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Playing Sitar

LifePage Career Talk on Playing Sitar

By Agni Verma
[Sitarist in Mussoorie International School]

The sitar is a plucked stringed instrument used in Hindustani classical music. The instrument is believed to have been derived from the veena. It became popular through the works of Pandit Ravi Shankar.


Agni Verma



Agni Verma is an internationally renowned Sitarist who has played in many National and International Music conferences and festivals. He has been learning and playing Sitar for over 33 years and is currently teaching music at the Musoorie International School. His name is in the Guinness Book of World Records for playing Sitar non-stop for 60 hours. He is a graded artist of All India Radio and a recipient of the President Award, Surmani award, Prayag Gaurav award and Uttarakhand Ratan. Recently, he founded the Tapkeshwar Sangit Samaroh in Dehradun and has ventured into Music Therapy.

[This Career Talk covers]
  What Is:
     1) Playing Sitar  
  Education:
     2) Indian Classical Music  
     3) Vocal Music  
     4) Musical Instrument  
     5) Knowledge of Gharanas  
     6) Knowledge of Sitars  
  Skills:
     7) Listening to Ragas  
     8) Training & Practice  
     9) Rhythm  
     10) Musical Observation  
     11) Creativity  
  Positives:
     12) Unique Field  
     13) Respect & Recognition  
     14) Healing Impact  
  Challenges:
     15) Patience  
     16) Long Gestation for Monetary Security  
     17) Initial Struggle  
  A Day Of:
     18) Playing Sitar  




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