Entering the World of Raga
Self-paced online course available this fall.
Price: $75; $67.50 (Friends Pricing)
Course registration will open in the fall of 2023. Watch here for course opening date.
Hindustani music is one of the world’s greatest artistic traditions. Listeners everywhere are drawn to its hypnotic melodies, intricate rhythms, and emotional profundity.
Entering The World Of Raga focuses primarily on the vocal genre known as khyal, whose structures and forms are used in all other forms of Hindustani classical music. Built around a series of lecture-demonstrations given at the Aga Khan Museum in 2022 by a leading educator in the field, the course includes dozens of musical examples, readings, anecdotes, video illustrations, and guest experts — all coming together to create a fascinating exploration of musical structure and beauty, introducing important concepts in a friendly and informal format.
If this is your first foray into Hindustani music, prepare to discover a whole new world of enchanting sounds. And if you are already a seasoned listener, you will experience deeper analyses and exploration of the music you know and love.
This course was created in partnership with Raga-Mala Toronto and the Aga Khan Museum. Raag-Mala Toronto is an organization that seamlessly integrates the essence of Indian Classical Music into the cultural tapestry of Canada. Since its inception in 1981, their mission has been to promote and preserve this genre through high-quality performances by renowned artists, enlightening lecture-demonstrations, and a strong online presence. With an impressive 43-year legacy of uninterrupted programming, Raag-Mala Toronto operates with a dedicated board, supported by passionate volunteers, individual donors, and funding from the Ontario Arts Council. Together, they continue to share the enchantment of Indian Classical Music with audiences throughout Canada.
Course Presenter Bio
Warren Senders is a faculty member of the New England Conservatory of Music, and a khyaliya of the Gwalior, Agra, and Jaipur gharanas. He began studying Hindustani music in 1977, and in 1985 became a disciple of the Pune-based master teacher, Pt. S.G. Devasthali, who gave him daily taleem (training) for many years. Mr. Senders gave his professional debut as a khyal singer in New Delhi in 1990, and since then has won acclaim from critics and audiences all over the world for his authentic, heartfelt, and virtuosic performances. A dedicated teacher, his lecture-demonstrations and classes have introduced thousands of listeners to the riches of Hindustani music.
Presented in partnership with the Raag-Mala Music Society of Toronto