Classical Indian Sitar

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India has one of the oldest cultures in the world with more than 5,000 years of history. Music is a part of this culture and has been passed down through the generations.

Students will learn how the pumpkin plays an integral role in sitar making with its resonating sound. They will experience how musical notes are derived from the sounds animals make. After learning the Indian version of Do Re Mi, students who demonstrate respect and trustworthiness will earn a chance to play the sitar.

Students will also learn about Indian drums and different rhythmic patterns. They will gain an understanding of how math is important in these rhythmic cycles.

Workshop Details




Music, Math, Social Studies


25 max

Standard Length

45 min

Room Setup

Works best when students can sit on the floor with Ritu.

Supplies/Equipment Needed:

A table for display of artifacts; globe or world map; pencils and paper for students.

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