Sitar lessons at The Academy are steeped in the rich and ancient traditions of India. Our teaching methods have been innovatively adapted for the modern world—they make the most of the newest technology and limited time while upholding the spirit of how Indian Classical Music has been taught and learned for centuries. For more information about our teaching techniques and philosophy for sitar lessons, please visit our Sitar Lessons page.
We strive to produce more than mere students, but performers in their own right, capable of disseminating the heritage embodied in Ustadji's life and music around the world. At the very heart of the traditions we uphold is the ever-evolving relationship between the Ustad (Guru) and the shagird (shishya, student). The Academy fosters this relationship through our innovative sitar lessons as the musical brilliance and spiritual pulse of the classical raag is lost without it. Ustadji nurtures this relationship with every student at the Academy—from the beginner to the most advanced—with a subtle combination of pedagogical foresight, humor and human kindness that turns the rigors of taking sitar lessons into sheer delight.
Cost per Lesson : USD $100 / €80 EURO
As a student who usually sees Ustadji in person whenever he is in town, I didn’t think I’d even need skype lessons, much less have the opportunity to try them. But then, I happened to be in India for two months, during which time Ustadji was in the US! I set up a skype lesson, and even with a lousy 2g connection to the internet, I was able to have a great lesson! I highly recommend skype lessons – besides the fact that they mean quality, one-on-one instruction with one of the greatest living sitar players, they are a great way to stay connected so the student’s progress and growth are maintained. It’s definitely the next best thing to being in front of ustadji in person! Try it, you’ll never regret it!
Avichal Jha, SPK student from Phoenix, AZ
During skype lessons with Ustadji I forget that I’m in a different country. He is just as observant and inspiring a teacher online as he is in person. I end up with an ocean of material and a heart full of inspiration within a session that passes by in the blink of an eye. Skype lessons are an important part of my learning experience with Ustadji because I get to learn from him more often regardless of where I am in the world!
Ipshita Kamal, SPK student from Ottawa, ON