Pranayama (प्राणायाम) is the foundational practice in the path of Yoga (योग). It is composed of two distinct words: Pran (प्राण), which means life force and ayama (आयाम), roughly translated to extend. Using techniques evolved by ancient Indian sages, pranayama is a journey of the self to master the various life processes that operate in the body and in this way, gain health, vitality, knowledge, wisdom and freedom. In this course, you will learn about the various types of pranayamas and the correct way of practising these. Be sure to follow instructions to the last letter as incorrect practice and understanding can be seriously counterproductive.
Shri Anand Lahiri is a renowned Tabla player from the Benares gharana who gained his mastery under the tutelege of the great Pandit Kishan Maharaj. In this exposition on Teental he takes us through one of the most popular taals in Hindustani classical music and discusses its various rhythmical patterns.
We move gradually from the basic tenets of Carnatic vocals towards learning alankaras and geethams to build a solid foundation for more elaborate exercises later.
Kashmir Shaivism is the essence of Tāntric thought. Tāntrism developed around the 4th or 5th century CE as a powerful religious current and gave a new dimension and direction to India’s medieval religious culture and spiritual life. This was a period when numerous Shaiva cults belonging to different preceptorial lines were flourishing in Kashmir, and Kashmir came to be known as a great centre of Tāntric thought and practice. Scholars divide the entire medieval Shaiva tradition into two main streams – the pre-Tāntric Atimārga or the Outer Path, and the Tantric Mantramārga or the Path of Mantra.
Learn Ragas is a musical insight into certain important and typical ragas of Carnatic Classical Music. Charulatha Mani, popular Carnatic Vocalist is acknowledged world over as an expert on Ragas. In this video in her own lively and melodious style she outlines the salient features of the raga with the right grammar to put learners on the right track, shares with us well-known compositions in the raga as well as presents a piece in full to bring out the complete joy in this effort.
The Carnatic equivalent of the Hindustani Tarana, a Thillana is usually performed at the end of a concert and owing to its fast paced rythm, leaves the audience on a high note. Thillanas are also sung along classical dance performances. In this course, the legendary Carnatic vocalist, Dr Balamuralikrishna, briefly talks about how Tillanas came about and evolved before proceeding to teach two of his self composed Tillanas.
Arthritis is a disorder of the joints in the body that manifests as inflammation of certain joints, causing pain that is sometimes excruciating. Most common forms of arthritis are osteo-arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis or septic arthritis. Whatever the form of arthritis, Yoga offers a way to deal with the causes and symptoms. Regular practice of Yoga helps in setting right auto-immune disorders that cause arthritis, reduces inflammation in joints and also enhances our ability to tolerate pain, making it a comprehensive approach of self healing rather than a conventional arthritis treatment that makes one dependent on ant-inflammatory drugs. This Yoga for arthritis course is very useful for anyone suffering from arthritis in hands or knee or any other part of the body as long as one practices it regularly.
This course gives an overview of the various discoveries in astronomy by observers of the sky in ancient India. From the heliocentric model, which Indian astronomers had noticed thousands of years back to the establishment of nakshatras from the milky way as well as calendar construction. The earliest text on astronomy available today is the Vedanga Jyotisha that came towards the end of the pre-Siddhantic period.
Mandolin is a western instrument, which like the violin, has evolved as a powerful medium for playing Carnatic music. In this course, UP Raju, a gifted Mandolin artist, teaches the basic techniques associated with the art of rendering Carnatic tunes on the instrument. Starting with the tuning, sitting posture and other fundamentals, he focusses on the technique to play 'Gamakas' in the most authentic way possible and ends with an enthralling demonstration of a concert pattern.
Mrindangam is an ancient percussion istrument of South India. It forms the primary accompaniment as the rhythem element of a carnatic music ensemble. The word 'mridangam' is derived from the Sanskrit words Mrid and Angam - Mrid meaning 'clay' and Angam meaning 'body'. Sri N.Ramakrishna is this course takes you through the various facets of a Mridangam, highlighting playing styles, fingering techniques and giving musical lessons to help get the beginner started.
Delving further into Bharatanatyam, this intermediate course covers the Jathis & Varnam that form an integral part of your progress towards mastering the art.
Advaita Vedanta is the knowledge of reality of self. In the vision of Vedanta, the relationship of the individual with the universe, as also the cause of the universe, is that of undivided oneness. This course is an introduction to the knowledge of this reality. The Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita and the Brahma Sutras, analyzed and explained by Adi Shankaracharya, are its foundational texts. The knowledge is brought down to us through an unbroken chain of teachers and students and the effort is to present it maintaining the sanctity of this long-preserved tradition.
Ghatam is an earthenware pot which is the oldest percussion instrument used in Carnatic Music. It is different from ordinary mud pots and is made up of a special type of baked clay mixed with copper, iron or brass fillings. The mouth of the Ghatam is open and is played with both hands, wrists as well as nails.
Ayurveda's development was the result of natural progression from the Atharvaveda which preceded it by more than a millenia. It kept the textual knowledge of medicinal plants, bodily functions, structure of the body while also incorporating certain foreign inlfuences. Charaka is credited for developing the systemized character of Ayurveda and also making it free from some of the ritualistic practices of Atharvaveda
Kashmir Shaivism is a theological and philosophical system that has its roots in the Tantric worldview. Some scholars now prefer to call it non-dual Shaivism of Kashmir while others prefer Trika Shastra or Trika Shaivism as its name. It emerged from the numerous cults of Tantric Shaivism, preceptorial lines and Shaivagamic textual traditions that evolved, developed and flourished in Kashmir from as early as the 5th century CE.
Like many Indian instruments, there are many interesting myths and legends about the origin of the Tabla. Some say that it evolved from the dholak and pakhawaj while others cite the 13th century Sufi poet Amir Khusru as the inventor of the instrument. It is the foremost rhythmic element in Hindustani music. In this beginners course for tabla, the history, essential elements and playing techniques are discussed a length for a well rounded introduction.
Diabetes of any type is an extremely difficult disease to manage and needs a holistic approach to treatment. Yoga doesn't just help maintain the right sugar levels but also strengthens other organs that may be at risk due to high sugar. Yoga reduces stress and balances the metabolic, autonomic and endocrine functions. The regular practice of Yoga helps reduce insulin resistance and improves the glucose utilization and response to a glucose load. Yoga can thus help in the prevention and control of Diabetes and may prevent many of its deadly complications.This course deals with the various practices in Gitananda Yoga tradition that can help in correcting health problems faced by diabetic patients.
This course takes a look at some of the technological developments in ancient India and how it impacted the world around it. A lot of scientific know-how from that period has either been expunged from history or due credit hasn't been given to the originators. Various vedic texts are also referred that highlight the marvel of technology in the Indian sub-continent and how it progressed across millennia.
The Violin is the most common among the bowed instruments. The word Violin comes from the latin word "Vitula" meaning "stringed instrument". It is supposed to be the king of all musical instruments because of its rich tonal quality soothing sound and its simple structural form. The violin was the first western instrument to be absorbed completely ino Indian music. It occupies a very important place in the stage of Indian music.
The philosophical concept of Ayurveda made it more than just a symptomatic form of medicine due to its holisitc approach. Unlike other forms of medicine, it took into account the psychological, inherent and cosmic nature of man before developing a potent mixture for him. A practioner was not considered astute unless he had knoweldge of the prevalent philosophical systems.
The Sitar is one of the most popular melody instruments in Hindustani Classical music and is a part of the family of long neck lutes. Because of its versatility it is used in other genres of music such as western fusion music, film music and is gaining more acceptance in Carnatic music due to more collaborative projects with Hindustani music. This course helps a beginner with hardly any background in the Sitar to understand its various elements and forms a solid base to continue further.
Continuing from where he ended in the elementary course, Dr Deshpande teaches the nuances of khayal gayaki, gharana gayaki and paltas, while introducing more advanced exercises to further hone the vocal range of students.
This course deals with how the Buddha is inextricably linked with Hinduism and was just one in a long line of gurus that the dharmic faith produced. Buddhism was discovered by Orientalists outside of India which is why Gautama Buddha is thought of as a revolutionary religious leader with no ties to any previous school of thought. Buddha's philosophy was shaped by the scriptures and so too were the meditative practices that he learned at the feet of several rishis, who were invariably Hindus. Due to Buddhism's disappearance and its development outside of India, the connection with its roots is either unknown or neglected.
This is an introductory course in Carnatic music or the South Indian classical music which can be traced back to the age of the Vedas. The word "Carnatic" means traditional or ancient. Carnatic music is based on a 22 scale note (swaras) in contrast to the 12 note scale that is used in western classical music. A unique combination of these notes or swaras as they are said, evolve into separate ragas. Thus in Carnatic music, the raga connotes a mood or a route in which the music is supposed to travel. Different combinations of the notes give rise to different ragas. As this course deals with fundamental aspects of Carnatic music, any beginner can take it up and build their understanding in a thorough manner.
The tabla is a percussion instrument that finds its home and origin in the North Indian Hindustani classical music with the earliest depiction of the tabla has been found in the carvings in Bhaja Caves in the state of Maharashtra.. The instrument consists of a pair of drums of contrasting sizes and tonalities. In this course, Udayraj Karpur, one of the finest percussive instrumentalists of the country, explains the basic concepts of Indian rythm and then demonstrates how these concepts are applied to the Tabla. With its stress on technique, this course is a good starting point on the journey to learn this fine instrument.
Indian psychology has a consciousness driven approach that emphasizes on the first person perspective. It's practical outlook promotes self understanding instead of an outsider looking in to provide a panacea for the masses. Hence this subjectiveness which is essentially derived from the yoga school of thought encourages the reflection of one's consciousness in our actions for the ultimate aim to achieve moksha.
Dhyana or meditation is a higher state of Yoga that may be attained only after the practitioner has prepared themselves in a step by step manner Meditation is a way to unite with our Supreme nature and maybe defined as fixing the mind on the Supreme with devotion and discipline. It is the seventh of the 8th steps in the Ashtanga Yoga of Patanjali and is part of the Antaranga or inner steps of Yoga. Meditation in a transcendental state, where if there is awareness, it is awareness of awareness itself, a state beyond the mind. How to meditate is a common question we ask ourselves or look answers for online only to be confronted with technical terms such as Kundalini Yoga, Mindfulness meditation and Vipassana along with all sorts of yoga videos. This course introduces you to simple meditation techniques that initiate you on the path of discovering yourself and is a sort of gateway to the world of meditation and sadhna.
The pelvic region of the human body is the home of the Muladhara Chakra and is the storehouse of our Kundalini Shakti. It is our center of gravity that provides a stable foundation for our physical as well as the subtle body. Being the nodal point that it is, the pelvic region is prone to imbalances of energy that lead to menstrual, reproductive, urinary, bowel and other disorders. Any problem with the pelvic region leads to serious repercussions for our overall wellbeing. This course will shed light on practices that help to energize and relax this area, to heal and normalize the imbalances that occur more often than we imagine, leading to a quantum leap in our sense of wellbeing.
Even after 70 years of independence of the Indian republic, the shadow of colonialism looms large. Governments through the years still tend to blame every ill affecting Indians squarely on the British which in turn has made them interiorize it. Without doubt till a decade or two after freedom when India was reorganising, the colonisers were culpable, but the need to move on and build on the great legacy that Indians have inherited is the need of the hour. This course identifies the impact of colonial policy masterminded by British, the direction it has moved along after independence and the measures Indians need to incorporate to rid themselves of this hangover.
This course is directed at helping people with sleep disorders such as insomnia or sleep apnea. Through Gitananda Yoga there are various Asanas and Pranayam techniques that help people suffering from such disorders. Most of these are either caused or aggravated by stress and the regular practice of Yoga helps in reducing stress levels, thus producing a state of peaceful harmony at all levels of existence.
The flute or bansuri stands for bans(bamboo) & suri(melody) in sanskrit. In this course Pandit Rupak Kulkarni who is the student of India's most renowned flutist, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, introduces us to the fundamental features and techniques of the flute. He has mastered his art from the Maihar Gharana and has brought the flute into the mainstream of Hindustani classical music.
This course throws light on the traditional system of education in India, drawing from sources of the Vedic, Buddhist and pre-colonial periods. It shows how India was a society deeply invested in creation, preservation and spread of knowledge that ranged from mundane and materialistic to philosophical and spiritual. This course is for anyone who wants to understand the current crisis in education in India from the perspective of history.
Jhaptal is one of the most prominent 10 beat taals in Hindustani classical music. It has a very rich history in semicalssical music as well being present in bhajan, Rabindra sangeet and kheyal forms of music. Shri Anand Lahiri from the Benares gharana performs Jhaptal in this course and overs the nuances of unsymmetrical structured taal which gives wider scope to experiment.
This course covers a broad range of topics and instances from the Upanishads to texts such as the Arthshastra that offer guidelines on the role of ethics in the life of an Indian. The viewpoints and day to day actions of many individuals from India's past & present is also mentioned to highlight the actual practice of such traditional values.
Starting from the origins of hindustani music to a brief explanation of the gharana system, Dr Deshpande starts with teaching the Indian vocalist's approach to tuning, posture and voice culture and then moves on to explore the building blocks of music, the svaras. Further, he introduces the student to basic exercises of the vocal chords, a bhajan (devotional song) in Raag Bhairavi and concludes with a demonstration of a typical concert pattern in Raag Bhairav (vilambit khayal in tilvada taal). This course is for anyone interested in learning the basics of Hindustani Classical Sangeet and for those wanting to enrich their singing style with elements of Hindustani music.
The Tabla is a drum that is most closely associated with Hindustani shastriya sangeet from North India. The tabla evolved to its current form from the ancient double-headed drum, the Pakhawaj and the essential elements of the knowledge of playing the instrument dates back to as far as 4000 years ago. In this course, Anand Ramanujam, one of the senior disciples of the legendary Ustad Allah Rakha, makes learning the Tabla very simple and interesting, with complete focus on fundamental concepts and techniques.
After one has sufficiently mastered the Beginner portion of the Bharatanatyam course, one can move on to other techniques mentioned in this Basic course. This course elucidates movements such as the Adavus(Jumps), Rasas, Bedhas(Head and feet movements), Padam and Javali to take another stride towards being proficient in this classical art form.
The sitar is one of the most popular instruments in Hindustani shashtriya sangeet and is a versatile instrument. Its ability to producs a deeply emotive tone that is very close to the human voice with agility and liveliness has made a very sought after instrument. In this course the artist Sri B.Siva Ramakrishna Rao who is the disciple of the late Ustad Ahmed Hussain Khan presents the various aspects of a Sitar from a very basic level, though very necessary to form a solid base. Sri Rao delves into the Sitar's history, its parts, lessons amongst other things to give you a comprehensive outlook.
The Buddhist influence on Ayurveda initiated a change in the practice of medicine, not so much in the theory medicine but in the disappearance of many mantras and rituals. This was because of the influence of Buddhism which was the dominant religion in India during those 1000 years from its inception to around the middle of the first millenium CE.
Veena is an ancient string instrument whose origins according to mythology, lies in the Vedas. It is one of the primary instruments from which the Sitar came into being. As the Mridangam is the essential part of the rhythmic portion of Carnatic music, the Veena is as important for the melodic portion. In this course, Gayathri V introduces the instrument and in a step by step manner and teaches us about it's various facets and musical patterns.
This is an introductory course to get acquainted with the fundamentals of one of the most popular classical dance forms of India, Kathak. The name Kathak is derived from the Sanskrit word katha meaning story, and katthaka in Sanskrit means he who tells a story, or to do with stories. The name of the form is properly कत्थक katthak, with the geminated dental to show a derived form, but this has since simplified to modern-day कथक kathak. kathaa kahe so kathak is a saying many teachers pass on to their pupils, which is generally translated, she/he who tells a story, is a kathak', but which can also be translated, 'that which tells a story, that is 'Kathak'. This course is for those who are casually aquainted with the dance form or not aquainted at all. After this course, they can pursue the more advanced courses on Pragyata or hit the ground running at a dance school nearby.
The Vedic period is often called as the golden age of Indic civilization, and for good reason. The time period of the Vedic era is debatable, but there is no doubt regarding the influence it still has on the Indian sub continent, be it in spirituality, culture, language as described in the Vedas. With the passage of time, a lot of the wisdom from that age has either been lost or misinterpreted. This course hopes to highlight some of those teachings passed on by the sages of a bygone era which we can hope to incorporate in our present lives.
Yogic pratices help balance the autonomic nervous system, reduce stress, improve cardiac function and correct the blood lipid profile, thus creating a healthy cardiovascular system. Yoga can help in the prevention and control of hypertension while also help avoid many of its deadly complications.
Bharatanatyam being the oldest and purest form of Indian classical dance is a combination of music, expression and rhythm. The two facets of Indian dance, the Tandava(vigourous) and the Lasya( gentle), blend beautifully in Bharatanatyam. It encompasses all the elements of dance, dramaand spiritually elevates the audience. Bharatanatyam is poetry in motion and all the cognate elements of Bhava, Raga and Tala reveal themselves as all in one.
This course consists of advanced postures and techniques. Teermana Korvais, Yatis & Ananda Tandavam, Tillana & Kavadi are the steps discussed in this course. A variety of movements at different speeds and rhythms are performed for an experienced Bharatanatyam practioner
A classical dance form originating from Kerala in southern India, Mohiniyattam devotes itself to articulating the leela of Vishnu in his Mohini (enchantress) avatar. Like various other dance forms of the subcontinent, Mohiniyattam emerged as a devotional performing art of the temples before gradually spreading far and wide. In this course, Gopika Varma, one of the finest dancers in India, teaches the basic concepts, techniques and subtleties of this enchanting classical dance form. This course is for anyone interested in making a start in learning or even just developing basic appreciation of Mohinyattam.