Classical Music

Music helps one mature physically, emotionally, socially, and cognitively.

 
classical music

Why Classical Music?

Music improves concentration, builds confidence and encourages creativity in our minds. Carnatic music and Hindustani are the two main genres of classical music that are prevalent in India. Carnatic Vocal is more prevalent in south India, Carnatic music is believed to be one of the oldest forms of music in the world. The soul of Carnatic music lies in Ragam, Thalam and Swaras and this has a very structured way of learning.

The practice of singing was popular from the Vedic times (5000 BC) where the hymns in Sama Veda, an ancient religious text, were sung as Samagana. Ever since, it has developed over centuries, imbibing traditions from across the Indian subcontinent to form a rich cultural tradition named as Indian Classical Music. Hindustani music (diverging from Carnatic music during AD 13th century) was not only influenced by ancient Hindu musical traditions, historical Vedic philosophy and native Indian sounds but also enriched by the Persian, Multani, Chinese, Arabic musical practices as well. Today it consists of classical genres like dhrupad, dhamar, khayal, tarana, sadra, thumri, and folk genres like kajri, chaiti, lori, dandiya, bihu,langa, bhopa, jogi, lavani, etc. It has further influenced other forms of Indian music including Tagore songs, Film Music, Indian Pop, Raga Rock, etc. Throughparampara, the tradition of music continues over the ages, as a fine string through the numerous musical forms, like the flowers of a garland.

 

Classical music is a powerful ally for developing many of the attributes of a growing child. Music helps children mature physically, emotionally, socially, and cognitively. The physical benefits of music are widely accepted, but the emotional, social and cognitive attributes have only recently begun to be appreciated.

NZ Ashram  offers regular singing classes for learning Carnatic Vocal Music with expert guidance of experienced senior Carnatic Vocal Music teachers – gurus. The online Carnatic Vocal – voice training course lessons offered by NZ Ashram, online music learning courses include live, real time, one-on-one learning sessions with the Carnatic Music training instructor. 

 

Our Teachers

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Professor Shuk Dev Madhur

… a renowned master in his field

Professor Shuk Dev Madhur, retired lecturer of music, is renowned and a master in field, especially in the area of music training. He is a panelist with the All India Radio (National broadcaster) and has also trained several hundred teachers at the prestigious Indian National Council of Education Research and Training.

 

Professor Shuk dev Madhur is known to New Zealanders as a violinist proficient in the Hindustani style of music. His passion for the art has made him a quality teacher encouraging a growing number of youngsters to learn violin under his able guidance. Professor Madhur is a recipient of several Awards, among the foremost of which is the National Award that he received from former Indian President Shankar Dayal Sharma in 1993 for his contributions to music. He is a wealth of knowledge in Indian classical music.

Professor Madhur is largely responsible for bringing Hindustani Style of music to the NZ, giving it the global audience it enjoys today. He spends his time between India and New Zealand. When here, he teaches at the Sargam School of Indian Music.

Violin Concerts of Professor Madhur have been featured in innumerable Music festivals & conferences all over the New Zealand & Austrailia.

Professor. Madhur has association with many outstanding musicians from all over the world including top musician like Flutist Pt. Ronu Majumdar, Tabla Maestro Ustad Fazal Qureshi & Pt Pawan K Verma, Vocalist Pt Shyam Das Mishra, Dr. Suresh Ramachandran on Mridhangham, Sarod Player Chinmaya Dunstar, Violinist Dr. Ashok Malur to name a few.

Some Of his Unique performances also include music concerts at Asia 2000 Foundation of New Zealand, Prana Music, dance & arts Festival, waitakere Indian Association, Pakistan Association of New Zealand, Bharatiya Samaj’s Fund raiser in New Zealand, Auckland Council Community events.

Professor Shuk Dev Madhur, true cultural ambassador of India, continues to preserve and spread the rich cultural heritage of Indian classical music, in all its glory.

Music helps one mature physically, emotionally, socially, and cognitively.

What we offer

  • Weekly Singing Classes in Auckland
  • Workshops in Schools
  • Private classes and workshops for Individuals, Groups & Parties/Events
  • Wedding services
  • Online classes
  • Corporate workshops and performances