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Take advantage of this section on free material for improving your knowledge on Carnatic Music. The material in this section range from important fundamental concepts in Carnatic Music, right from basic theory to advanced topics like the concept of Seamless Korvais, an interesting rhythmic improvisation technique discussed at the Music Academy, Chennai by the maestro Shri Chitravina N Ravikiran. Listen to a great introduction on the Art of Mridangam Playing by Sangeetha Kalanidhi Prof Trichy Sankaran. We have just recently started a new series on “Laya – Basics to Advanced” taught by Acharya Ratnakara Shri Chitravina Narasimhan. We are pleased to make these special lessons freely available for the benefit of all.

Composers of Carnatic Music – Part 4 – Chapter 3 from Perfecting Carnatic Music Level 2 Book

Read this excerpt on Composers of Carnatic Music - Part 4 from the Perfecting Carnatic Music Level 2 Book published by IFCM.

Composers of Carnatic Music – Part 3 – Chapter 3 from Perfecting Carnatic Music Level 2 Book

Read this excerpt on Composers of Carnatic Music - Part 1 from the Perfecting Carnatic Music Level 2 Book published by IFCM.

Composers of Carnatic Music – Part 2 – Chapter 3 from Perfecting Carnatic Music Level 2 Book

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Composers of Carnatic Music – Part 1 – Chapter 3 from Perfecting Carnatic Music Level 2 Book

Read this excerpt on Composers of Carnatic Music - Part 1 from the Perfecting Carnatic Music Level 2 Book published by IFCM.

Learning Carnatic Music – Chapter 1 from Perfecting Carnatic Music Level 2 Book

Read this excerpt on Learning Carnatic Music from the Perfecting Carnatic Music Level 2 Book published by IFCM.

Approaching Carnatic Music – Chapter 1 from Perfecting Carnatic Music Level 2 Book

Read this excerpt on Approaching Carnatic Music from the Perfecting Carnatic Music Level 2 Book published by IFCM.

Practical Exercises in Carnatic Music -Part 2 – Theory from Perfecting Carnatic Music Level 1 Book

Learn about the fundamentals of rhythm in Carnatic Music from the Perfecting Carnatic Music Level 1 Book published by IFCM.

Practical Exercises in Carnatic Music -Part 1 – Theory from Perfecting Carnatic Music Level 1 Book

Learn about the fundamentals of rhythm in Carnatic Music from the Perfecting Carnatic Music Level 1 Book published by IFCM.

Fundamentals of Rhythm in Carnatic Music – Theory from Perfecting Carnatic Music Level 1 Book

Learn about the fundamentals of rhythm in Carnatic Music from the Perfecting Carnatic Music Level 1 Book published by IFCM.

Fundamentals of Melody in Carnatic Music – Theory from Perfecting Carnatic Music Level 1 Book

Learn about the fundamentals of melody in Carnatic Music from the Perfecting Carnatic Music Level 1 Book published by IFCM.

Tala Dasha Pranas- Kala, Laya, Yati and Prastharam – Understanding Laya Part 8 – Shri Chitravina Narasimhan

Shri Chitravina Narasimhan talks about Jati and Graham,related to the Tala Dasha Pranas.

Tala Dasha Pranas- Jati and Graham – Understanding Laya Part 7 – Shri Chitravina Narasimhan

Shri Chitravina Narasimhan talks about Jati and Graham,related to the Tala Dasha Pranas.

Suladi Sapta Talas, Chapus and Nadais – Understanding Laya Part 6 – Shri Chitravina Narasimhan

Shri Chitravina Narasimhan talks about the Suladi Sapta Talas, the origin of Chapu tala and difference between Chapu and Nadai.

Tala Dasha Pranas- Kriya and Margam – Understanding Laya Part 5 – Shri Chitravina Narasimhan

Shri Chitravina Narasimhan talks about Kriya and Angam, as part of the discussion on the Tala Dasha Pranas.

Tala Dasha Pranas- Kalam and Margam – Understanding Laya Part 4 – Shri Chitravina Narasimhan

Shri Chitravina Narasimhan explains the tala dasha pranas. This section starts with an introduction to the first two pranas namely, kalam and margam.

Marga Talas – Understanding Laya Part 3 – Shri Chitravina Narasimhan

Shri Chitravina Narasimhan gives an explanation of the ancient marga talas which consisted of only 3 angas, laghu, guru and plutam.

Importance of Laya in Music – Understanding Laya Part 2 – Shri Chitravina Narasimhan

According to the ancient musical texts, Laya or rhythm is as equally important as melodic aspects in music.

Origins of Laya Patterns – Understanding Laya Part 1 – Shri Chitravina N Narasimhan

Shri Chitravina Narasimhan gives an introduction to the origin of laya patterns in Carnatic Music.

Maestro Chitravina N Ravikiran explains the essential techniques of playing the chitravina.

Chitravina Right Hand Techniques Read More Chitravina Left Hand Techniques Read More Chitravina Techniques for playing oscillations or gamakams. [...]

Raga Pantuvarali Audios from Great Masters

It is  a well known fact that Carnatic Music is a an intricate art form that requires years of dedication and guidance from a knowledgable guru [...]

Art of Playing Mridangam – Introduction – by Prof Trichy Sankaran

Dr. Trichy Sankaran is a world-renowned percussion virtuoso, Indian music scholar and composer, and the founding director of Indian music studies at York University, Toronto, [...]

Common Mistakes in Carnatic Music Series – Ravikiran

This page contains the series of video lecture demonstrations by Sangeet Samrat Shri Chitravina N Ravikiran on common mistakes made in Carnatic Music. This is [...]

Seamless Korvais – The Elegance of Numbers

Learn about some intricate ways to form korvais or rhythmic patterns from this recorded session at The Music Academy presented by Sangeet Samrat Chitravina N [...]

Laya Terms in Carnatic Music

Learn the terminologies used in Laya in Carnatic Music such as Aksharas, Gatis, Kalais, Jatis and many other terms.

Lesson on 7&35 Tala System by Chitravina N Ravikiran

Lesson on 7&35 Tala System by Chitravina N Ravikiran - Sagar Sridhar & Nandini Sridhar with their Guru

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