Hindustani classical music teachers in USA

#1 Jun 13th, 2015, 00:32
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Does anybody have any conclusive information about the Hindustani classical music classes offered in the USA.
I know Pandit Swapan Choudhury lives in CA and offers classes to adult students.
Also heard of other renowned teachers spending months here and offer classes etc. Hoping to be able to put together the information which I believe is not publicly available to the enthusiasts living in US.
#2 Jun 13th, 2015, 01:58
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The Ali Akbar College of Music in San Rafael is one of the oldest and well-known schools.

Ravi Shankar ji lived in LA for most of his later career and life and had a music school there, I would think it still continues. There is a documentary with him where he and his wife walk through the construction of his extended house and school... well worth watching.

The latest influx of Indian tech gurus into the USA has brought with it many middle-class families where the kids are actively involved with classical music and dance. (Unlike the Indian diaspora in the UK, where Bollywood is seen as high Indian culture, sigh.)

Does it have to be about Hindustani? I am a great fan of http://www.swaralahari.org/, which runs a community TV program with lots of professional and non-professional musicians - but mostly Carnatic music.

All this is California, but I've always heard of Chicago and NY as also having a great ICM scene...
#3 Jun 13th, 2015, 03:08
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Whatever little I have listened to thus far most of that is from the North Indian ragas but am not sure if its incorrect to call all ragas of the land as 'Hindustani'.

In Chicago there are many local teachers who are good to start with.
Then there is a difference between the good and the great. And the greats normally dont train the kids ...
Now the difference between your Sadh (desire) and Sadhya (ability)defines the middle-class ....

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