Flute

Course Description

The flute is a member of a family of musical instruments in the woodwind group. Like all woodwinds, flutes are aerophones, producing sound with a vibrating column of air. Unlike woodwind instruments with reeds, a flute produces sound when the player’s air flows across an opening.
The bansuri is a transverse alto flute of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal, made of a single length of bamboo with six or seven open finger holes. An ancient musical instrument associated with cowherds and the pastoral tradition, it is intimately linked to the love story of Krishna and Radha, and is depicted in Buddhist paintings from around 100 AD. The North Indian bansuri was traditionally used as a soprano instrument primarily for accompaniment in lighter compositions including film music.

Certification : Akhil Bharatiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya Mandal

Frequency: Once A Week Class

Age-Range: 7 years & above

Class Duration : 45-60 Minutes

Semester Duration : 4-6  Months

About Ajivasan

Ajivasan, Earlier Known as Vasant Sangeet Vidyalay, was founded in 1932 in Srinagar by Acharya Jialal Vasant under the patronage of SMT.Rameswari Nehru.

The Institute has a reputation for providing scientific training in Hindustani classical music, and the students had the opportunity to perform with the master on several occasions.

Today the institute trains about 2000 students every year in Hindustani and western classical vocals, Instrumental music as well as Indian and western dance forms.

The institute also houses four state of the Art Sound Recording studios. Here we train students In professional singing and recording music tracks, films, songs, and TV and Radio Ads.

Grade-wise Curriculum

Level 1

Sem 101:

  • Alankaars (Preliminary Swar Patterns)
  • Raag Bhoopali
  • Raag Yaman
  • Taal Orientation
  • Light Songs on flute
  • Music Appreciation
  • Basic understanding of musical terms: History and origin of Indian Classical music and flute, Alankaar, Aaroh, Avroh, Pakad, Vaadi, Samvaadi, Raag, Thaat, Varjit Swar, Komal and Teevra Swar, Gayan samay, Anuvaadi, Vivadi
  • Q & A session
  • Presentation / Semester Assessments

Sem 102:

  • Alankaars – Swar & Taal patterns
  • Raag Bhairav
  • Raag Bihaag
  • Raag Kaafi
  • Introduction of Taals: Teentaal & Keherva
  • Raag Based Bhajan, understanding rhythm in Bhajan
  • Music appreciation
  • Description of Harmonium
  • Understanding of the terms: Dhwani, Dhwani ki utpatti, Naad, Shruti, Chal and Achal Swar, Swaron ke poorn Naam, Varn, Sthayi, Antara
  • Q & A session / Counselling
  • Presentation / Assessments

Sem 103:

  • Alankaars (concept of creating Varn and Alankaar thereafter)
  • Raag Alhaiyya Bilawal
  • Raag Khamaaj
  • Introduction to Taraana in Raag Khamaaj and Raag Bihaag
  • Taals: Chaartaal and Daadra
  • Layakari in Taals
  • Music Notations – Swar-lipi writing
  • Music Appreciation
  • Introduction to playing the flute on a karaoke track.
  • Understanding of the terms: Sargam, Taan, Lay
  • Reading & Writing Swar-lipi of Drut
  • Difference between Raag Bhoopali and Raag Yaman
  • Q & A session / Counselling
  • Final Exams

Level 2

Sem 201:

  • Intense Alankaars (with lots of Taan practice)
  • Introduction to Bada Khayaal – Raag Yaman (Vilambit)
  • Description of Tanpura and practice to play flute with Tanpura
  • Raag Durga
  • Raag Desh
  • Taal : Ektaal and Rupak
  • Light Music on flute
  • Music appreciation
  • Karaoke sessions on flute
  • Understanding of musical terms: Aashray Raag, Aandolan, Aandolan sankhya, Naad ki visheshtaayen, Comparision of Shruti n Naad
  • Reading & Writing swar-lipi of Vilambit
  • Difference between Raag Khamaaj and Raag Desh
  • Q & A session
  • Presentation / Assessments

Sem 202:

  • Intense Alankaars
  • Raag Bihaag (Vilambit) (Albele sapne)
  • Raag Bageshri
  • Raag Bhimpalasi
  • Introduce Dhrupad with Taali & Khaali (Raag Yaman)
  • Taal : Teevra & Sooltaal (with laykaaris)
  • Raag based Filmy Gazal to play on flute.
  • Karaoke sessions
  • Music appreciation/ Listening Session
  • Understanding of musical terms:- Geet ke prakaar, Geet ke avyav, Grah swar, Ansh swar, Nyaas swar, Vakr swar Comparision of Raags (Raag Khamaaj, Raag Desh and Raag Vrindavani Sarang)
  • Karaoke sessions
  • Music appreciation/ Listening Session
  • Presentation/ Assessments

Sem 203:

  • Raag Alhaiyya Bilawal (Vilambit)
  • Raag Vrindavani Sarang
  • Raag Asavari
  • Raag Bhairavi
  • Introduction to Dhrupad with rythmic patterns (laykaari)
  • Taal : Jhaptaal
  • Karaoke sessions
  • Music appreciation
  • Understanding of musical terms: Chalan and Ang of all the raags, Comparision between Raag Kaafi, Raag Bageshri and Raag Bhimpalasi, Vaadi swar ka raag ke samay ke saath sambandh
  • Q & A session / Counselling
  • Recording Studio Session
  • Final Exams

Level 3

Sem 301:

  • Raag Tilak Kaamod
  • Raag Hameer
  • Raag Kedar
  • Raag Tilang
  • Taal : Dhamaar
  • Introduce Tigun Lay
  • Aalaap (self made)
  • Music appreciation / Listening session
  • Karaoke sessions
  • Introduction of Western classical notes – Keyboard
  • Understanding of musical terms : Different types of geet: bada khayaal, dhamaar, hori and tappa
    Mathematical description of 72 thaat by Venkatmakhi & derivation of 484 raags with the help of one Tthaat Division of 22 shrutis into 7 shuddh swar Different types of Taan: Simple, Koot, Mishr & Bol – Taan
  • Q & A session
  • Presentation / Assessments
  • Recording Studio Session

Sem 302:

  • Paltas and Aalaaps
  • Raag Kalingda
  • Raag Jaunpuri
  • Raag Malkauns
  • Dhamaar laykaaris
  • Dhrupad in Malkauns
  • Taal : Deepchandi & Tilwada
  • Light Music
  • Karaoke sessions
  • Introduction to Western Music – Keyboard Session
  • Understanding of musical terms: Parts of the Tanpura and the use and importance of those parts; tuning and baithak for a Tanpura and a Tanpura player respectively
  • Classification of a raag on the basis of the Vaadi swar and the swars used in the scale Sandhiprakash raag and raag with komal G and N
  • Presentation – Assessments
  • Recording Studio Session

Sem 303:

  • Raag based Paltas
  • Raag Patdeep
  • Raag Pilu
  • Raag Bageshri (Vilambit)
  • Raag Bhimpalasi (Vilambit)
  • Taal : Jhoomra
  • Light Music
  • Recording Studio Session
  • Music appreciation
  • Understanding of musical terms:- Virtues and flaws of a flute player Tabla : Parts of the Tabla Jodi and the importance of these parts 4 Major Gharanas; Making of the Tabla; Tuning of the Tabla; 10 Varn of the Tabla; 7 golden rules of Thaats and Raags and the comparison between Raags and Thaats, the relation between magnitude of vibrations and the opulence + smallness of Naad
  • Q & A session
  • Assessments
  • Final Exams

Level 4

  • Raag Deshkar
  • Raag Kamod
  • Raag Jaijaivanti
  • Taal : Tappa
  • Music appreciation
  • Light music on Flute
  • Understanding of musical terms : Geet ke prakaar, Nibaddh and Anibaddh gaan, Raag Raagini paddhati
  • Assessments
  • Recording Studio Session

Sem 403:

  • Raags Multani
  • Raag Marwa
  • Raag Shankara
  • Avirbhaav – Tirobhaav
  • Introduction to Chaturang (Raag Kedar)
  • Taal : Aada Chartaal
  • Music appreciation
  • Light Music
  • Karaoke session*
  • Understanding of musical terms: Adhwadarshak swar, samay chakra and Parmel praveshak raag, Adhunik aalaap gayan and taan ke prakaar, Sandheeprakash raag, Sankeern raag, Introduction to the 32 thaats of indian classical music and names of adhunik and praacheen thaats, Swar paddhati comparison between Dakshin and Uttar Bhartiya Sangeet
  • Assessments
  • Recording Studio Session

Sem 403:

  • Raag Sohni
  • Raag Purvi
  • Raag Bahaar
  • Taal : Jat – Taal, Punjabi
  • Music appreciation
  • Recording Studio Session
  • Tabla session
  • Understanding of musical terms: Comparison between raags like Bhoopali and Deshkaar; Sohni and Marwa; Marwa and Puriya; Miya Malhaar and Bahaar, Kamod, Kedar and Hameer; Multani and Todi
  • Exams

Level 5

  • Raag Gaud malhaar
  • Raag Shree
  • Raag Chhayanat
  • Raag Adaana
  • Taals : Addha, Matt Taal, Pancham Savari
  • Music appreciation
  • Light Music on Flute
  • Karaoke sessions
  • Understanding of musical terms: Anibdh geet ke pracheen prakar: raag Aalaap, rupak Aalaap, Gayki-Nayki, History of Shruti and Swar Vibhajan, Shadaj Pancham bhav, Calculation of Andolan Sankhya as per the length of the Taar
  • Taals : Pancham Sawari and Matt
  • Raag Comparisons : Khamaj-Dhesh-Jaijaivanti-Gaud Malhar; Poorvi-shree; Chhayanat-Kedar-Hameer-Kamod; Adaana-Aasawari-Jaunpuri
  • Assessments
  • Recording Studio Session

Sem 502:

  • Drupad in Raag Shree
  • Raag Todi
  • Taraana in Raag Adaana
  • Raag Darbaari Kanhaada
  • Raag Hindol
  • Taal : Gaj Jhampa
  • Music appreciation
  • Light Music on Flute
  • Karaoke sessions
  • Theory topics : Alpatva- Bahutva, Aavirbhav-Tirobhav, Essay Writing, Biography
  • Taals : Adha, Punjabi and Gajjampa
  • Rang Comparisons : Todi-Multani; Darbari-Adaana; Hindol-Yaman-Kedar-Hameer, Chhayanat-Gaud Malhar
  • Assessments
  • Recording Studio Session

Sem 503:

  • Raag Gaud Sarang
  • Raag Vibhaas
  • Raag Puriya
  • Taal : Punjabi
  • Music appreciation
  • Light Music on Flute
  • Recording Studio Session
  • Presentation
  • Understanding of musical terms: Creating Sargams, Thaat wise Raag Comparisons including Raag Puriya-Marwa-Sohani, Chalan of Raags from Level 1 to Level 5
  • Final Exam

Level 6

Sem 601:

  • Raag Lalit
  • Raag Deshi
  • Raag Basant
  • Raag Miya Malhaar
  • Taal : Lakshmi
  • Thumri
  • Music appreciation
  • Session with Sureshji
  • Assessments
  • Recording Studio Session

Sem 602:

  • Raag Miya Malhaar
  • Raag Raageshree
  • Raag Malgunji
  • Raag Puriya Dhanashree
  • Taal : Brahma
  • Music appreciation
  • Thumri & Gazal
  • Explain Avirbhaav Tirobhaav with the help of Raags
  • Session with Suresh Wadkar ji
  • Assessments
  • Recording Studio Session

Sem 603:

  • Raag Shuddh Kalyaan
  • Raag Ramkali
  • Raag Paraj
  • Taal : Rudra
  • Music appreciation
  • Avirbhaav Tirobhaav
  • References to Raag from previous years
  • Individual singing
  • Session with Sureshji
  • Recording Studio Session
  • Final Exam