Nerkunam Dr. S. Sankar is one of the well-known kanjira artists in the field of Carnatic music. He started playing kanjira at the age of 12; he is the last and prime disciple of kanjira Maestro Sri G. Harishankar from whom he learned by gurukulavasam (living & studying with his teacher). He traveled far and wide with his Guru Harishankar. N.S. Sankar started his initial training in Carnatic percussion from Sri P. T. Subramaniam and Sri Shrivanchiyam K. Gopalan. He was born on June 10, 1979 to Shri K. Suriyanarayanan & S. Vasantha in the native Nerkunam village in Tamil Nadu, southern India and later settled in Chennai for his studies and also for music. He is an ‘A’ Grade artist in the All India Radio for kanjira. He has earned M. A. (Rhythmology) , M. Phil degree from the Department of Indian Music of the University of Madras. He has also earned Ph.D in music at QMC Chennai. He started an organization called KALAIMAMANI G. HARISHANKAR ADMIRER'S CIRCLE TRUST after the demise of his guru G. Harishankar for which he is the Convener & Secretary. Every year in the month of February, he organizes a Remembrance Day to G. Harishankar. On that occasion, we are honoring a senior musician with the award called G. Harishankar Memorial Award. He has a wealth of experience accompanying great musicians including, Madurai Sri T. N. Seshagopalan, Sri T. V. Sankaranarayanan, Kadri Gopalnath, Sri O. S. Thyagarajan, Naively Sri Santhanagopalan, Sri Sanjay Subramaniam, Sri T. M. Krishna,Smt SudhaRagunathan, Smt Bombay Jayasri, Sri Ashok Ramani, Smt. Nithyasri mahadevan, Dr. Sri T. K. Murthy, Trichy Shankaran, Guruvayur Sri Dorai, Sri Srimushnam Rajarao, Mannargudi Sri Eshwaran, Thiruvarur Sri Bhakthavatsalam among many others.
This course will provide a great head start to Indian Percussion and the basic lessons in playing this unique instrument. This well-structured course consists of around 10 modules that educates students about the fundamentals of Indian carnatic percussion and trains the students in playing complete Aadhi Thalam lessons on the Kanjira. On completion, students will have a good understanding of the Indian rhythm system and will be ready to play a simple solo in Aadhi thalam on the Kanjira..
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