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rg
sitar teacher question Jan 09, 2004 05:06 p.m.


I have found a teacher in Westlake Ohio - about 300 miles from where I live. Her name is Hasu Patel a disciple of Ustad Vilayat Khan Saheb. Does anyone know anything about her. According to her bio she plays in the Gayaki Ang style - I am trying to work out the logistics and would appreciate any advice anyone could give me.
Matt
Re:sitar teacher question Jan 09, 2004 06:14 p.m.


Congrats rg!

I know I've seen a few posts on this forum mentioning your teacher's name - might want to do a search.

Lars
Re:sitar teacher question Jan 09, 2004 08:58 p.m.


RG,
I've heard a lot of nice comments about her from musicians in India and other friends... I believe also someone who frequents the board studies with her but I forgot who it was....
Gayaki Ang means 'vocal style' which is a term used by that particular school of playing although it's certainly not an exclusive thing.. They often use the Vilayat Khan style sitar with simple decorations and no top tumba (gourd). Also the tendency is to have the jawari closed...
Listen to artists like Vilayat Khan, Shahid Parvez, Shujaat Khan, Budaditya Mukerjee, etc. to get an idea of the style.....if that is the style you would like to learn I think she would be a very good choice. Have fun!
Lars
Neal
Re:sitar teacher question Jan 09, 2004 09:17 p.m.


Hasu also has MP3's on her web-site that you can hear her play from her CD's. Google her name, it'll take you to her website to hear her .

Neal

PS I wonder what type of sitar she plays. it's a strange red color.

pb
Re:sitar teacher question Jan 09, 2004 11:11 p.m.


Hey Lars,
the pic on her web site shows her playing the double tomba sitar! I was very surprised.
http://www.rhythmsoftheglobe.com/gr/mu_ar_HasuPatel.htm
Good for her.

Pb


Lars (Jan 09, 2004 08:58 p.m.):
RG,
I've heard a lot of nice comments about her from musicians in India and other friends... I believe also someone who frequents the board studies with her but I forgot who it was....
Gayaki Ang means 'vocal style' which is a term used by that particular school of playing although it's certainly not an exclusive thing.. They often use the Vilayat Khan style sitar with simple decorations and no top tumba (gourd). Also the tendency is to have the jawari closed...
Listen to artists like Vilayat Khan, Shahid Parvez, Shujaat Khan, Budaditya Mukerjee, etc. to get an idea of the style.....if that is the style you would like to learn I think she would be a very good choice. Have fun!
rg
Re:sitar teacher question Jan 10, 2004 03:34 p.m.



Lars (Jan 09, 2004 08:58 p.m.):
RG,
I've heard a lot of nice comments about her from musicians in India and other friends... I believe also someone who frequents the board studies with her but I forgot who it was....
Gayaki Ang means 'vocal style' which is a term used by that particular school of playing although it's certainly not an exclusive thing.. They often use the Vilayat Khan style sitar with simple decorations and no top tumba (gourd). Also the tendency is to have the jawari closed...
Listen to artists like Vilayat Khan, Shahid Parvez, Shujaat Khan, Budaditya Mukerjee, etc. to get an idea of the style.....if that is the style you would like to learn I think she would be a very good choice. Have fun!

Thanks for the help again Lars,
few more questions - I got your e-mail and have not forgotten it - I met a guy from Lousiville who is moving to Deleware - he will be coming over to my place sometime monday or tuesday - and has said he would take a look at my sitar. If it is still not fixed after he leaves I will be sending to you or going to a store in Cincinatti, OH -
I wanted to thank you again - you have always been helpful with me - thanks
Rob

Lars
Re:sitar teacher question Jan 10, 2004 04:06 p.m.


Hi Rob, you're quite welcome....good luck with all of it, everything will come together!
Is that Stephen that's coming over? He should be able to help you.....
Lars
Keshav Das
Double Toomba Jan 14, 2004 12:17 p.m.


Hey Lars,
the pic on her web site shows her playing the double tomba sitar! I was very surprised.
http://www.rhythmsoftheglobe.com/gr/mu_ar_HasuPatel.htm

I was in touch with Hasu-ji a few weeks ago and asked her about the sitar in the photo. It was a gift from her original teacher in Baroda. The maker and her first teacher I believe are both now disceased. Since being accepted by Vilayat Khan as a shishya, she always plays a VK style sitar in concert to honor Khan Sahib, as her current Guru.
Cheers
K

Bob
Re:sitar teacher question Jan 15, 2004 12:38 p.m.


I have taken several lessons from Hasu-ji. It's a four-hour drive from where I live, but I have found it very worthwhile and I will continue to study with her. I saw her play a concert last fall and was very impressed.
Sangeeta
Re:sitar teacher question Jan 15, 2004 01:07 p.m.


Hi rg

Good luck for your lessons - it is very important to take regular lessons. If a long drive is going to stop you from going once a week then take some lessons over phone.

Some day I want to try using webcam to take lesson. For that you need to have a tech savy teacher as well. Has any one tried it? Does it work?

Remco
Re:sitar teacher question Jan 15, 2004 05:45 p.m.


I've tried to talk my teacher into internet-teaching, but she thinks it's too much work. I thought of maybe a website where people could get info on the lessons and how to contact her. I offered to record the lessons and set up a way to send the lessons to students after they 've paid (with Paypal). Her main point was she couldn't hear the students; wether they learn the pieces correct and understood the background/theory. She's got a new webadress btw:
http://www.school-of-indian-arts.tk/
Not for internerlessons though
Because of the distance I travel to Amsterdam every other week (and sometimes take a longer lesson}, but I agree regular lessons are vital. It's surprising how difficult it is relearn somthing when learned a piece wrong.

Peace,

Remco

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