Music/Rhythm study in Kerala or elsewhere...

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Hello all,

I am a poet, looking to study Indian rhythms. I do know Indian music takes many dedicated years of study, so this is not expecting to become (even close) a master of Indian rhythm. Rather, I would like some advise of musicians of best places to seek out Indian musicians who may be willing to spend some time teaching music.

Intersted in drum, flute, singing. Does anyone have advice on how to seek a teacher for these things? I have Some experience with music, more with singing, speaking poetry to rhythm (type of hip hop)

Very much would love to connect with young Indian musicians making conscious, world music.... Very open to many suggestions...

Many blessings!
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First Big Decision: North or South?

Hindustani or Carnatic?
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If you answer "North" to the above question, and Varanasi is an option, I can hook you up there
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P.S. and if bansuri/Indian bamboo flute, is an interest (after viewing your profile), I have a a great teacher in Varanasi for you. Through the shop where I made contact with my bansuri guru, they have access to musicians/singers/etc of all kinds, all instruments.
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If you answer "North" to the above question,
Just realised I'd missed the in Kerala bit.

Looks like it's South, then, although Kerala is bound to have a tabla teacher or two. As well as classical, Carnatic music, Kerala has an absolute excess of dance and music forms, classical and folk. You could begin google and youtube searches for some of the more common Kerala drums like chenda, madalam, edukka...
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Wow! Thanks friends! I am, for many years since university, offline, so amazed at the quick reply! Thank you!!

South, yes. I believe, so far, I will be in Kerala state for january and february, but was planning to train north. Sounds like epic adventure, nor entirely sure what my heart is leading me to...
Varanasi is calling. I will be there at some point and, at the least would like to meet a musical teacher for few lessons over a number of weeks. Can you also tell me how it is to rent a small flat for a few weeks or easier to stay in a guest house?

I have little money so, very budget please.

Thank you all so much!
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The Kerala Tourism Department offers this helpful list on cultural and related training centers there: http://www.keralatourism.org/trainingcentres/.

That music shop in Varanasi that Darmabum above refers to, organizing classes and apparently some performances, is the Music Melody House.
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Thank you mach, yes, it is The Music Melody House, and they have access to teachers for all musical arts. During my last stay in Varanasi I stayed at the Tiwari Lodge, near Asi and equally near the music shop. The Tiwari is basic, but so clean and nicely managed and owned by Raju and his wife, Rama. Many people - like myself - who stay for long periods in Varanasi stay there, and many of them are musicians. Both the music shop and the Tiwari have my two Thumb's Up. One very nice thing about the Tiwari is that Raju will get a propane tank for you, to cook in your own room, thus saving money.
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How do I find the Tiwari lodge once I arrive? Should I bring a small camp stove, or is there some sort there?

Thanks so much for the helpful tips! So fresh to traveling India, this is amazingly helpful.
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Leave your stove at home . . . Raju will provide you with one . . . Get a rickshaw to Asi Ghat. Just at the final turn (a sharp left hand turn) to the river, sits the Tiwari. Right across the street from the Haifa and Divvya . . . Haifa and Divvya will be on your right if coming from the center of town/train station . . .

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