North Indian Classical Music

North Indian Classical Music

Universitat Pompeu Fabra

The North Indian Classical Music program aims to introduce this music tradition to any music motivated learner by combining theoretical and practical teaching approaches.

The first course covers the fundamental elements of North Indian Classical Music, from the Swara (note) and Laya (tempo) to the concepts of Raga (melodic framework) and Tala (rhythm framework). The second course begins with a closer and more detailed look at the Raga, and also explains the language of the Tabla, and how this is used to aesthetically structure the Awartan of the Tala. Lastly, the third 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.

Students will receive feedback through a series of quizzes and by submitting practical performance assignments that are evaluated by assistant teachers with the support of the Music Critic technology.

This program is a collaboration between the Music Technology Group of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra of Barcelona, a research group that has been studying the music of India, and RagaSphere, a team of Indian professional musicians and educators dedicated to disseminate North Indian Classical Music.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the basic concepts and terminology of North Indian Classical Music, and be able to sing or play on your instrument, a few compositions in Ragas.
  • Understand the form, structure and elements of a typical vocal and instrumental performance of Hindustani Classical Music, and be able to appreciate, some of the finer nuances of what a vocal or instrumental performer is presenting in a concert.
  • Have sufficient understanding of the concepts and techniques of Hindustani Classical Music to enable you to experiment with applying these to your own instrument.


3 Courses
9 Sessions / 6.0 hours of work per session
187 Lesson videos
Course 1: North Indian Classical Music I: Fundamental Elements Starts in 4 days
  • Session 1: The Swara and the Saptak
  • Session 2: Raga: The Concept
  • Session 3: Laya and Tala: The Concept
Course 2: North Indian Classical Music II: Raga Composition and Development * Starts in 4 days
  • Session 1: Raga: Internal structure and aesthetics
  • Session 2: Tabla and the Structure of Tala
  • Session 3: Bandish, the Composition
Course 3: North Indian Classical Music III: Performance Practice * Starts in 4 days
  • Session 1: Forms: Vocal and Instrumental Performance
  • Session 2: Khayal and Development
  • Session 3: Alaap, Jod, Jhala and Gat
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