Plainsboro, South Brunswick, Princeton NJ, 08536
Instruments:World Music

Styles:Classical, World
Levels:Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Experience:10 years
Rate:$40 / hr

Personal Statement

Following 3 approaches and methodologies are offered with theory and practicals in teaching the Santoor. Students can choose to learn as per their personal interest and goal.

01. Curriculum based learning for Akhil Bharatiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya Mandal examinations held in USA. Akhil Bharatiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya is a renowned Music Institute with centers all around the world. After having completed this course successfully, students can attain their degree in Hindustani Classical Music-Instrumental Category.

02. Learning practicals and theory step by step based on the students aptitude and pace in Hindustani Classical Music.

03. Learning selected ragas by students (mainly by adults who have some prior knowledge in Hindustani Classical Music).

Regardless of the student’s musical background, they will be systematically guided, musically uplifted and enriched. With dedication, patience and perseverance, this soul stirring instrument can be brought alive and played by all.

Education / Training

Gifted as a vocalist and an instrumentalist (santoor), Deepal has been honored by highly recognized awards at State level from the University of Mumbai, as well as certificate of excellence from several renowned cultural organizations in India and USA.

Acclaimed as a Sangeet Visharad from Bhatkhande University via Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan (Mumbai), Deepal has been pursuing the santoor since the past 20 years from her guruji, Shri Dinesh Sampat. With the blessings of her guruji, she pursues the santoor with a style evolved out of gayaki (vocal), gatkari (instrumental technique) and layakari (rhythmic improvisation).

Her raga renderings on the santoor have a consistent clarity of tone & vigor. The style of music compositions have been passed on from her guruji through Maihar gharana. Her solid foundation in hindustani classical music also brings soulful emotions on the santoor with melodious patterns and gats. She underwent vocal training during her sangeet visharad from Smt. Shashikala Kaikini and thereafter under Smt. Mitali Banerjee Bhawmik. She also attained the NJ Folk Art Apprenticeship Award in the State of NJ under the guidance of Smt. Mitali Banerjee Bhawmik.

Deepal Chodhari