Harmonium

Course Description

Harmonium is an instrument that is indispensable in India and that is used in the religious field, in classical music, in folklore. Air is pumped into an enclosed space by means of bellows. Harmonium is widely used in accompanying classical vocal music, semi-classical forms, ghazals, bhajans, its also used by many musicians and composers as the instrument of choice for musical support while composing new tunes.

Certification: Akhil Bharatiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya Mandal

Frequency: Twice A Week Class & Once A Week Class

Age Range : 7 years & abov

Class Duration: 45-60 Minutes

Semester Duration : 4-6 Months 

Grade-wise Curriculum

Semester 101

  • Playing Alankaars (Preliminary Swar Patterns) playing on Harmonium.
  • Playing Raag Bhoopali
  • Playing Raag Yaman
  • Taal Orientation
  • Playing Light Songs
  • Music Appreciation
  • Assessment

Semester 102

  • Playing Alankaars – Swar & Taal patterns
  • Playing Raag Bhairav
  • Playing Raag Bihaag
  • Playing Raag Kaafi
  • Understanding of Taals : Teentaal & Keherva
  • Playing Raag Based Bhajan, understanding rhythm in Bhajan
  • Music appreciation
  • Assessment

Semester 103

  • Alankaars (concept of creating Varn and Alankaar thereafter) playing on Harmonium.
  • 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
  • Gazal in Dadra
  • Exam

Semester 201

  • Playing Intense Alankaars
  • Introduction to playing Bada Khayaal – Raag Yaman (Vilambit)
  • Description of Tanpura and practice to play along with Tanpura
  • Playing Raag Durga
  • Playing Raag Desh
  • Taal : Ektaal and Rupak
  • Playing Light Music
  • Music appreciation
  • Understanding of musical terms : Aashray Raag, Aandolan, Aandolan sankhya, Naad ki visheshtaayen, Comparision of Shruti n Naad
  • Reading & Writing swar-lipi of Vilambit and Chota khayal
  • Assessment

Semester 202

  • Playing Intense Alankaars
  • Playing Raag Bihaag (Vilambit) (Albele sapne)
  • Playing Raag Bageshri
  • Playing Raag Bhimpalasi
  • Introduce to play Dhrupad with Taali & Khaali (Raag Yaman)
  • Taal : Teevra & Sooltaal (with laykaaris)
  • Playing Raag based Filmy Gazal
  • Music appreciation/ Listening Session of legends
  • 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)
  • Music appreciation/ Listening Session
  • Assessment

Semester 203

  • Playing Raag Alhaiyya Bilawal (Vilambit)
  • Playing Raag Vrindavani Sarang
  • Playing Raag Asavari
  • Playing Raag Bhairavi
  • Introduction to play Dhrupad with rythmic patterns (laykaari)
  • Taal : Jhaptaal
  • Know to make track on Harmonium.
  • 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
  • Final Exams

Semester 301

  • Playing Raag Tilak Kaamod
  • Playing Raag Hameer
  • Playing Raag Kedar
  • Playing Raag Tilang
  • Taal : Dhamaar
  • Introduce Tigun Lay and lehra
  • Playing Aalaap (self made)
  • Assessment

Semester 302

  • Playing Paltas and Aalaaps
  • Playing Raag Kalingda
  • Playing Raag Jaunpuri
  • Playing Raag Malkauns
  • Understanding of Taal Dhamaar laykaaris
  • Playing along with Dhrupad in Malkauns
  • Understanding of Taal : Deepchandi & Tilwada
  • Light Music
  • Karaoke sessions
  • Introduction to Western Music – Keyboard Session
  • Understanding of musical terms : Parts of the Taanpura 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
  • Assessment

Semester 303

  • Playing Raag based Paltas
  • Playing Raag Patdeep
  • Playing Raag Pilu
  • Playing Raag Bageshri (Vilambit)
  • Playing Raag Bhimpalasi (Vilambit)
  • Understanding f Taal : Jhoomra
  • Playing Light Music
  • Recording Studio session
  • Music appreciation
  • Assessment

Semester 401

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

Semester 402

  • Playing Raags Multani
  • Playing Raag Marwa
  • Playing Raag Shankara
  • Understanding of Avirbhaav – Tirobhaav
  • Playing and Introduction to Chaturang (Raag Kedar)
  • Understanding of Taal : Aada Chartaal
  • Music appreciation
  • Playing Light Music
  • 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

Semester 403

  • Playing Raag Sohni
  • Playing Raag Purvi
  • Playing Raag Bahaar
  • Understanding of Taal : Jat – Taal, Punjabi
  • Music appreciation
  • Studio session
  • Tabla session
  • Exams

Semester 501

  • Playing Raag Gaud malhaar
  • Playing Raag Shree
  • Playing Raag Chhayanat
  • Playing Raag Adaana
  • Understanding of Taals : Addha, Matt Taal, Pancham Savari
  • Music appreciation
  • Playing Light Music
  • 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

Semester 502

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

Semester 503

  • Playing Raag Gaud Sarang
  • Playing Raag Vibhaas
  • Playing Raag Puriya
  • Understanding of Taal : Punjabi
  • Music appreciation
  • Playing Light Music
  • Studio session
  • Presentation
  • Final Exam

Semester 601

  • Playing Raag Lalit
  • Playing Raag Deshi
  • Playing Raag Basant
  • Understanding of Taal : Lakshmi
  • Playing Thumri
  • Music appreciation
  • Session with Sureshji
  • Assessments

Semester 602

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

Semester 603

  • Playing Raag Shuddh Kalyaan
  • Playing Raag Ramkali
  • Playing Raag Paraj
  • Understanding of Taal : Rudra
  • Music appreciation
  • Playing Taraana, Chaturang
  • Avirbhaav Tirobhaav
  • References to Raag from previous years
  • Individual playing
  • Exam

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.