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Carnatic Music

South Indian Classical Music

Carnatic music, Karnāṭaka saṃgīta or Karnāṭaka saṅgītam is is one of the world's oldest & richest classical musical traditions from South Indian. The basis of Carnatic music is the system of ragas (melodic scales) and talas (rhythmic cycles). There are seven rhythmic cycles and 72 fundamental ragas.​ An elaborate pattern exists for identifying these scales, known as the 72 Melakarta Raagas. Carnatic music is mainly sung through compositions, especially the Kriti (or kirtanam) – a form developed between the 14th and 20th centuries by composers such as Purandara Dasa and  and the Trinity (Tyagaraja, Muthuswami Dikshitar and Shyama Shastri) of Carnatic Music.

At Upasana, the Carnatic Music classes are divided into 3 Levels.

 

Beginner Class

Practicals

Saptha Swaras, Sarali Varisai (10), Madhya Sthayi Varisai, Janda Varisai (8), Tharasthayi Varisai (5), Vakra Janda Varisai (3), Dattu Varisai, Alankaras (7), Varisai and Alamkaras in Aakaram, Geethams (5)

Level 1
 
Theory

Introduction to music, Definition of Nadam, Sruthi, Swaram and Sthayi, Notes on Arohana, Avarohana and Ragas

Level 2
Practicals

Jathiswaram (Shankarabharanam and Mohanam), Swarajathi (Ananadabhairavi and Bilahari), Practice in 3 speeds of all Varisais in Mayamalava goulai and Sankarabharanam, Alankaras in Kalyanai and Sankarabharanam, Adithala Varnam (4)

Theory

72 Melakaratha Scheme, Thalas - 5 Jathis, 35 thalas, Raga Classification - Jamya and Jamaka  ragas, Musical forms - Geetham, Jathiswaram, Subrajathi and Varnam, Gamakas, Raga Lakshanams of - Mayamalava Goauli, Sankarabharanam and Kalyani Ragams

 

Intermediate Class

Practicals

Adi thala Varnams (3) and Atta thala Varnams (3) in two speed and thishru nadai, Pada Varnam (1), Ganaragha Pancharathnam (1), Navagraha Krithi (1)

Level 1
 
Theory

Musical forms definitions - Padam, Javali, Krithi and Keerthanam, Thala - Dasa - Pranas, Raga lakshnams of : Bhiravi, Khambhoji, Thodi, Saveri and Hamsvadhwani Ragas

Level 2
Practicals

Atta thakla Varnams (2), Krithis of Swathi thirunal, Ganaragha Pancharathnam (1), Compositions with - Alapana, Sankarabharanam and Hamswdhwani Ragas

Theory

Manodharma Sangeetham - Ragam - Thalam - Pallavi, Kalpitha Sangeetham, Mudras of Vageyakaras

 

Advanced Class

Practicals

Compositions with - Alapana, Niravel and Kalpana swarams, Mfhyamavathi, Kalyani, Hindolam and Saveri ragas, Thillana (2), Bharathiyar Songs (2)

Level 1
 
Theory

Sruthi bedam, Instrumental music, Folk songs

Level 2
Practicals

Ragam - Thalam - Pallavi (Bhairavi Ragam) , Swarajathi (Bhairavi Ragam)

Theory

The difference between Carnatic Music and Hindusthani Music, Raga lakshanas, the history of Vageyakaras

 

Very well qualified, experienced and knowledgeable Gurus

Well rounded traditional curriculum 

 

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