When faced with the prospect of doing 12+ hours of daily vocal practice as is 'recommended' alongside study, software development and teaching, Sandeep Ranade decided to research the most optimal way of practicing vocal music with complete coverage of all vocal capabilities.
For nearly two decades, Sandeep has been studying the human voice, vocal anatomy, principles of practice, theory of learning, neurology, combinatorics, aesthetics, graph theory, set theory, discrete mathematics, computer engineering, software testing principles, etc. and has created a new systematic method of vocal practice ('Sadhana') which is complete and efficient, taking only one hour while covering 12 hours worth of content.
Sandeep decided to name this system of practice 'Naadyoga' (yoga for the voice). He has been teaching Naadyoga to students worldwide for over a decade now.
"For nearly the past 12 years, I’ve had the pleasure of learning from Sandeep. I’ve grown as his student, while he has grown as a guru, and I’ve been witness to his growth from “Geek Gayak” to “Naadyogi.” This evolution has proved to me that art does not need to merely imitate live, and vice versa. Rather, life and art are inextricably related and hold essential implications for – and reflect – one another.
Naadyoga recognizes this truth in a comprehensive methodology to explore, discover, and personify the universal-, metaphysical-, and inner-naad. Naadyoga is a profound harmony of art and science: Sandeep has incorporated principles in engineering, nutrition, programming, neuroscience, and physiology with insights in mindfulness, aestheticism, and history.
Shastriya sangeet persists in a culture focused on preserving and projecting its old traditions and emerging trends. Sandeep has entered that lauded space where he satisfies such criteria yet expresses an art and practice that is holistically and wholly his own. Sandeep’s music and the practice that defines it, Naadyoga, is founded in the conviction that “natural beauty appeals naturally.”
Then, it is no wonder why Naadyoga has been essential, if not causal, to my growth, in all areas of life. Naadyoga empowers me to find balance, melt my fears away, and ignite my inspiration; all while advancing my musical skills, consciousness, and sense. It’s hard not to imagine musical development as an indirect result of Naadyoga because many of the benefits are deeply felt outside of music.
Our lives are filled with deadlines, duties, and detriments. Yet, we need to be efficient, effective, and exceptional. Naadyoga enriches you with the simplicity, effortlessness, and relaxation needed to succeed from life’s complicated, difficult, and testing moments.
Having been taught by Sandeep for almost 12 years, I’ve learned new raags, bandishes, techniques, ideas, beauty, and more. But the truest lesson is being on a journey to continuously improve."
"Although I have formally been studying Hindustani music for over three years now, I have only been learning with Sandeep for a few months. In this time, the amount of positive change that I have seen in my own music has been tremendous.
Two things in particular have helped me enormously; the systematic nature of his approach, which emphasises thinking about vocal performance in terms of its universal fundamentals (resonance, timbre, volume, breath control and the like) and working on isolating and improving each of these aspects in a comprehensive manner; and the highly personal, specific and above all *actionable* feedback he gives for improvement, whether it be with regard to identifying and eliminating old vocal crutches that I've used for years, or mastering completely new techniques (make sure to ask him about Airbender taans...).
Combined with his sense of humor and boundless enthusiasm for pushing his students to step out of their comfort zones, every lesson has been rigorous, exhausting, and above all, exhilarating."
"I used to play Sitar previously and started learning Hindustani classical vocal since last three four years. In 2015, a family member in Toronto spoke to me about Sandeep ji. She had attended his concert and was really impressed and suggested that I should learn from him. I saw his YouTube videos and became his fan. I was pleasantly surprised when I called him and he agreed to teach me! It has been only one year since I started learning from him and have a long way to go!
Sandeep ji's sincerity, patience and enthusiasm in teaching is amazing. His Naadyoga helps in learning and listening correctly to make significant progress. It is scientific as well as spiritual and aesthetic. I am slowly but surely learning from his teaching and find improvement in my singing. At each and every step, he is there to encourage. He teaches in a way where the student becomes independent and gets the capability to walk on his/her own. And that's a rare quality of a true Guru.
He has become one of the most cherished Guru, a friend and philosopher for me!I hope he will be there for a long time to guide me on this path of spiritual and aesthetic journey."
"I have been learning Hindustani classical music for a long time and am indebted to each and every one of my Gurus.
Recently I started learning from Sandeep Ranade and I have noticed a huge jump in both my vocal capabilities and my fluidity. All these years my experience of this classical music journey has been that of someone who is constantly chasing after an elusive dream. I have been in awe of my Gurus, rightfully so, and felt like there was some hidden mystery to their abilities that allowed them to produce magic. I believed that, though I was striving very hard, since I did not possesses those abilities what I was producing was limited.Within a few weeks of learning from Sandeep I see that he has helped me unlock that mysterious door and I too now feel like a magician.
Oh,what a joy it has been! Sandeep shares his knowledge freely and is happiest when he witnesses his students expanding both their abilities and understanding of Hindustani music. His profound knowledge of sound theory, voice physiology and classical music has helped him develop 'Naadyoga', a method of Riyaaz, that has led to quantum leaps in my progress. Indeed it is the very fortunate musician who learn under Sandeep Ranade's tutelage!"
"I started learning from Sandeepji in 2010 and I have to say that my music has tremendously improved since then. I say music in an overall sense and not just my singing because I understand Hindustani classical music so much better now.
I had learnt classical music for about 6 years while I grew up. I was taught raag with Aaroh Avaroh and pakad/chalan with set bandish vistaar and taan. But here I learnt how to really sing and listen to classical music. Before my music was more about memory and remembering what to sing but here I learnt that classical music is not just about singing but having control over voice, breath, understanding the swaroop of raag, creativity and spontaneity.
The riyaaz style of Naadyoga that he has instilled in me has taken my music to a whole new level and I feel much more confident now singing a difficult taan spontaneously and a complicated raag with relative ease. In a nutshell my perspective of music has changed for the best and I can't thank Sandeepji enough for that. I love him as a person as well. He is a young, flexible, immensely talented and a very approachable guru which is a rare combination for Indian classical music. I find myself extremely lucky to run into this blessed soul who has agreed to guide me in my musical journey."
"I had heard Sandeepji’s magnetic performances on the Internet and was amazed at the ease with which he presented his art.
Being a beginner, I hesitantly approached him to accept me as his student, as I wasn’t sure how a high class performing artiste like Sandeepji would respond.
To my delight, Sandeepji accepted me as his student.
Instantly, I found Sandeepji extremely approachable and patient in correcting some of the elementary mistakes I was making.
As my lessons progressed, I realised that Sandeepji had unpacked the complexities and mysteries of Hindustani classical music and developed a systematic and holistic method in helping students at different stages in their musical journey to learn at their own pace. His teaching methods are empowering, where he presents a toolkit for the students to use as part of the daily saadhna.
I have found Sandeepji extremely friendly, encouraging and his strong sense of humour certainly helps in times when I have found myself helplessly failing in trying to perform a complex taan pattern or even repeating basic swaras.
We are fortunate to have in our midst a realised young musician and guru, ready to share all he has learned and acquired through rigorous sadhanas under the tutelage of legendary gurus. He presents his craft and knowledge in a simple manner that can be understood and followed by any sincere student ."
"As many of you know Sandeep Ranade is one of the most incredibly talented vocalists as well as an exceptional teacher of Hindustani classical. Like many in bay area and a growing number of students throughout the world, I am fortunate to be his student.
Though I have been learning from him only for a few months, I have seen tremendous improvement in my sense of "swaras". For the first time in my stint at classical music learning, I feel that I am building a strong foundation.
What differentiates Sandeep from other teachers is his passion and commitment to constantly working on improving the effectiveness of his teaching both in terms of what you get and how much you get for each hour you put into practice.
Another benefit is that you start learning how to create your own practice "taans" based on the guidance he gives - which means that you can practice independently as well. His methodology is appropriately called "naada yoga".
Bottom line is - if you are serious about learning Indian classical, you owe it to yourself to attend and learn from Sandeep Ranade."