Potential

The USPs of Aana’s and Amit’s NAAD Teaching Program are:

  1. authentic, based on traditional theory and practice
  2. profound experience in singing and teaching
  3. well explained with an understanding for both cultures
  4. complete teaching system with meditation, breathing and singing exercises
  5. innovative digital teaching methods as well as face to face teaching

Amit stems from a traditional family of musicians from North India and represents this performing and teaching tradition. He possesses a rare richness of experience, including vocal and percussion skills and Pranayam Yoga. As a brahmin son he was also ordained and practiced as a Hindu priest. Aana on the other hand has the capacity to build the bridge between the two worlds of India and the western hemisphere. She is able to explain Dhrupadmusic in a very clear and profound way, as she herself experienced all stages of learning as a westerner! She is able to use her analytical and conceptual skills to create new methods and compositions.

The potential of the NAAD Teaching Program is:

  • Learning takes place through listening. This allows the mind to fully engage in listening and the sound experience.
  • Increased demand on concentration and vocal cords by combining the individual notes. In contrast to Western music, not only the pitch and length of the notes are determined, but also the “personality” of the notes and their connection.
  • The creation of long stable tones relax and vitalize and allow a precise observation of the body. Body awareness is trained.
  • Clarity and a holistic effect of the music through the channelling through tanpura and singing.
  • SARGAM sound designations similar to the DO RE MI as in the West help with note recognition
  • Variable basic note SA allows singing in the ideal pitch
  • Improved breathing technique enhances the vital energy
  • Voice training and tongue yoga through various voice techniques and pronunciation techniques that are not available in Western singing classes.
  • Voice training promotes not only the voice but also linguistic expression and self-confidence.
  • Unique rhythmic and beat system with symbolic language
  • Improvisation in melody and rhythm with structured exercises and free singing promote creativity, intuition, motivation, self-expression and cognitive abilities.
  • Harmonious and very varied tone systems bring you into harmony with nature and its universal patterns of life.
  • The breath is the main medium for singing and connects the body and the mind. Body and mind become harmonized.
  • Much subtler tone nuances than in the west sharpen the listeners hearing: 22 microtones instead of 12 semitones. This results in many more subtle timbres, expanding the spectrum of hearing and thus the perception and processing of information in general.
  • High frequencies and overtones of the vocals and tanpura are particularly effective on the middle ear and nervous system and promote a deep, precise and active hearing and intuition and insight
  • High frequencies and overtones of the vocals and tanpura are particularly effective on the middle ear and nervous system and promote a deep, precise and active hearing and intuition and insight
  • A Dhrupad performance requires a very clear mental structure from the singer. This is how analytical and orderly skills are promoted.
  • Emotions are lived out, supressed and unexpressed emotions are released
  • Very relaxing and at the same time energetic music through the flowing melody, fertile rhythms, gradually introduced tonal system, logic and variations in improvisation and the sound-bed of the tanpura
  • Through subtlety and the required mindfulness one can immerse one’s thinking in the essence of sounds, intervals and rhythms, etc. and meditate through them