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Ether Music

Online classical lessons have restored the guru-shishya harmony across continents

Ether Music
R.A. Chandroo
Ether Music
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The Raga Web

  • Online music lessons they rely on video-conferencing programs, which earn the average India-based teacher between $20 to $30 for an individual hour-long nri lesson
  • Concerts Shubha Mudgal and Farid Ayaz’s qawwal party upped the ante with their Skype-enabled Karachi-Delhi jugalbandi concert in 2008, seen by virtual and real audiences
  • A concert in your pocket Thanks to innovations like the iTanpura and iTabla, accompaniments can be downloaded on to your iPhone or iTouch, for when you want to sing or play
  • E-Lectures Eminent singers such as Sanjay Subramaniam share
    concerts and conversations with musicologists via podcast, while Shubha Mudgal is planning a series of interdisciplinary, interactive virtual lectures for American colleges

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Every evening, 12-year-old Eesha returns from a busy day of basketball and high school academics to her home in suburban New Jersey, where she shuts herself in her study and turns to the less taxing exertions of homework. At 7.30 pm, all distracting windows are dispensed with. A metronome is flicked on, an electronic harmonium intones a single, droning note, and Skype—an online video-conferencing program—is summoned. On it, half a world away in Chennai, eminent violinist and vocalist Palghat T.R. Rajaram sounds out the first plangent notes of the day.

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