hindustani vocal classes., Hindustani Classical Vocal

Course Description

Ajivasan provides the unique opportunity for students in India to learn Hindustani Classical Vocals from the nearby branch. A structured curriculum, a clear path for progression, and certifications for completion. Semester Assessment Reports are given to students at completion of each level. Each level requires the student to complete the courses listed under it and pass the level exam. Students who are new to the Academy, start with the first course in each of the levels, depending on their prior experience. Entry into any level will require new students to pass the assessment for the prior level.

Certification: Akhil Bharatiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya Mandal & Prayag Sangeet Samiti

Age Range: 7 years & above

Class Duration: 60Minutes

Semester Duration: 4 -6 Months

Grade-wise Curriculum

  • This course is designed for the little ones from the age of 4 to 9 years to experience Indian music and its elements through activities and songs.

Sem 01

  • Learn simple songs, building their interest and love for music
  • Sing songs in different rhythmic patterns
  • Understanding rhythm and tempo, through fun playing session
  • Developing musical skills through fun activities, clapping, tapping on the beat and tempo of the songs
  • Assessment

Sem 02

  • Introduction to Classical Music through Alankar in Swar
  • Introduction to Dadra Taal through songs
  • Learn bandish of Raag Bhoopali & Raag Yaman
  • Introduction to Sargam and Taan
  • Assessment

Sem 03

  • Alankars in Aakar, introducing kids to patterns and combination of musical notes.
  • Introduction to Raag Khamaj & Raag Alhaiya Bilaawal
  • Introducing concept of sargams along with bandish in raags
  • Basic knowledge and understanding of Teentaal & Keherwa through songs
  • Introduction to basic terms used in music (Music Theory)
  • Final Assessment


Sem 101

  • Alankaars (Preliminary Swar Patterns)
  • Raag Bhoopali
  • Raag Yaman
  • Taal Orientation
  • Light Songs
  • Music Appreciation
  • Basic understanding of musical terms: Histroy and origin of Indian Classical Music, Alankaar, Aaroh, Avroh, Pakad, Vaadi, Samvaadi, Raag, Thaat, Varjit Swar, Komal n Teevra Swar, Gayan samay, Anuvaadi, Vivadi
  • Q & A session
  • Presentat/ 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
  • Recording Studio Session

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
  • Gazal in Dadra
  • Music Appreciation
  • Introduction to karaoke singing
  • Understanding of the terms: Sargam, Taan, Lay
  • Reading & Writing Swar-lipi of Drut
  • Difference between Raag Bhoopali and Raag Yaman
  • Q & A session / Counselling
  • Recording Studio Session
  • Final Exams

Sem 201

  • Intense Alankaars (with lots of Taan practice)
  • Introduction to Bada Khayaal – Raag Yaman (Vilambit)
  • Description of Tanpura and practice to sing with Tanpura
  • Taal OrientationRaag Durga
  • Raag Desh
  • Raag Durga
  • Music Taal: Ektaal and Rupak
  • Light Music
  • Music appreciation
  • Karaoke sessions
  • 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
  • Recording Studio Session

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
  • 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)
  • Music appreciation/ Listening Session
  • Presentation/ Assessments
  • Recording Studio Session

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

Sem 301

  • Raag Tilak Kaamod
  • Raag Hameer
  • Raag Kedar
  • Raag Tilang
  • Taal : Dhamaar
  • Introduce Tigun Lay
  • Aalaap gayki (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 BhairaviRaag Bageshri (Vilambit)
  • Raag Bhimpalasi (Vilambit)
  • Taal : Jhoomra
  • Light Music
  • Recording Studio session
  • Music appreciation
  • Understanding of musical terms:- Virtues and flaws of a singer
    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

Sem 401

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

Sem 402

  • 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
  • Final Exams

Sem 501

  • Raag Gaud malhaar
  • Raag Shree
  • Raag Chhayanat
  • Raag Adaana
  • Taals : Addha, Matt Taal, Pancham Savari
  • Music appreciation
  • Light music
  • 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
  • Karaoke session*
  • 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
  • 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 Exams

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
  • 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
  • Taraana, Chaturang
  • Avirbhaav Tirobhaav
  • References to Raag from previous years
  • Individual singing
  • Session with Suresh ji
  • Recording Studio Session
  • Final 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.