Varnams are structurally and melodically intricate compositions that are required for mastery to get a strong grip on raga and laya aspects. Master varnams in popular and rare ragas and improve your musical skills exponentially.
Krithis form the backbone of a Carnatic Music concert and its desirable to have a wide range of krithis by various composers in one’s repertoire. Learn Krithis of Thyagaraja, Muthuswamy Dikshitar, Oothukkadu Venkata Kavi, Purandara Dasa and many other great composers and improve your repoertoire!
Manodharma refers to the creative abilities of a musician to present a raga in various forms like alapana, kalpana swarams, neraval and even Ragam Tanam Pallavi. Manodharma usually develops naturally in a musician in the course of learning many compositions and listening to great masters. In this segment, we have offered some master classes by expert gurus on how to approach, practice and refine the creative skills with practical examples. Expand your manodharma skills and jump to the advanced levels of learning Carnatic Music!
Javalis and padams are beautiful melodic compositions composed with a romantic theme, often known for including phrases which are rather unique and replete with the raga essence. They are usually rendered towards the end of a concert and though challenging to learn are extremely rewarding to the learner and the listener.
Thillanas are beautiful rhythmic compositions rendered mostly in dance but can also be featured at the end of a Carnatic Music concert to give peppiness and verve to the presentation. Due to their accent on the mathematical and rhythmic patterns, a student can gain a different perspective and improve their laya skills by learning a variety of tillanas by both yesteryear and contemporary composers.
Bhajans are also rendered in Carnatic Music Concerts in recent times and bring a refreshing Hindusthani music flavour to lighten the mood. Thevarams are devotional poems composed on Lord Siva and formed a part of the Tamil Bhakti movement in the 7th-9th century. Learn these compositions and improve your repertoire and musical skills.
Laya refers to the rhythmic aspects in Carnatic Music. This segment provides an introduction to fundamentals of Laya and also covers some advanced concepts like Korvais, Pallavis and other interesting topics.