Nadaras – A 7-day immersive Hindustani Music Workshop with the experience of baithak, Led by Naman Sharma

Experience a weekend of pure bliss with an immersive workshop on the enchanting melodies of North Indian Classical Music. Delve into the fundamentals and advanced levels of rāgas (melodic forms), tālas (rhythm cycles), rhythmic phrasing, vocal and instrumental styles, training methods, musicality, performance aesthetics, and universal concepts of music – all through the lens of classical repertoire.

This workshop is designed for students of all instruments and levels who possess a deep interest in learning music. Immerse yourself in practical singing and interactive discussions with fellow music enthusiasts. Whether a beginner or an experienced musician, you’ll walk away with a newfound appreciation and understanding of this captivating genre. Don’t miss this opportunity to explore the rich heritage of North Indian Classical Music and unlock your musical potential.

Program Objectives:
After this program, the participants will be able to
-Gain an entry point into understanding as well as practicing the Indian classical music tradition through the various learning modules
-Explore the Indian music swar laya and taal
-Obtain an overview of the various elements of Hindustani classical music, and develop a holistic understanding & appreciation for the genre
-Achieve a continued immersion into the practice of Indian classical music through takeaway practice exercises and modules that can be implemented at multiple levels of training

Topics Covered
-Swar sadhana – Type of notes, breathing exercise, vocal dynamics, vocal movement, concept of alankar, understanding the tanpura, Harmonium and tabla.
-Laya sadhana – understanding the role of time in music, principles of rhythm and counting, practices to develop and deepen the intuitive sense of rhythm, concepts of taal, types of taal, ang of taal, layakari. Tāla (rhythm cycle) – understanding the cyclic treatment of time in Indian music through the concept of tāla, and learning the bols or alphabets of taal

-Rāga sadhana – the central concept of all Indian classical music. Understanding the intricacies and nuances of this phenomenon that makes Indian music so special, and learning to sing, improvise and communicate with a rāga in line with the principles of the HIndustani classical music tradition.

Bandish (composition) – combining the various rhythmic and melodic frameworks studied with application to poetry in the form of a composed musical piece in Hindustani music. The aesthetic sense in music.

Baithak – An immersive music experience, where you’ll sit with renowned guest artists of various instruments and vocals. To enrich this workshop further, we are inviting incredible artists from the Indian classical music field, including sitar, flute, vocal, and tabla recitals. Their performances every evening will elevate your learning and take it to a whole new level. Get ready for an unforgettable musical journey!

Indian Music is an ancient art form that holds the power to take you on a profound inner journey. It is not merely for entertainment but a gateway to explore the depths of your soul and connect with your innermost self.

This retreat is exclusively intended for committed and serious participants. Please thoroughly read and complete the form with utmost care. As the availability of seats is limited, we aim to accommodate dedicated participants who are fully committed to this workshop.

Who is this workshop for?

1. Basic or intermediate-level singers and instrumentalists eager to hone their skills.
2. Music enthusiasts with a profound love for Indian music, craving to explore their musical talents.
3. Individuals from diverse music genres, captivated by the allure of Hindustani classical music.
4. Beginners embarking on their musical quest, guided by expert mentors.
5. Aspiring singers of bandish, bhajans, and mantras, seeking the healing power of music.
6. Sound therapists and healers fascinated by the therapeutic potential of melodies.
7. Seekers of inner peace and serenity, finding solace through the artistry of music.
8. Curious minds intrigued by the fundamental elements of music and its profound impact.
9. People who wants to learn Harmonium or any Instrument

What we are offering:

1. Engaging in daily sessions of 4-6 hours (in two sessions), embracing theoretical discussions, practical singing exercises, breath work, and voice refinement.
2. Unravel the mysteries of Hindustani music, exploring swaras, taal, and laya, while refining your mindful listening skills.
3. Immerse in the enchanting aesthetics of raags, discovering the profound beauty within their melodies.
4. Daily practices to effortlessly incorporate music into your daily life, fostering a harmonious balance.
5. Lively Q&A discussions, sharing knowledge and insights with fellow participants.
6. Embrace the joy of singing together, harmonizing in a mesmerizing musical journey.
7. Special baithak sessions with renowned artists, deepening your understanding and amplifying the impact of the workshop.

Join us on this enlightening musical odyssey, where you’ll not only unravel the beauty and depth of Hindustani classical music but also embark on a transformative journey of self-discovery through the power of melodies.

Please note that seats are limited, After submitting the form, a detailed email with further instructions will be provided.

Everyone, with or without prior training, is welcome to join, and the workshop will be conducted in English, with Hindi support available if needed.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in making this retreat a resounding success.

Tentative schedule
23 Sept, Monday
7:30: Breakfast
10: 00 am – 12:00 am Naadras session 1
12:00 – 1:00 pm lunch
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm Naadras session 2
6:30 – 7:30: Dinner

24 Sept, Tuesday
7:30: Breakfast
10: 00 am – 12:00 am Naadras session 3
12:00 – 1:00 pm lunch
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm Naadras session 4
6:30 – 7:30: Dinner

25 Sept, Wednesday
7:30: Breakfast
10: 00 am – 12:00 am Naadras session 5
12:00 – 1:00 pm lunch
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm Naadras session 6
6:00– 7:00: Dinner

26 Sept, Thursday
7:30: Breakfast
10: 00 am – 12:00 am Naadras session 7
12:00 – 1:00 pm lunch
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm Naadras session 8
6:00– 7:00: Dinner

A HIndustani Music recital
Special baithak session from 7:30 Pm to 8:30 Pm

27 Sept, Friday
7:30: Breakfast
10: 00 am – 12:00 am Naadras session 9
12:00 – 1:00 pm lunch
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm Naadras session 10
6:00– 7:00: Dinner

A HIndustani Music recital
special baithak session from 7:30 Pm to 8:30 Pm

28 Sept, Saturday
7:30: Breakfast
10: 00 am – 12:00 am Naadras session 11
12:00 – 1:00 pm lunch
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm Naadras session 12
6:00– 7:00: Dinner

A HIndustani Music recital
Special baithak session from 7:30 Pm to 8:30 Pm

29 Sept, Sunday
7:30: Breakfast
10: 00 am – 12:00 am Naadras session 13
12:00 – 1:00 pm lunch
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm Naadras session 14
6:00– 7:00: Dinner

A HIndustani Music recital
Special baithak session from 7:30 Pm to 8:30 Pm
Kindly note that the timings mentioned are tentative and subject to change. Participants will receive the exact and finalized schedule after submitting the forms.

Please take note that the announcement of the artist for the baithak will be made at a later date.

Apart from the baithak, we have planned several exciting sessions, which may include film screenings of documentaries on Indian classical music. These screenings will be followed by engaging discussions, tailored to the interests of the participants.

We will ensure that you have all the necessary information to plan and make the most of this workshop. Looking forward to having you with us for this incredible musical journey!

About Faculty

Naman has been associated with music; practicing, performing & teaching; for the past 16 years. He holds multiple degrees and diplomas from Ambedkar University, Delhi; Gandharva Mahavidyalaya; Indira Kala University and the University of Delhi. Completing his graduation & music diploma from one of the reputed music schools of Hindustani classical music, Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, New Delhi; where he got the blessings to learn from many different Gurus. His master’s degree is in Performance Study and his area of research was on the ‘pedagogy of music’. Naman has got the grateful opportunity to work with great musicians and with different colleges and institutions like IIT Bombay, Tibetian Institute of Performing Arts (TIPA), JSS Spiritual and Culture Center, Deer Park Institute, Bir; Sambhavana Institute, Svaram (Aurovillec. sharing his fruitful taste & cognizance about Hindustani Music vis-a-vis workshops, classes, and performances by bringing forth people from diverse age groups and cultural backgrounds and co-creating a space for mutual discovery, re-discovery, and exchange of musical experience.
More about Naman-

To register, please fill out the Google form provided below. Please note that registration is on a first-come-first-serve basis, so don’t miss out on securing your spot in this incredible 7-day journey of Hindustani classical music. The Google form will contain more detailed information, so kindly read it carefully to ensure you have all the necessary details for this enriching experience.

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Please note that this workshop is designed to be fully immersive, and attendance for all seven days is compulsory for participants. As there are limited spots available, registration will be based on a first-come, first-served basis. To secure your spot, kindly register with Google Forms.



Sep 23 - 29 2024


Deer Park Institute, Bir
Deer Park Institute