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Raga, Dhrupad, Choir & Vocal Improvisation (Yoga of the Voice w/ Silvia Nakkach)

Vox Mundi Project

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Vocal Improvisation & 
Yoga of the Voice Practice
Includes: Dhrupad style and Raga Singing

with Silvia Nakkach

and Vox Mundi School Faculty

October 17 & 24 
November 7, 14 & 21
Time: 7:30 - 9:15pm

At The Voice Loft, in Emeryville

Anyone interested in fine-tuning their tone and voice, and connecting with devotional consciousness. 

These are practice sessions of uninterrupted two hours breathing, toning, mantra healing, devotional chanting, and vocal improvisation focused on raga singing.

Pre-Registration via check-on-mail or PAYPAL or Eventbrite (through the Voice Loft webiste). Please, let us know that you are planning to come at voxmundi@yahoo.com - if you are not a regular student, be sure to check this page before you'll come for updates. 

Four Sessions: $130 - paid in full on 1st session
$40 drop-in

The Program

Besides modern techniques of Vocal Improvisation based on the 108 Strategies to Free Your Voice, these sessions are devoted to raga singing and devotional chant delighting consciousness. 

The Ragas 
We experience the affective quality of music through the Art of Melodic Movement, and deepening the healing power of Mantra Chanting
The ragas are the most important link to the essence of Indian classical music. The appreciation and experience of the raga becomes profoundly meaningful to spiritual seekers as well as to the trained musician. The word “rag” is derived from the Sanskrit “raga” which means “color,” or “passion.” Ragas, therefore, may be thought of as an acoustic method of coloring the mind of the listener with an emotion. Ragas are not just musical scales or modes, they are described by master musicians as divinely inspired melodic entities.

These chanting sessions focus on the main characteristics of several ragas by cultivating familiarity with the pitches and particular tonal movement and their introductory melodic phrases. We will discover the beauty of the shrutis (micro-tones that are revealed in the space between the notes), and the transformational power of the rasas (a rasa is that which gives “taste” to the mind), which relates to aesthetic sentiments such as love, joy, devotion, wonder, heroism, peace, and detachment evoked by the rendering of the ragas.

Students learn about raga-based styles of devotional chanting: Dhrupad singing, Saregam, Khyal and Kirtanand they will have access to appreciate the difference between these styles and the approach to the ragas, as well as to create a vocal practice, and learn about vocal technique. Ragas are the greatest music teachers, because through the traditional practice of call and response, these awakening melodies stimulate our memory, while refining our senses deeply and delightfully.

Silvia Nakkach, have studied Hindustani music and raga singing under the direction of the late maestro Ali Akbar Khan from 1982-2009. Among other masters, she has also studied Dhrupad singing for many years with Dr. Ritwick Sanyal in Benares, India, and with Yvan Trunzler. She have developed special qualities for the teaching and the interpretation of the alap (invocation or introduction to the picture of the raga, no rhythmic section). She has devoted the last 30 years to deepen and transmitting the distinctive tonal characteristic of each raga and its relation with rasa (mood) and consciousness transformation. She is known for having the gift of making simple and meaningful the access to the complexity of ragas, helping committed students to cultivate and sustain a devotional music practice and community. 

To read more about this topic go to RECOMMENDED READINGS in this site to:


• The Classical Music of North India, by Ali Akbar Khan, edited by George Ruckert
• My Music, by Ravi Shankar

Free Your Voice, Silvia Nakkach


Have questions about Raga, Dhrupad, Choir & Vocal Improvisation (Yoga of the Voice w/ Silvia Nakkach)? Contact Vox Mundi Project


The Voice Loft
4053 Harlan St
Emeryville, CA 94608

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