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Rejoice in Art

Dhrupad Saadhana

For building self awareness

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About the course

What will I learn

Pelva Naik's offering is focused on helping practitioners discover their authentic voice and explore the meaning and purpose of singing and listening. Through a combination of traditional and modern techniques, open dialogues, immersive Raga explorations, and interweaving various dimensions such as visual, fine art, poetic, and spiritual aspects, practitioners can expect to cultivate self-awareness and explore their creative potential.

Benefits of this course

Her practice allows individuals to connect with their authentic voice, fostering self-expression and a deeper understanding of oneself which leads to enhanced self-awareness. Practitioners also experience the joy of exploring diverse melodies, improvisation techniques, and musical expressions, nurturing their creativity. Through the interweaving of various dimensions of art, music and spirituality, Pelva's offering provides a holistic engagement with music and self-expression leading to a profound sense of meaning, purpose, and interconnectedness in daily life.

Incorporating in my life

Set aside a dedicated time of 15-30 mins in your daily or weekly schedule for practice as consistency is key to progress and development.

About the specialist

Pelva Naik is an accomplished young Dhrupad vocalist, renowned for her expertise in the ancient genre of Indian classical music with over 14 years of experience. Trained in the Dhrupad style under the guidance of the legendary Ustad Zia Fariduddin Dagar, is dedicated to delving into the heart of the music and its meaning for contemporary audiences. With a focus on rediscovering ancient sounds, she offers a unique blend of traditional and modern techniques in her teaching. Her natural ability and passion for connecting with individuals from diverse backgrounds, have made her one of the most acclaimed and admired young Dhrupad teachers today.

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Ancient & scientific relevance

Ancient texts that refer to this

The Sangita Ratnakara, translates as 'Ocean of Music and Dance', and composed by Śārṅgadeva in Sanskrit in the 13th century is one of the most important musicological texts from India.

Dhrupad music, celebrated in the Sangita Ratnakara, cultivates mental wellbeing through its contemplative qualities, precise intonation, and transformative impact.

Modern research & publications

Research paper: Effect of Indian Classical Music Therapy on Depression, Anxiety and Stress Levels in Patients with Depression Measured by DASS-21: A Pilot Study

Author(s): Sunitha.G., Sharanabasappa Algoodkar, Smitha P.S.

Abstract: Indian classical music therapy has been found to enhance mood and emotional state and showing improvement in levels of depression, anxiety and stress in humans. Its ability to induce relaxation, enhance mood, promote mindfulness, and improve concentration contributes to its potential therapeutic benefits

Introductory session

30-45 mins LIVE 1:1 online introductory session with Pelva Naik.

The session will be facilitated by the Leela Life Concierge Desk.

Plan for the intro session

Explore the relationship between breath, sound, and the inner self through a foundational vocal exercise

Experience a guided vocalizing of the "aakaar" (vowel) sound while paying attention to breath and feel the vibrations of the sound in your body

Engage in an interactive Q&A session ask questions, gain deeper insights, and clarify doubts about the course

Pre-requisites for the intro session

Please downloaded iTabla Pro (ios) or iShala (Android ) before attending the session.

Plan for overall course

The specialist will be tailoring the course for you and the exact number of sessions will depend on multiple factors such as need, inclination, interest, absorption and more.

The plan below should give you a rough indication of how many sessions will it take for you to inculcate the learnings from this course in to your regular life by yourself.

Live 1:1 online course
4 sessions
Duration of each session
60 mins
Course price

Session 1

Introduction to Breath, Swar, and Body-Voice Connection
  • Explaining breath's importance in vocal practice and offering guided exercises for relaxation and awareness
  • Introducing musical notes (Swar) and their significance, explaining placement of notes (Swar Sthān's) role, and demonstrating with vocal exercises
  • Discussion on the principle energy centers within the body and their connection to Swar Sthān

Session 2

Master self-expression through in-depth Kharaj Sādhana, Moorchhanna, and Merukhand comprehension
  • Explore Kharaj Sādhana's (practice of lower pitch in Indian music) role in inner harmony while leading exercises for lower pitch exploration, fostering a heightened vocal connection
  • Introducing Moorchhanna (adding special touches to musical notes) and its musical purpose, followed by practical skill-building exercises
  • Introduction to Merukhand (creative way of mixing notes in Indian classical music) and its significance

Session 3

Dhrupad Syllables, Rāga, and Raga Sargam
  • Explain Dhrupad syllables' role in classical music and practice for vocal precision
  • Show Rāga's (musical notes) emotional influence and self-expression by introducing a specific Rāga, helping participants connect its mood with their feelings
  • Introduce the Sargam (musical notation) system for mindful musical exploration and guide participants in using Raga Sargam patterns to express emotions through music

Session 4

Learn Bandish Composition, Taāl, and Rythm
  • Explanation of Bandish (composition) and its role in Indian classical music to cultivate self expression followed by step-by-step approach to creating a simple Bandish
  • Explore the essence of Taāl (rhythm) and its role in fostering introspection, while also discussing the integration of rhythm into daily vocal practice

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Pelva Naik

Accomplished Dhrupad vocalist

Course price
4 sessions • Weekly
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