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Juan Carlos de E
Gharanas May 20, 2004 11:32 a.m.


I'm very inexpert yet in the sitar and I have more doubts that answers (although I think that this is a good way...).
I wonder what are the more important gharanas (is correct the word?) in sitar playing style. I think that one is represented by U. Vilayat Khan and other great players and other one by P. Nikkhil Banergee and P. Ravi Shankar among other important players. I know the difference between instruments and tuning, but, what are the more important differences between this styles or schools? Is the difference in the method of teaching, in the playing technique, in the repertoire, in the sound?
Are only this two schools themore developed and important on the sitar?
Is possible to become student, for example, of a teacher from one school and develop the technique for the other school in a future? For example, in classical guitar this cost many time of practice hard.

Thank you!
Juan Carlos

Re:Gharanas May 20, 2004 11:41 a.m.

Both are very important, just becomes a preference. I prefer the Imdhadkhani(gayaki) gharana. Nikhil Banerjee is really a bridge between the two. Apparently, he started to really listen to and get into Vilayat Khan and the gayaki approach.

Juan Carlos de E
Re:Gharanas May 25, 2004 11:07 a.m.

Thank you, the web has good information. But I have the doubt about the real differences, speaking in musical and technical concepts, between both gharanas.

Juan Carlos

Re:Gharanas May 25, 2004 12:48 p.m.

This topic interests me a great deal, as well......

What if one lost a steady teacher, does this mean you would have to relearn a great deal or face another's teacher's wrath from playing/doing things different from what you've already been taught by another?

Can it also create problems, such as not being able to find new teachers who would accept you, if you had become established in a particular style/school/gharana?

Do socio tensions exist between gharanas? (ie "my gharana's better than your gharana" ,etc)

There's so many of them anyways......this gets VERY confusing to me........


Re:Gharanas May 25, 2004 04:43 p.m.

Yes there is great deal of unspoken friction between
Gharana's the reason only god know's
I am getting traning under both the gharanas
and it really dosent affect me much....
yes things might change if you really hopp over from one gharana to another eg like fingering
but this are all very small things
It all comes down to...
Just get the instrument and start praticing and do the job in hand.....thats it really
Less talking more praticing ....
Jay M
Re:Gharanas May 25, 2004 04:57 p.m.

All you have to do is listen to Ravi Shankar and then Ustad Vilayat Khan to hear the differences in gharanas. Totally different approach, technique, phrasing etc...

But, I do think, since the world has gotten so much smaller that sitarists are exposed to all different styles and techniques and probably fuse them into their playing.

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