Bollywood Strings Academy

Learn with the Bollywood Strings Academy…Give your string players the Bollywood edge ~ throw your own Bollywood Strings concert!

TheBollywood Strings Academy is touring and virtual academy designed to introduce string players around the world to “Bollywood” playing techniques, which is a valuable skill to have, in today’s world of cross cultural music.

The demand

Over the last 15 years, there has been a ever growing interest in “Bollywood String Quartets”, “Bollywood String Orchestras” and “Bollywood solo violin” as an alternative performance choice.

“Bollywood” is now prevalent at all kinds of events including orchestra performances, supporting pop and rock stars, launch events, corporate events, sports events, weddings, family and social events, and much more.

Many Bollywood string players, particularly quartets, have emerged across the world, predominantly in the US and the UK, made up of string players trained in the Western music style.

We are convinced that interest in “Bollywood String Music” will only grow stronger and spread further and wider globally. Players with “Bollywood” performance training will undoubtedly stand out.

What we offer at the Bollywood Strings Academy

In order to establish and maintain our global reach, the Bollywood Strings Academy offers the following:

  • Bollywood Strings Workshop
  • Bollywood Strings Masterclass
  • Bollywood Strings Residency
  • Bollywood Strings 1-2-1 private lessons (in person or virtually via Skype)

What’s covered in the Bollywood Strings Workshop

This hands-on workshop is designed to assist string players in becoming comfortable with the signature styles of Bollywood, particularly the slurs, ornamentation and runs. The workshop will also provide an introduction to classical Indian music, particular raga (scales) and thala (rhythm cycle).

In addition, participants will learn about the role of music in the Bollywood film industry and the importance of understanding the emotive aspects of Bollywood compositions when attempting to render them in quartet or solo violin style.

The workshop will be led by internationally renowned Bollywood violinist and string arranger, Violin Chandru. Find out more about Violin Chandru here.

The workshops typically require 10-14 hours and can be structured as 3-4 half days, or 1.5-2 full days. All workshops culminate on the last day in an evening concert of Bollywood songs in which participants can showcase their newly acquired skill. Maximum participants per workshop is 24.

Workshop Highlights: (Theory incorporated in all sessions)

  • Group introductions to various concepts and techniques
  • Motivational and creative instruction
  • Fun and noncompetitive atmosphere
  • Group breakouts for technique practice
  • Ensemble coaching and large orchestra rehearsals
  • Technique, background, and theory literature as well as selected scores

Private lessons and masterclasses can be arranged with prior agreement
Eligibility: For students who are entering grades 5-9 in a given year, or equivalent.

Workshop fee: Starts from $1800 depending on requirements. Travel expenses may be depending on whether Violin Chandru has other engagements in the locality.
Note: Further charges will apply if Violin Chandru is required to give a professional performance. In addition, other accompanying instruments may be required, at extra cost.

Instruments: Students should bring their own instruments with them. University/Music School should look after logistics of instrument storage.

Other logistics: University/Music School must provide a venue and necessary sound equipment, and also take care of meal arrangements.

Final Concert: This will typically be for 90 minutes. University / Music School can decide if this should be free or ticketed.

Workshop instructors include: Violin Chandru – Other artists can be arranged based on requirements e.g. additional strings coaches and percussionists.

What’s covered in the Bollywood Strings Masterclass

This is a more specialist class for a smaller group of advanced string players. Masterclasses typically require 10-14 hours, usually over 2 days. These hands-on classes will help string players learn and substantially develop their “Bollywood” playing style. Masterclasses will introduce anecdotes about the development and growth of the “Bollywood” style of playing strings, which will enrich a students learning experience.

These masterclasses are targeted towards players who aspire to be Bollywood solo violinists or lead violinists in a Bollywood string quartet.

Masterclasses are limited to 12-15 students.

All students will be required to prepare one short 3-4 minute “Bollywood” piece for presentation at the masterclass. Each presentation will be followed by feedback and discussion which will benefit the entire class.

At least 4-6 weeks before the masterclass, students will be sent the music score, an example recording of the song on Bollywood violin and a link to the original Bollywood video.These will aid the student in their preparation of the piece, where they can intepret and consider the ornamentation and the emotive elements of the song.

Each student will receive a copy of the notation for all “Bollywood” pieces presented at the masterclass, along with an accompanying audio CD of these pieces. In addition, students will receive further literature about “Bollywood” music.

The masterclass will conclude with a live performance by all participants.

Eligibility: For students who are entering grades 7-9 in a given year, or equivalent.

Workshop fee: Starts from $2000 depending on requirements. Travel expenses is extra and may vary depending on whether Violin Chandru has other engagements in the locality.
Note: Further charges will apply if Violin Chandru is required to give a professional performance. In addition, other accompanying instruments may be required, at extra cost.

Instruments: Students should bring their own instruments with them. University/Music School should look after logistics of instrument storage.

Other logistics: University/Music School must provide a venue and necessary sound equipment, and also take care of meal arrangements.

Final Concert: This will typically be for 90 minutes. University / Music School can decide if this should be free or ticketed.

Masterclasses will be delivered by: Violin Chandru – Other artists can be arranged based on requirements e.g. additional strings coaches and percussionists etc.

Whats covered in the Bollywood Strings Residency

This hands-on workshop is designed to assist string players in becoming comfortable with the signature styles of Bollywood, particularly the slurs, ornamentation and runs. The workshop will also provide an introduction to classical Indian music, particular raga (scales) and thala (rhythm cycle).

Whats covered in the Bollywood Strings Private 1-2-1 classes

This hands-on workshop is designed to assist string players in becoming comfortable with the signature styles of Bollywood, particularly the slurs, ornamentation and runs. The workshop will also provide an introduction to classical Indian music, particular raga (scales) and thala (rhythm cycle).

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