Paytm Insider, Indianuance Announce ‘Ace it with the Masters’ S2

Industry Watch | October 29, 2021 | News

Paytm Insider Ace it with the Masters

Following the success of the first season, ticketing platform Paytm Insider and artiste management and concert programming outfit dedicated to Indian classical music Indianuance, have announced season two of 'Ace it with the Masters'. 

The second season of the online masterclass series will feature singer Varijashree Venugopal on 30-31 October and Hariharan on 13-14 November. While Varijashree will explore the world of swaras in carnatic music, Hariharan will focus on ghazals.

In his online masterclass 'Ga Ghazal,' Hariharan will teach participants one newly composed ghazal of Ghalib as well as how to grasp finer nuances of lyrics and melody. The interactive session will be open to anyone who has studied music – classical or otherwise – and has a basic understanding of Hindi/Urdu.

Hariharan said, “I’m thrilled to be a part of the ongoing series by Indianuance and Paytm Insider. Ghazals have been around for many years, and it has a unique gayaki style. Seeing youngsters learning music and still pursuing ghazals is delightful! While the teaching and learning style was different earlier, I am glad that digital platforms like these with carefully curated sessions allow us to interact with music enthusiasts from diverse places.”

In her masterclass ‘The Swara Tour,’ Varijashree will cover the introduction to the notes, recognising them and eventually how to put them together to form a raga. She will also explain the rules and compositions of ragas and how to make improvisations in them. In the four digital sessions, Varijashree will cover the nuances of carnatic music – in theory, and applications.

She said, “Travelling around and meeting musicians/ music enthusiasts from different cultures have taught me to keep my mind open to unimaginable musical possibilities. Being a student of Carnatic music has immensely helped me perceive and pursue ‘Music’ on the whole, in a different scope and scape. I’m delighted to be a part of Indianuance and Insider’s ‘Ace it with the Masters’ series, where I shall be sharing information about the intricate system of swaras and ragas in carnatic music and its applications. I look forward to singing with you all!”

Varun Khare, Business Head, Live Entertainment (IPs & Partnerships), Paytm Insider, said, “It is a pleasure to work with such eminent musicians through the masterclass series. At Paytm Insider, we always strive to encourage upskilling. With ‘Ace it with the Masters’ Season 2, music enthusiasts get an opportunity to train and gain valuable insights straight from the ‘masters’ themselves.”

Aishwarya Natarajan, Founder, Indianuance, said, “It has been great to conceive and curate this series with the support of Paytm Insider.  Our aim has been to carefully curate learning content that is synonymous with the masters teaching them. Through this series, we bring maestros behind artforms like classical, semi-classical and ghazal closer to students and music enthusiasts, like never before.”

All masterclasses will conclude with a Q&A segment with the artiste. Tickets start from Rs.1000 and will be available on Paytm Insider globally from October.

Second season of online masterclasses will feature singer Varijashree Venugopal exploring carnatic music in ‘The Swara Tour’ on 30 and 31 October and Hariharan going ‘Ga Ghazal’ on 13 and 14 November.

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