Hindustani Classical and Semi-Classical Vocal Classes for Beginners: Kirana Gharana Raag and Swara, Bandish, Thumri-Dadra, Marathi Abhang, and Hindi Bhajan


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Rs. 2080.0 for 45 Minutes Session


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If you listen to music, you must have heard the term 'Kirana Gharana' - but chances are, you have no idea what it really means. 

Kirana Gharana is one of the most prolific Khyal Gharanas, and is all about the perfect intonation of individual notes. These notes or Swara are the key components of Kirana Gharana - and Arati Thakur-Kundalkar, a torchbearer of Kirana Gharana, excels at this. 

As an Indian Classical vocalist, Surmani Arati's online singing lessons will feature a deep understanding and knowledge of Swar, Lay, Raag, and Taal. Other than this, you will also learn:

  • How to sing
  • How to control your voice
  • How to bring variations for perfect intonations of Swara

With regular classes, you will understand and be able to sing all 12 natural notes as well as some basis ragas such as Durga, Bhoop, Srang, and so on. 

If you've already received training in Hindustani Classical vocals, you can seek Arati's online singing classes for Semi-Classical forms such as Thumri, Dadra, and Marathi and Hindi Bhajans.

Additionally, if you wish to further your classical singing prowess, you will receive specific guidance on Kirana-style Khyal Gayaki. She often refers to music and singing as meditation and considers her regular morning riyaz as a meditative activity. 

As an award-winning vocalist, Arati is a wealth of information on and experienced in conducting online classes for beginners, intermediate, and advanced classical students. 

Book a session with Arati to experience this peace and oneness with music and your inner self. 

About Arati Thakur-Kundalkar

Indian Classical & Semi-Classical Vocalist, and a Torch Bearer of Kirana Gharana

Arati Thakur-Kundalkar is an extremely talented vocalist and has been recognized as one of the torch bearers of the Kirana Gharana. 

With a penchant for music from a young age, Arati received her initial music lessons at the tender age of nine from the veteran Kirana Gharana vocalist, Late Smt. Leelatai Gharpure. Following these lessons, she pursued this style in depth from Kirana Gharana's living legend, Swaryogini Padmabhushan Dr Prabha Atre. 

With an MA in Music from SNDT University, Arati is a rank-holder and a Sangeet Visharad in Hindustani Music from Gandharva Mahavidyalaya.

Other than Khyal music, Arati has also learnt several semi-classical forms such as Thumri, Dadra, and Ghazal from Dr Sanjeev Shende and Dr Prabha Arte. With a deeply soulful and melodious voice groomed to perfection over the years, Arati has benefitted from the guidance of Dr Arawind Thatte, harmonium maestro and musicologist. 

In her concerts, Arati presents classical and semi-classical devotional compositions with equal intensity and expertise. 

She has performed in many music conferences all over India. Her performances and training have been well received, acknowledged, and respected by veteran musicians such as: 

  • Pt. Bhimsen Joshi
  • Ganhira Hirabai Badodekar
  • Pt. Firoz Dastur
  • Pt. Ulhas Kashalkar
  • Smt. Malini Rajurkar
  • Smt. Devaki Pandit
  • Dr. Alka Deo Marulkar
  • Smt. Arati Ankalikar
  • Pt. Rajan Sajan Mishra
  • Pt. Mukul Shivputra
  • Smt. Padma Talwalkar

Arati is also an impaneled artist on the ICCR (Indian Council for Cultural Relations), Lalit Kala Kendra at the Center for Performing Arts in Pune University, and Kalavardhini as a Guru. She is a graded artiste of AIR for classical vocal and light music.

Arati has been bestowed the following awards during her illustrious career: 

  • Parundekar Puraskar in the prestigious Sawai Gandharva Bhimsen Mahotsav, Pune, at the hands of Kirana Gharana senior vocalist Pt. Feroz Dasturji
  • Pt. Jitendra Abhisheki Yuva Puraskar by Tarangini Pratishtan
  • Pt. Sangameshwar Gurav Yuva Gaayak Puraskar by Kalanubhav Charitable Trust at the hands of Pt. Ulhas Kashalkar
  • The prestigious Gaan Heera Award
  • Surmani Award from Sur-Singar Samsad, Mumbai
  • Pt. Ramkrishnabuwa Vaze Yuva Gayak Puraskar by Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, Pune
  • Sudha Sindhu Puraskar by Sur Sangat Sanstha, Pune
  • Paingankar Puraskar by Pt. Jasraj Mitra Mandal, Pune
  • Late Pramilabai Deshpande Puraskar by Deshastha Rigvedi Shikshan Sanstha, Pune 
  • Felicitation by the Mayor of Pune Municipal Corporation

Furthermore, she has won the first prize in various prestigious music competitions such as: 

  • National level semi-classical music competition organized by Dr Prabha Atre Foundation
  • Gaanvardhan Pune, semi-classical music competition
  • Inter-college Swar-Madhuri competition
  • Sur Samvardhan competition
  • Late Jayantrao Mirajkar competition
  • All India Radio (Pune center) for light music
  • D.V. Paluskar competition

She has been training students in Hindustani Classical and Semi-Classical Music for over a decade. Recently, she has started providing online vocal training classes on Spark.Live to reach a wider audience and spread the beauty of Hindustani Classical and Kirana Dharana all over the country. 

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