Workshop : Turn the Beat Around
By: Prakash Kandasamy

Ever been to an Indian music concert and wondered how to appreciate the rhythms in Indian music? What does Taal, Taalam, Laya and all the jargon mean? Ever tried saying the tongue twisting drum syllables of the Tabla and Mridangam? This fun and exciting workshop is aimed at trying to get you to feel and understand all the jargon! Taal exercises on how to clap correctly and also how to listen for the first beat of a rhythmic cycle or Taal. 

Audience takeaway is that they should be able to clap along with a musician or during a percussion solo.  No musical background needed

Date : 1st December 2019
Time : 4 – 5.30 pm
Venue : Parivardhini
Event Number: 15
Age : 13 & Above

Biography of Speaker

Prakash Kandasamy started learning tabla at the Temple of Fine Arts Kuala Lumpur, at the age of 16 from Shri Suresh Ramachandra. He then later went to further his study of tabla in Pune India from Ustad Mohammed Hanif Mirajkar for 6 years. 

After returning to Malaysia he started his musical career by performing with the TFA orchestra as well as with local musicians like sitar artists Samuel J Das, Kumar Karthigesu, Kalpana Paranjothy, as well as Kathak dancers of the TFA. 

Prakash had also done collaborative work with pop artist Reshmonu as well as worked in Fusion ensembles like Inner Space, Prana, Swarasia and others.

He has been teaching tabla at the TFA for the past 20 years and has had three of his students complete their Arangetram. Prakash has also been teaching tabla at ASWARA for the past 15 years and has had 4 students graduate as tabla players there.  

He has had the privilege of accompanying sitar Maestro Ustad Usman Khan of India on international tours of Europe, Korea and Australia over the past 10 years.

He has also been the recipient of National Awards like “Tokoh Seni Negeri Pulau Penang” in 2003 and “Anugerah Seni Negara” in 2006, and other awards; 2 “Boh Cameronian Arts Awards” and “Datin Seri Endon Award for performing Arts Excellence” in 2009 and the “SivaGopal Award” from The Temple of Fine Arts KL in 1990. 

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