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Hindustani Classical Music, Raga, Instrumental Music, Sitar, Sarod, Santoor

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Hindustani Classical Music, Raga, Instrumental Music, Sitar, Sarod, Santoor

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Course Description

A Hindustani Classical Music performance acquires that mystical element mainly due to its improvisational nature. However, the form and structure of a performance is quite well-defined, and followed by all irrespective of the style.

This course begins with explaining the structure of the two basic forms most prevalent today, the Khayal for Vocal performance, and the Alaap, Jod, Jhala and Gat for some instruments.

Later on, the course delves into how a composition is used as a platform to develop and expand on the Raga. Ample demonstration explains how various musical material is created for the purpose, ranging from the slow melodic designs, Alaap, to fast embellishments, the Taan, which become the primary improvisational tools. Lastly, the course also goes on to explain the accompaniment on the harmonium or the sarangi, and the role of the tanpura.

In addition to quizzes and assessment exercises, this course uses guided listening sessions to explain the performances, and also contains listening and practice lessons to help students experience more Ragas.

This course was developed in collaboration with Ragasphere and practical performance assignments are powered by MusicCritic.


This course is in adaptive mode and is open for enrollment. Learn more about adaptive courses here.

Session 1: Forms: Vocal and Instrumental Performance (May 28, 2024)
Understand the Basic form of presenting a Raga through a vocal performance, the Khayal, and its structure. Understand how some string instruments use another form for performance, the Alaap, Jod, Jhala and Gat, and its structure.
27 lessons
1. Course_3_Intro
2. Evolution_of_Forms
3. Khayal_Form
4. Khayal___Structure
5. Musical_Instruments___Capabilities
6. Alaap__Jod_And_Jhala
7. Bandish_And_Gat
8. Bhoop_Bandish_1_Female
9. Bhoop_Bandish_1_Male
10. Bhoop_Bandish_2_Female
11. Bhoop_Bandish_2_Male
12. Bhoop_Bandish_3_Female
13. Bhoop_Bandish_3_Male
14. Bhoop_Bandish_4_Female
15. Bhoop_Bandish_4_Male
16. Bhoop_Bandish_5_Female
17. Bhoop_Bandish_5_Male
18. Bhoop_Bandish_6_Female
19. Bhoop_Bandish_6_Male
20. Bhoop_Alaap_1_Female
21. Bhoop_Alaap_1_Male
22. Bhoop_Alaap_2_Female
23. Bhoop_Alaap_2_Male
24. Bhoop_Taan_1_Female
25. Bhoop_Taan_1_Male
26. Bhoop_Taan_2_Female
27. Bhoop_Taan_2_Male
Session 2: Khayal and Development (June 4, 2024)
Understand the progression and development, and the use of various musical material in a Vocal Khayal performance.
14 lessons
1. Introduction
2. Khayal_Performance_1
3. Khayal_Performance_2
4. Khayal_Performance_3
5. Khayal_Performance_4
6. Khayal_Performance_5
7. Jog_Bandish_1_Male
8. Jog_Bandish_1_Female
9. Jog_Bandish_2_Male
10. Jog_Bandish_2_Female
11. Jog_Bandish_3_Male
12. Jog_Bandish_3_Female
13. Jog_Bandish_4_Male
14. Jog_Bandish_4_Female
Session 3: Alaap, Jod, Jhala and Gat (June 11, 2024)
Understand the Alaap, Jod hala and Gat progression and the use of various musical material, for an instrumental performance.
14 lessons
1. Alaap_-_Jod_-_Jhaala_1
2. Alaap_-_Jod_-_Jhaala_2
3. Alaap_-_Jod_-_Jhaala_3
4. Alaap_-_Jod_-_Jhaala_4
5. Alaap_-_Jod_-_Jhaala_5
6. Malkauns_Bandish_1_Female
7. Malkauns_Bandish_1_Male
8. Malkauns_Bandish_2_Female
9. Malkauns_Bandish_2_Male
10. Malkauns_Bandish_3_Female
11. Malkauns_Bandish_3_Male
12. Malkauns_Bandish_5_Female
13. Malkauns_Bandish_4_Male
14. Malkauns_Bandish_4_Female
Learning Outcomes

Below you will find an overview of the Learning Outcomes you will achieve as you complete this course.

Instructors And Guests
What You Need to Take This Course

Prior Knowledge:

  • No prior knowledge of the subject, but an “ear for music”.


  • Windows or Mac desktop or laptop with a microphone and speaker/headphones.


  • Standard Browser (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, etc
Additional Information

Thank you for your interest in our course.

This is a unique course because it has a double purpose:

The program aims to provide an understanding of the basic concepts and structure of North Indian Classical Music, to students and performers of other genres of music, and help them explore it vocally or on their instruments. This program will also prepare students of Hindustani Classical Music, both vocal and instrumental, to pursue learning from a teacher or a Guru.

At the same time it has been conceived as a pilot course to test a new system of automatic assessment of music performance.

The Music Technology Group of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona, Spain) has built the Music Critic Technology. This technology aims to facilitate the learner's assessment, making it more automatic and less human-dependent, it facilitates the subjective assessment by teachers by means of computing objective similarity scores from examples given by the teachers.

Users under 18 years of age are not allowed to participate in this Course.

Kadenze is collaborating with Universitat Pompeu Fabra to test this new technology in this Course.

How does it work?

• You will be asked to upload into the Kadenze learning environment audio recordings for your exercises.

• Kadenze will code your identity and send your audio recordings (without your identifier information) to Music Critic for assessment.

• Music Critic will evaluate it and will store your audio recording indefinitely with the aim of improving Music Critic systems.

• Music Critic will send the assessment of your audio recording back to Kadenze's learning environment, and the teacher will validate it.

• The teacher will ask you to post your feedback on this new system through a survey to be filled out anonymously and send to the Music Technology Group.

• As in any other course you do not have to do all the exercises or complete the course, but Universitat Pompeu Fabra would very much appreciate if you collaborate with us on this pilot.

• You may contact Oriol Romani ( for any further information

By registering to this course YOU CONSENT:

• Your coded audio recording (without personally identifiable information) will be sent to Music Critic systems (Universitat Pompeu Fabra - Spain) for analysis and evaluation purposes.

• Your coded audio recording can be stored indefinitely in Music Critic systems with the purpose of improving the Music Critic technology.

The Music Critic automatic assessment of your audio recordings will be sent back to Kadenze's learning environment to be reviewed and validated by the teacher of your course.

Your anonymous feedback on the automatic assessment system will be sent to Music Technology Group.

By registering to this course YOU CERTIFY that you are 18 years of age or older.

YOU CONSENT to have your audio recordings licensed with a Creative Commons License with the aim that the Music Critic audio recordings database could be used by others:

• Public Domain Creative Commons License (

• Attribution 4.0 Creative Commons License ( ) ONLY in this case, Kadenze will send your audio recordings to Music Critic system with your first name and surname, so that you can be given appropriate credit.