About Nupur School of Rabindra Sangeet:
Nupur was established in 1980 with the objective of providing children in this country with the opportunity to get acquainted with the culture and tradition of Bengal. The school specialises in teaching Rabindrasangeet (Tagore’s songs) and is dedicated to promoting the ideals and teachings of Rabindranath Tagore, the great Bengali poet and philosopher.
In addition to the teachings of Tagore’s songs, the school also seeks to encourage and develop self esteem and confidence among its students. A further aim of the school is therefore to prepare its children to respect and successfully cope with both the cultures of their host nation and that of their parents side by side.
Since its establishment Nupur has staged several major public performances which have included most of Tagore’s dance dramas performed at prestigious locations like the Commonwealth Institute and Logan Hall, London University. During 1986 Nupur students participated in the celebration of Tagore’s 125th anniversity at Queen Elizabeth Hall, arranged by “Tagoreans”, a well known organisation in the UK. Nupur has also presented in London, a number of celebrated singers and musicians from India and Bangladesh.
We are a voluntary organisation and offer a 5 year diploma and certificate course with a structured syllabus of Tagore’s songs including voice training and theory in the curriculum.
Rabindranath Tagore and Rabindrasangeet:
Rabindranath Tagore has written about 2500 songs in Bengali. This collection of songs known as “Rabindrasangeet”, forms an important part of Bengal’s cultural tradition. These songs are noted for their exquisite melody and unique expressiveness. All his songs are compiled in a book called ‘Gitabitan’. They describe a variety of subject matters such as nature, seasons, love, devotion to God, patriotism, and much more, across the entire spectrum.
While composing his songs, Rabindranath has followed the main pattern of beat(Talas) and rhythm(Chando) as known in Indian Classical music. But he also introduced some new beats(Talas) and rhythm(Chando) of his own. These songs are called “Nutan taler gaan”(songs with new beats).
In this respect, Rabindranath has made a clear deviation from the norms of Indian classical music, and the songs he composed with the new beats(Talas) and rhythm(Chando) which he has created, have become a great wealth in the store of Indian music.