ARAPAN Soma Sarkar School of Hindustani Classical Music

Hindustani Classical music singing - Online and In-person Lessons

Students' Quote after a yearly recital - " We are blessed to have a teacher like you. Every moment of the program was enchanting. Specially your words..................."Music is alive bacuase of the ordinary people." This will inspire us always. Thank you".- Manisha Mukul and family

Q. Why take lessons from Soma?

  • One-on-one attention - Each student receives 1-on-1 attention directly from her.
  • Documents and Recordings: You will receive all the related documents and recordings as a part of your lessons. You will get to keep them forever. Soma created these documents personally. The writing follows Bhatkhande's theory.
  • Individual needs - She helps each student based on his/her individual needs while using her syllabus as a guideline
  • Using her own training: There is a proper method to teaching and learning "Hindustani Shastriya Sangeet" ... Maintaining the tradition of "Guru-Shishya Parampara," Soma teaches students the proper way to sing "Khayal,""Thumri," and Rag based classical and semi-classical music.
Soma is a highly qualified artist from India. At a very young age her Talim was initiated by her Guruji, Shri Dilip Baran Sarkar of Serampore, West Bengal. After finishing her Bachelor's degree in Biology and receiving her degree of "Sangeet Visharad" from "Pracheen Kala Kendra, Chandigarh," Soma went to "The New England Conservatory," Boston. Here she received her Masters degree in Music Education. At the conservatory, she learned proper Teaching Techniques and Curriculum Development from some of the foremost Musicians and Music Educators of the world - Prof. Lyle Davidson, Prof. Peter Row, Prof. George Ruckert and Prof. Warren Sanders, to name a few.  

Speciality in Early Childhood Teaching: A Professor of Early Childhood Psychology and Education, Soma is trained to understand and teach Hindustani Classical music to children in a loving and child-friendly manner. Currently, children are learning this complex form of music directly from Soma.

Professional Teacher Trainer (Adults): Soma is a trained "Teacher Trainer" for one of the leading Public School Systems in the state of Maryland.  This gives her an edge to understand adult learning psychology and train them in becoming competent in their field of study.

 For those who are looking to prepare for performances or competitions, can receive help from Soma to prepare for such events as well.
NEW: From January, 2013, all students will have the opportunity to connect with their fellow students via Facebook.
Students will also have the opportunity to perform Hindustani Classical Music in front of an audience in Soma's presence. (Provided a student is willing to travel).
Maintaining the tradition of "Guru-Shishya Parampara," Soma's students have developed life long relationships with her as they remained in the field of Hindustani music.