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Merton Sai Centre Bhajan Workshop 2007 (Report)
Date:17th March 2007 Venue: Upper hall, Sai Mandir
The aim of this Bhajan workshop was to help improve the understanding of Bhajan requirements and the standard of lead Bhajan singing. Particular emphasis was placed on the training of new and less experienced lead Bhajan singers.
The workshop began with an introduction to the benefits and need for Bhajans. This was followed by a talk about basic music knowledge. The second talk was more detailed and related to specific themes associated with Bhajan singing.
The group was then split into smaller groups for the workshops. The first of the workshops allowed the participants to take the first step of realising their vocal potential, i.e. understanding their voices, by going through various exercises. The second set of workshops continued with this theme but also included example Bhajans which demonstrated much of what had been explained so far. Advice was sought from the workshop co-ordinators for seemingly straightforward to comparatively complex questions.
A third talk followed, focussing on vocal care and hygiene, and the evening drew to a close with a feedback session where participants raised final queries. This was followed by closing Bhajans and Arathi.
The participants found the workshop to be extremely useful, with the informal nature of the proceedings allowing for more productive training.
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Further enquiries regarding the bhajan workshop, please contact Vernu (Merton Spritiual coordinator, email: spiritual(at)saimandir.org.uk)
The worksgroups were divided along the lines of age and gender. Where all abilities were catered for and individual coaching sessions were provided.
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