Music lover Shyama Panikkar believes it’s best to “catch them younger” with regards to coaching kids in music. So to provoke kids into the world of music, Mumbai-based Shyama, who’s educated in each Carnatic and Hindustani music, began lessons underneath the title Sur Taal Aur Masti (actually which means Swara, tempo and enjoyable) in July final yr. “I endeavour to attempt to make the teachings enjoyable, which catches their consideration. Right here, conventional strategies might not be sufficient,” says Shyama, a local of Thiruvananthapuram.

Shyama determined to launch Sur Taal Aur Masti after she realised that her son, Aarav, who’s now 4, was having fun with her classes. “I stop my company job after I grew to become pregnant. Later, once I realised Aarav was actually liking it once I launched him to music classes, I requested myself why should not I take this to different children in Mumbai as effectively,” she says.

Holding the teachings experiential, Shyama brings what she calls “props” to have interaction children and clarify to them the flexibility of music. “I exhibit miniature variations of devices equivalent to shakers, drum kits, cymbals, maracas, tambourine and so forth to assist the younger ones get a hands-on really feel,” she says.

Shyama Panikkar teaching kids music

Shyama feels that Indian music is usually under-appreciated on the degree of early publicity as children largely are launched to Western nursery rhymes and youngsters’s songs. So, in Sur Taal Aur Masti, she has made it a degree to assist children perceive and recognize Indian music to start with.

“I preserve the musicscape various and discover sides of India music as effectively. However it’s not simply classical music I am speaking about. Aside from newbie’s-level classes in Carnatic and Hindustani, we attempt rhymes and even catchy movie songs. Rhymes might be something from ‘Wheels on the Bus’ to standard Hindi kids’s songs like ‘Lakdi ki kathi’. Nevertheless, the bottom of my lessons stay classical,” explains Shyama. Nevertheless, she retains it easy, attempting a few of the simpler classical compositions that “children can keep in mind.” Her mentor is composer and Carnatic musician Perumbavoor G Raveendranath from Thiruvananthapuram.

Shyama Panikkar teaching kids music

The pandemic has paused the bodily lessons, however Shyama has not permitted the obstacle to let the music fall silent as she has been persevering with her classes on-line by way of video-conferencing app Zoom. “The association has its limitations however given the circumstances, this can be a sensible strategy to stick with it,” she says. With faculties remaining closed and taking part in outdoor not advisable, dad and mom too are completely happy about preserving children engaged constructively.

Take a look at Shyama’s Instagram web page @surtaalmasti

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