Ishtar Bakhtali

Zang docente - Egmond aan Zee

About me:

With the voice as starting point I often make use of the loopstation and sing in different settings with projects ranging from: Jazz, spoken world, live techno, traditional Indian Music to compositions for dance performances and my solo project.

In Maastricht and Lisbon I studied Jazz Vocals. At the Conservatory of Maastricht I got in touch with Carnatic Music during a workshop around 4 years ago. Since then I travelled to India twice to learn more about this music through lessons and concerts. In Rotterdam I study a Master in Dhrupad and Jazz vocals at Codarts. 


I teach because I like to share my knowledge and the passion for music. One of the things I enjoy about teaching is that every student, every group and every lesson is different! I have been teaching individual lessons, group lessons (pop choir) and workshops (Indian music workshop and loopstation workshop). 

Inspiration can come from listening to concerts, playing with other musicians, collaborating with dancers, other art forms such as visual arts and nature.

I offer lessons in: Pop and Jazz Vocals, Indian Classical singing and Konnakol.

It’s important to me to take the interest of the students as a starting point. Things we could address in the lessons are:





-stage presence



What is Indian Classical music? What probably comes to mind when ‘Classical music’ is mentioned is Classical music from the Western part of the World, with names of composers such as Bach or Vivaldi. But Classical music is present around the world. India is no different; it has a long history of music. The Indian Classical music has many differences with Western (Classical ) music. One of the characteristics of Indian classical music is the use of microtones and ornaments that we don’t use in the West. This type of music comes from an oral tradition where the knowledge is passed on from teacher to student. Notation doesn’t play a major role. Harmony doesn’t exist in Indian Classical music whereas intricate rhythms and melodies are present in this style.

There are many sub genres in Indian Classical music but the biggest division is made in ‘Hindustani’ (North Indian) and ‘Carnatic’ (South Indian) music. 


The two styles I offer are: Dhrupad (a style from the North of India) and Carnatic Music (from South India).

Konnakol is simply explained as the reciting of a rhythm making use of particular syllables. Originally these are applied on a percussion instrument, but it’s also being used to apply to any other instrument as a ‘rhythm language’. The reciting with voice alone is also being done in concerts. It’s an often used element in cross overs between Jazz and Indian Classical music. 

As the two Indian singing styles are probably quite new to students, I offer an introduction course where you can get to know each style a bit to get an impression and the opportunity to choose with which one you might want to continue more intensively. 

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