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