ABOUT GANASASTRA

In 2010, Shri Poovendran Pillay sought to create a music school where students of all ages could learn Indian classical music by exploring, reading and playing different instruments. Today, The GanaSastra School of Music has enrolment of students at various locations in Gauteng, including Midrand, Centurion, Randburg and Edenvale. Music “terms” align with the government school calendar. We offer a comprehensive, hands-on approach to musical growth and experiences, which include listening, singing, rhythmic activities, instrumental instruction and music theory in the disciplines of Vocal, Violin, Harmonium, Thabla, Mridangam and Bharathanatyam. With the introduction of the Bharathanatyam discipline in 2015, the school now provides a more comprehensive offering by exploring and tapping into the expressions and intricacies of dance. The school takes pride in creating various platforms which enable students to showcase their talent thereby giving them the confidence to become a well-rounded exponent of Bharathanatyam.

VISION STATEMENT

The GanaSastra School of music is an Indian classical music school, with open enrolment and scholarship assistance through physical lessons. We believe that learning music should be fun, open to all ages and abilities.

OUR PHILOSOPHY

The GanaSastra School of Music and Dance offers comprehensive musicianship through active learning for children and adults. Our music and dance Gurus are highly qualified and share a love of teaching. The curriculum follows a lesson plan formulated by the pioneer of Carnatic music, Purandara Dasa. The School offers private lessons, group experiences, and ensemble participation. However, in order to play as a group or to accompany other musicians, one must learn and grasp the basics of the Indian classical music linked to their discipline of choice. With the many disciplines of Vocal, Violin, Harmonium, Thabla, Mridangam and Bharathanatyam, we believe that learning music can be FUN. All classes and lessons happen once a week, through a formal class setting. This provides better learning and develops wonderful teacher-student rapport. Parents are invited for periodic class visits, performances and participation in productions, fundraising and special events. Our class curricula have been especially designed for each level, providing appropriate and innovative learning materials for each level. Each curriculum provides a logical progression of study as students continue through our courses. Our private and “small-group” teachers individualize the approach that best suit each student. It is important to us that we provide students with a good understanding of music reading, not just playing by finger number, hand position, or rote. Lessons are taught by learning the basic music-reading method used by the Indian classical music concepts. This allows students to advance to higher level based on their interests. We have recently added the associated Tamil notes to accompany the Indian classical musical notes. This provides the opportunity to read and write the basics of Tamil.

Pregi
Govender

Born: 1-12-1983

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Marls
Moodley

Born: 02-02-1993

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Nicole
Moodley

Born: 08-11-1989

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Max
Soomaru

Born: 04-06-1982

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