Ganesh Kumar Workshop

Presenter: UC Music
  • Date: Saturday, 3 June 2023 to Saturday, 3 June 2023
  • Time: 03:00PM to 04:30PM
  • Location: Recital Room, UC Arts at the Arts Centre, 3 Hereford St
  • Ticket: Free


Internationally renowned frame drummer & Percussionist, Kanjira Virtuoso Ganesh Kumar presents a Workshop on South Indian Classical Carnatic Drumming. Ganesh is best known for teaching Indian rhythms on different percussion instruments, in particular the “Kanjira”- hand drum. The Kanjira is a frame drum from South India, mostly used for South Indian classical music concerts made with wooden rim and a lizard skin.

Ganesh has played throughout the world and has developed an understanding and communication of Indian rhythms that is beneficial for those already playing a drum and for those just wanting to start learning.

The workshop will covers following popular topics like:-

  • Split Finger techniques & methods
  • Development of Groove
  • Vocal Percussion Syllables & Compositions
  • Accompaniment skills
  • Playing odd time Signatures as  5 1/4,  7 3/4 etc.,
  • Solo playing and improvisation
  • Practice Exercises

The workshop is full of class participation and can be attended by anyone with the drum of their choice. Ganesh will lead the class through various Indian patterns used in Indian classical music and show many of the techniques that allow one to display the unique specialty that Indian Hand drumming displays.

You will leave the workshop with a deeper understanding of Indian rhythms and with practical exercises to practise to improve your enjoyment of drumming. Ganesh is uniquely qualified to teach this workshop having played with many Indian musicians and  western greats. He has trained extensively with the great percussion maestro Sri T H Subash Chandran.

Ganesh will also be performing a concert at the Great Hall that evening, tickets available here:


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