Overview

Carnatic Vocal music is the classical music of Southern India. Shankar Mahadevan Academy provides the unique opportunity for students everywhere to learn Carnatic Vocal music from the convenience of their own home through a highly structured curriculum, a clear path for progression, and certifications for completion. Level Certificates are given to students at each of seven levels: Sa, Ri, Ga, Ma, Pa, Dha and Ni. Each level requires the student to complete the courses listed under it and pass the level exam. Students who are new to the Academy start with the first course in each of the levels, depending on prior experience. Entry into any level will require new students to take and pass the assessment for the prior level.

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Prerequisites:

Anyone who has an interest and passion to learn music and is above the age of 8 years

Overview:

This course is ideal for students looking to take their first steps into the world of Carnatic Music.Entry level foundation course for students who are ready to start right at the beginning and do not have any prior experience learning Indian/Carnat…  

Topics covered:
  • Prayer
  • Introduction
  • Understanding and identifying pitch
  • Saralivarisais
  • Nottu swaram
  • Theory
  • Home Work
  • Assignment
Prerequisites:

The student should have completed the CV101 or should have the basic knowledge of swara, Raga, Pitch and Tala and should be able to sing the basic swara patterns (sarali varisais ).

Overview:

CV102 introduces to the students the concept of the Paired notes showing them in how many different patterns the notes could be sung in. Students will also learn the Sarali Varisais in Mayamalavagowla ragam. Concepts of Tala along wit…  

Topics covered:
  • Janta Varisais
  • Introduction to Shuddha Swaras
  • Geethams in Malahari
  • Creative excercises
  • Theory
Prerequisites:

The student should have completed CV101 and CV102 with Shankar Mahadevan Academy or should have knowledge of basics of Carnatic music. Sing Sarali and Janta Varisais in atleast two ragams along with Geethams and Nottuswaras.

Overview:

Student is introduced to Dhaatu varisais (alternate/jumping note patterns) and Melsthayi varisais (upper octave note exrecises) in two ragams and in all the three speeds. Two geethams each in a different raga will be taught. This level enhances…  

Topics covered:
  • Dattu Varsais
  • Melsthayi varisais ( higher octave excercises )
  • Geethams
  • Sarali Varisais in different ragas
  • Theory
Prerequisites:

The student should have completed the Carnatic Vocal Beginner 103 course with the Shankar Mahadevan Academy.

Overview:

The Sa Level Exam consists of 2 contact review class for an hour, a written exam (take home assignment) and a viva voce. Viva voce session is up to 1 hour long. The student will have access to the exam OM Book as soon as they enroll. The actual exam…  

Topics covered:
  • Sarali Varisai
  • Janta varisai
  • Melsthayi Varisai
  • Geetham
  • Divyanama keertana
  • Nottu Swara
  • Theory
Prerequisites:

Student should have completed CV103 or should have knowledge of all basic exercises of Carnatic music, Geethams and should be familiar with a few basic ragas.

 

Student must complete CVESa exam with a passing grade of Honors or above

Overview:

The student will be introduced to Carnatic exercises that aid in voice culture, understanding of different patterns of notes and detailed structure of Tala. Basic Laya exercises (alankarams), which form the basis of all mathematical calculations in …  

Topics covered:
  • Melsthayi Varisais
  • Alankarams
  • Geethams
  • Creative excersises
  • Keerthana
Prerequisites:

Student should have completed CV101, 102, 103 and 104 or should know Basics of Carnatic music, be familiar with Talams, alankarams. Should know a few geethams. Should be familiar with and be able to identify ragams-shankarabharana,Mayamalavagowla,Mohana,Malahari, and sing in correct pitch.

 

Student must complete CVESa exam with a passing grade of Honors or above.

Overview:

Students will be introduced to more rigorous forms of exercises in different ragams helping them enhance their range and repertoire of different scales. Voice culture exercises help in improving the range and enhancing the voice culture of the stude…  

Topics covered:
  • Bhriga Sadhaka varisais
  • Swarajathi - Bilahari
  • Anandabhairavi geetham
  • Kalyani Geetham
  • Kamboji - Geetham
  • Theory
  • Divyanama Keerthana
Prerequisites:

Student should have completed CV101, 102, 103, 104, 105 or should know Basics of Carnatic music, Familiarity with Talams, alankarams. Should know about 4 geethams and also Swarajathis. Should be familiar with and be able to identify the ragams. Student should be able to sing all carnatic exercises with ease. Level description: The student will learn the lower sthayi varisais here. Will also learn two more swarajathis. The student will also be introduced to Lakshana geethams.

Student must complete CVESa exam with a passing grade of Honors or above

Overview:

Students will learn to sing the lower Sthayi varisais and will continue to learn more Swarajathis in different ragams introducing them to more ragams. A slight variation if the Geetham is introduced here – Lakshana Geetham (which describes the…  

Topics covered:
  • Keezhsthayi Exercises
  • Geetham - Anandabhairavi
  • Swarajathi - Khamas
  • Lakshana Geetham
  • Theory
  • Swarajathi-Kharaharapriya (Optional)
Prerequisites:

Alankarams(3 speeds) in Shankarabaranam,Mayamalavagowla,Shuddha Saveri and Mohanam Dhaatu varisais in 3 speeds in the above 4 ragams. 2 swarajathis (eg. Ra ra venu and Sambashivayanave) 1 Lakshana Geetham Sarali varisais and janta varisais should be sung as akaram in 3 speeds and 4 ragams.

Student must complete CVESa exam with a passing grade of Honors or above

Overview:

One of the most important forms in Carnatic music ie. Tana Varnam is taught which lays the foundation for all further learning. Krithis are also introduced in this course. Kriti Is the highest musical form. It has clear divisions in terms of Pallavi…  

Topics covered:
  • Shankarabharanam varanam
  • Basic Exercises in Shankarabaranam
  • Mohana Varnam
  • Basic Exercises in Mohana
  • Annamacharya Krithi
  • Purandara Dasa Devaranama
Prerequisites:

Alankarams (3 speeds ) in Shankarabaranam, Mayamalavagowla,Shuddha Saveri and Mohanam Dhaatu varisais in 3 speeds in the above 4 ragams. 2 swarajathis (eg. Ra ra venu and Sambashivayanave) 1 Lakshana Geetham Sarali varisais and janta varisais should be sung as akaram in 3 speeds and 4 ragams.

Student must complete CVESa exam with a passing grade of Honors or above

Overview:

One of the most important forms in Carnatic music ie. Tana Varnam is taught which lays the foundation for all further learning. Krithis are also introduced in this course. Krithi is the highest musical form. It has clear divisions in terms of Pallav…  

Topics covered:
  • Varnam
  • Devotional Songs
  • Basic Exercises
Prerequisites:

: Basics of Carnatic music, Familiarity with Talams, alankarams. Should know more than 4 geethams and also Swarajathis.Student should also know 2 lakshana geethams, atleast 4 varnams and a few krithis. Student should also be familiar with and be able to identify the ragams. Should be able to sing the basic exercises in different ragas. The student should know the Scales ( arohana and avarohana ) of all ragams.

 

Student must complete CVESa exam with a passing grade of Honors or above.

Overview:

The student will continue learning few more Varnams in different ragas and will also learn Keerthanas of different composers. The concept of singing the Varnam in two speeds will also be learnt.  

Topics covered:
  • Varnams
  • Kritis
  • Theory
Prerequisites:

The student should have completed upto Carnatic Vocal Beginner 109 course at the Shankar Mahadevan Academy 

Overview:

The Ri Level Exam consists of 1 contact review class for an hour, a written exam (take home assignment) and a viva voce. Viva voce session is up to 1 hour long. The student will have access to the exam OM Book as soon as they enroll. The actual exam…  

Topics covered:
  • Alankaras
  • Geetham
  • Lakshana Geetham
  • Swarajathi
  • Varnams
  • Kritis
  • Theory
Prerequisites:

Student should have completed CVS101 or 

The students should know to sing the swara jathis and the lakshana geethams. Students should be able to sing in selected pitch and sing the scales of shankarabaranam, Mayamalavagowla , Kalyani and Kharaharapriya well.

 

 

Overview:

Shri Muthuswamy Dixitar,Patnam Subrahmanya Iyer and Shri Ramakrishna Bhagavatar have contributed immensly to Cartatic music. Their music pieces give a deeper and philosophical meaning of our existence on earth. Their lives revolved around three…  

Topics covered:
  • Vinayaka ninnu-Hamsadhwani
  • Garuda Gamana-Nagaswaravali
  • Sri Guruguha-Shudhdhasaveri
Prerequisites:

The students should know to sing the swara jathis and the lakshana geethams. Students should be able to sing in selected pitch and sing the scales of shankarabaranam, Mayamalavagowla , Kalyani and Kharaharapriya well.

Overview:

Naadabrahma Shri Thyagaraja Swamy was a devotee of lord Rama. His music pieces give a deeper and philosophical meaning of our existence on earth. His life revolved around three aspects - spirituality, music,and godliness, which saw a perfect synchro…  

Topics covered:
  • Thyagaraja Kritis
  • Namo namo raghajavaya
Prerequisites:

Anyone who has completed CV109 with the academy or anyone who knows at least 6 tana varnams in 2 speeds and 6 kritis .

Overview:

Their music pieces give a deeper and philosophical meaning of our existence on earth. Their lives revolved around three aspects - spirituality, music,and godliness, which saw a perfect synchronization of these three characteristics.  These comp…  

Topics covered:
  • Kritis
Prerequisites:

Those who have completed CV109 with the academy. Those who have had at least 2 years of training and can sing 7 tana varnams in two speeds and 2 kritis.

Student must complete CVERe exam with a passing grade of Honors or above.

Overview:

Learning more varnams and kritis give us a deeper insight into the music. The way the ragas move in every composition . The creativity of the composer. Varnams give a good grip over laya. Kritis pave way for creativity in the student.  

Topics covered:
  • Varnams
  • Kritis
  • Theory
Prerequisites:

Those who have completed CV201 with the academy. Those who have trained at least 2 years and are able to sing 5 tana varnams in two speeds and are able to identify and sing the twelve swarasthanas with perfection.

Student must complete CVERe exam with a passing grade of Honors or above.

Overview:

In this course, which is the 2nd of the Intermediate level, the student continues his/her journey exploring new ragas and also compsotions. The student will learn an Adi tala Varnam in the Bhashanga raga Saranga and two krithis in Prathi Madhayama R…  

Topics covered:
  • Varnams
  • Kritis
  • Tillana
  • Theory
Prerequisites:

Those who have completed CV202 with the academy. Those who have had at least 2 years of training and can sing 8 tana varnams in two speeds and 4 kritis.

Student must complete CVERe exam with a passing grade of Honors or above.

Overview:

The student needs to increase his repertoire of compositions constantly.Learning more varnams and kritis give us a deeper insight into the music,the way the ragas move in every composition, the creativity of the composer. Varnams give a good grip ov…  

Topics covered:
  • Varnam
  • Kriti
  • Kriti ( Chowka kalam )
  • Keertana
  • Theory
Prerequisites:

Those who have completed CV203 with the academy. Those who have had at least 2.5 years of training and can sing 9 tana varnams in two speeds and 6 kritis.

Student must complete CVERe exam with a passing grade of Honors or above.

Overview:

The student needs to increase his repertoire of compositions constantly.Learning more varnams and kritis give us a deeper insight into the music,the way the ragas move in every composition, the creativity of the composer. Varnams give a good grip ov…  

Topics covered:
  • Varnams
  • Kritis
  • Theory
  • Manodharma Sangeetha
Prerequisites:

Those who have completed CV204 with the academy. Those who have had at least 3 years of training and can sing 10 tana varnams in two speeds and 8 kritis.

Student must complete CVERe exam with a passing grade of Honors or above.

Overview:

The student needs to increase his repertoire of compositions constantly.Learning more varnams and kritis give us a deeper insight into the music,the way the ragas move in every composition, the creativity of the composer. Varnams give a good grip ov…  

Topics covered:
  • Varnams
  • Kritis
  • RagaMalika
  • Theory
Prerequisites:

Those who have completed CV205 with the academy. Those who have had at least 3 years of training and can sing 11 tana varnams in two speeds and 10 kritis.

Student must complete CVEGa exam with a passing grade of Honors or above.

Overview:

The student needs to increase his repertoire of compositions constantly.Learning more varnams and kritis give us a deeper insight into the music,the way the ragas move in every composition, the creativity of the composer. Varnams give a good grip ov…  

Topics covered:
  • Varnam
  • Kritis
  • Theory
Prerequisites:

Those who have completed CV206 with the academy. Those who have had at least 3 years of training and can sing 12 tana varnams in two speeds and 12 kritis.

Student must complete CVEGa exam with a passing grade of Honors or above.

Overview:

The student needs to increase his repertoire of compositions constantly.Learning more varnams and kritis give us a deeper insight into the music,the way the ragas move in every composition, the creativity of the composer. Varnams give a good grip ov…  

Topics covered:
  • Varnam
  • Kritis
  • Theory
Prerequisites:

Those who have completed CV207 with the academy. Those who have had at least 3.5 years of training and can sing 12 tana varnams and one pada varnam in two speeds and 14 kritis.

Student must complete CVEGa exam with a passing grade of Honors or above.

Overview:

The student needs to increase his repertoire of compositions constantly.Learning more varnams and kritis give us a deeper insight into the music,the way the ragas move in every composition, the creativity of the composer. Learning complicated Varnam…  

Topics covered:
  • Varnam
  • Kritis
  • Theory
Prerequisites:

Those who have completed CV208 with the academy. Those who have had at least 3.5 years of training and can sing 12 tana varnams and one pada varnam and one ata thala varnam in two speeds and 16 kritis.

Student must complete CVEGa exam with a passing grade of Honors or above.

Overview:

Learning complicated Varnams will help in laying a very strong foundation for all advanced learning particularly in the creative aspects of music and also help in getting a firm grip over rhythmical aspects. The student is introduced to new types of…  

Topics covered:
  • varnam
  • Kritis
  • Navagraha Kriti
  • Javali
  • Theory
Prerequisites:

Those who have completed CV209 with the academy. Those who have had at least 3.5 years of training and can sing 12 tana varnams and one pada varnam and one ata thala varnam in two speeds and 16 kritis.

Student must complete CVEGa exam with a passing grade of Honors or above.

Overview:

The student is introduced to new types of compositions that are sung in the tail end of the concerts like Tillana. Tillana are useful compositions to understand the kind of music that is sung for dance. The structure of the compositions used in danc…  

Topics covered:
  • Kritis
  • Tillana
  • Theory
  • Manodharma
Prerequisites:

Should have completed CV203.

Overview:

  This course consists of kritis by Saint Thyagaraja.Thyagaraja’s compositions are unique and give us infinite possibilities for imaginative music ( manodharma sangeetham ) because of the raga bhava inherent in his compositions.The studen…  

Topics covered:
  • Bantureethi-Hamsanada-Adi
  • Raghunayaka-Hamsadhwani-Adi
  • Needayarada-Vasanthabhairavi-Rupaka
  • Nada Tanumanisham
Prerequisites:

The student should have completed Carnatic Vocal Intermediate CV205 course at the academy OR the student should have the learning experience of carnatic classical music for about 3 to 4 years - student should be able to sing Varnams, Krithis and Manodharma for any or all of ragas mentioned in the course.

Overview:

The Ga Level Exam consists of 4 contact review classes, a written exam (take home assignment) and a viva voce. The student will have access to the exam OM Book as soon as they enroll. The actual exam will be scheduled based on the student's con…  

Topics covered:
  • Varnas
  • Krithis
  • Tillana
  • Manodharma
  • Theory
Prerequisites:

The student should have completed Carnatic Vocal Intermediate CV210 course at the academy OR the student should have the learning experience of carnatic classical music for at least 4 to 5 years - student should be able to sing Varnams, Krithis and Manodharma for Ragas mentioned in the course.

Overview:

The Ma Level Exam consists of 2 contact review class for an hour, a written exam (take home assignment) and a viva voce. The Viva voce session is up to 1 hour long. The student will have access to the exam OM Book as soon as they enroll. The actual …  

Topics covered:
  • Varnas
  • Krithis
  • Tillana
  • Javali
  • Manodharma - Alapana, Kalpana Swara and Neraval
  • Theory
Prerequisites:

Student should have finished intermediate level CV210. Should be in a position to perform alapana, kalpana swara and niravel on Simple raagas.

Overview:

Introducing compositions that are desnse lyrically and rhythmically. Understand how by manipulating the pace and setting the raga appropriately the difficulty is hidden from the listener. Learn a concert center piece (a.k.a. main item) as well as a …  

Topics covered:
  • Kritis
  • Keertana
  • Theory
  • Manodharma
Prerequisites:

Student should have finished CV302

Overview:

The module is loaded with a Pancharatna composition in Aarabhi.As the name itself suggests, there are 5 compositions which are composed exclusively in 'Ghana ragas'.This module encompasses a Muthutandavar composition along with manodharma sangeetha.  

Topics covered:
  • Kritis
  • Theory
Prerequisites:

Student should have finished advanced level CV302.

Overview:

This module introduces the student the centerpiece of dance music viz. pada varnam, composed by a contemporary master. A magnum opus composition in an expansive traditional raga is also studied as required learning in any intermediate/advanced carna…  

Topics covered:
  • Varnam
  • Kriti
  • Swarajathi
  • Theory
Prerequisites:

Student should have finished advanced module CV303.Learnt at least 1 Pancharatna composition.

Overview:

Introducing compositions that are dense lyrically and rhythmically.Understand how by manipulating the pace and setting the raga appropriately the difficulty is hidden from the listener. The module is rounded off by a smaller composition set in a rak…  

Topics covered:
  • Kritis
  • Theory
Prerequisites:

Those who have completed the CV304 from the Academy. Those who have trained in Carnatic music for at least 6 years and a strong foundation of Varnams, Kritis and singing kalpana swaras and alapanas.

Overview:

Half way through the advanced training of 300 series. The student is now ready to give short concert performances. With this module, the insight into different ragas are further honed through grand composition in varied thalas. Here Devagandhari, is…  

Topics covered:
  • Kritis
  • Theory
Prerequisites:

Those who have completed the CV305 from the Academy. Those who have trained in Carnatic music for at least 6 years and a strong foundation of Varnams, Kritis and singing kalpana swaras and alapanas.

Overview:

This course takes the student further into the depths of our music through more compositions of different composers. New ragas and their scope are explored . Purvikalyani, as a raga is delved in detail as a center piece in the concert. Oothukadu Ven…  

Topics covered:
  • Kritis
  • Manodharma
  • Theory
Prerequisites:

Those who have completed the CV306 from the Academy. Those who have trained in Carnatic music for at least 6.5 years and a strong foundation of Varnams, Kritis and singing kalpana swaras and alapanas.

Overview:

As we learn more and varied compositions, our insight of music and perception keeps getting better. Thiagaraja’s grand Ghana raga pancharatna is a must for all music students. Here we learn the last one in sree raga. The unique feature of this…  

Topics covered:
  • Kritis
  • Theory
Prerequisites:

Those who have completed the CV307 from the Academy. Those who have trained in Carnatic music for at least 6.5 years and a strong foundation of Varnams, Kritis and singing kalpana swaras and alapanas.

Overview:

This module takes us one step further into the depths of our music through two very grand compositions One , is a ragamalika with nine different ragas by swati tirunal describing the entire story of Ramayana through song. Here we are able to learn t…  

Topics covered:
  • Raju vedala- Thodi-Shri Thyagaraja
  • Kamalamba- Anandabhairavi-Muthuswamy Dixitar
  • Devaranama
  • Manodharma
  • Theory
Prerequisites:

Those who have completed the CV308 from the Academy. Those who have trained in Carnatic music for at least 7 years and a strong foundation of Varnams, Kritis and singing kalpana swaras and alapanas.

Overview:

Here , the learning done so far is going to help understand and create an entire pallavi. This is purely the creation of the student. Here the student learns what goes into making a pallavi. What are the salient features to be kept in mind while cre…  

Topics covered:
  • Kannatandri-Devamanohari-Adi
  • Ethaunnara-Kalyani-Adi
  • Shankari Shankuru-Saveri-Adi(Trisra nadai)
Overview:

Introducing compositions that are desnse lyrically and rhythmically.Understand how by manipulating the pace and setting the raga appropriately the difficulty is hidden from the listener. The module is rounded off by a smaller composition set in a ra…  

Topics covered:
  • Kamalam Bhajare-Kalyani-Adi
  • Enduku Peddala-Shankarabharana-Adi
  • Akhilandeshwari-Dwijavanti-Adi
  • Manodharma
Prerequisites:

Those who have completed the CV309 from the Academy. Those who have trained in Carnatic music for at least 7.5 years and a strong foundation of Varnams, Kritis and singing kalpana swaras and alapanas as well as been introduced to Ragam, thanam and Pallavi singing.

Overview:

From the very first level, emphasis will be laid on performances. The selection of compositions are in such a way that there will be a sub –main piece and a main piece which can be featured in a concert . Both these pieces give ample scope for…  

Topics covered:
  • Varna
  • Kriti
  • Manodharma
Prerequisites:

Those who have completed the CV401 from the Academy. Those who have trained in Carnatic music for at least 8 years and a strong foundation of Varnams, Kritis and singing kalpana swaras and alapanas as well as been introduced to Ragam, thanam and Pallavi singing.

Overview:

Those who have completed the CV401 from the Academy. Those who have trained in Carnatic music for at least 8 years and a strong foundation of Varnams, Kritis and singing kalpana swaras and alapanas as well as been introduced to Ragam, thanam an…  

Topics covered:
  • Kritis
  • Manodharma
Prerequisites:

Those who have completed the CV402 from the Academy. Those who have trained in Carnatic music for at least 8 years and a strong foundation of Varnams, Kritis and singing kalpana swaras and alapanas as well as been introduced to Ragam, thanam and Pallavi singing.

Overview:

In this level , rakthi ragas like Begada and Dhanyasi are taught in great detail to sing ragam, thanam , niraval and swara prasthara. A self-study of devakriya kriti to develop the ability to listen , decode and write notations for the same. The stu…  

Topics covered:
  • Kritis
  • Manodharma
Prerequisites:

Those who have completed the CV403 from the Academy. Those who have trained in Carnatic music for at least 8 .5 years and a strong foundation of Varnams, Kritis and singing kalpana swaras and alapanas as well as been introduced to Ragam, thanam and Pallavi singing.

Overview:

In this level , students will learn to sing in detail ragas like Kalyanavasantham and Suruti. In this they will train to sing raga, thanam ,niraval and swara prasthara in at least two speeds. In self study they will listen to and decode the swaras o…  

Topics covered:
  • Kritis
  • Geetarthamu-Suruti
  • Tiruppugazh
  • Manodharma
Prerequisites:

Those who have completed the CV404 from the Academy. Those who have trained in Carnatic music for at least 8 .5 years and a strong foundation of Varnams, Kritis and singing kalpana swaras and alapanas as well as been introduced to Ragam, thanam and Pallavi singing.

Overview:

In this level , the students will learn a navagraha kriti . The student also learns how to sing the raga alapana of Asaveri and also how to put swaras for a challenging tala like Matya tala.Harikambodhi is handled in great detail as ragam , thalam…  

Topics covered:
  • varna
  • Kritis
  • Manodharma
Prerequisites:

Those who have completed the CV405 from the Academy. Those who have trained in Carnatic music for at least 8 .5 years and a strong foundation of Varnams, Kritis and singing kalpana swaras and alapanas as well as been introduced to Ragam, thanam and Pallavi singing.

Overview:

In this level, the student handles in detail vasantha raga which is a Panchama varja raga. Here again the thala is also challenging as well as the composition. The student learns to sing niraval and swaraprasthara for this in at least two speeds. V…  

Topics covered:
  • Varna
  • Kritis
  • Manodharma
Prerequisites:

Those who have completed the CV406 from the Academy. Those who have trained in Carnatic music for at least 9 years and a strong foundation of Varnams, Kritis and singing kalpana swaras and alapanas as well as been introduced to Ragam, thanam and Pallavi singing.

Overview:

In this level, the student learns to handle in detail rakti ragas like Anandabhairavi which can be sung as a main piece or sung as RTP. The student also learns one of the Avarna Kritis of Dikshitar in M. Chapu . Here to sing swaras in an emotive r…  

Topics covered:
  • Kritis
  • Folk song
  • Manodharma
  • Theory
Prerequisites:

The student should have completed Carnatic Vocal Intermediate CV308 course at the academy OR the student should have the learning experience of carnatic classical music for at least  5 years - student should be able to sing Varnams, Krithis and Manodharma for Ragas mentioned in the course.

Overview:

The Pa Level Exam consists of 3 contact review class for an hour, a written exam (take home assignment) and a viva voce. The Viva voce session is up to 1 hour long. The student will have access to the exam OM Book as soon as they enroll. The actual …  

Topics covered:
  • Varnam
  • Pancharathna Krithis
  • Krithis
  • Theory
Prerequisites:

A basic knowledge of the swaras and swarasthanas in Carnatic Music would be good. Alternatively, students who have completed CVOC 103 with the Academy or HVOC 102 with the Academy are suitable to choose this as an elective course.

Overview:

This course will focus on 3, very beautiful, well known and popular compositions. The compositions are in Nattai, Hindolam and a Ragamalika. The first is Maha Ganapathim, a composition by Sri. Mutthuswami. Dikshitar, one of our Trinity composers. Th…  

Topics covered:
  • Maha Ganapathim
  • Yaare Rangana
  • Theeradha Vilayatu Pillai
Prerequisites:

A basic knowledge of the Swaras and Swarasthanas in Carnatic Music would be good. Alternatively, students who have completed CVOC 103 with the Academy or HVOC 102 with the Academy are suitable to choose this as an elective course.

Overview:

This course will focus on 3, very beautiful, well known and popular compositions. The compositions are in the Ragams Bowli, Kapi and Revathi. The first is Sriman Narayana, a composition by Annamacharya who is also fondly known as Annamayya. This son…  

Topics covered:
  • Sriman Narayana
  • Enna Thavam
  • Bho Shambo
Prerequisites:

A basic knowledge of the swaras and swarasthanas in Carnatic Music would be good. Alternatively, students who have completed CVOC 103 with the Academy or HVOC 102 with the Academy are suitable to choose this as an elective course.

Overview:

This course will focus on 3, very beautiful, well known and popular compositions. The compositions are in Ragamalika, Yamunakalyani and Rathipathipriya. The first is Kurai Onrum Illai, a Tamil composition written by C.Rajagopalachari fondly known as…  

Topics covered:
  • Kurai Onrum Illai
  • Krishna Nee Begane
  • Jagajanani
Prerequisites:

Anyone who has learnt the basics of Carnatic music and needs a revision of important basic exercises and lessons.

Overview:

The course is for anyone who would like to refresh or revise the course material from Sarali varisais right upto a few swarajathis and geethams. This is a 12 weeks course that will help with going over important basic Carnatic Lessons. This course c…  

Topics covered:
  • Basic Exercises
  • Geethams
  • Lakshana Geetham
  • Swarajathis
Prerequisites:

The student should have completed the CV204 course at the academy or should have learnt at least 5 to 6 varnams in the basic ragas, 10 krithis in madhyama kala as well as vilamba kala. The student should be able to understand and sing with basic Gamakas, shruthi and Tala.

Overview:

This course , the first in the Raga Deep Dive series provides a detailed insight into Raga Thodi. Hanumath Thodi is the 8th Melakartha raga in the 72 melakartha raga scheme. Singing a Raga is much more than just making permutations and combinations …  

Topics covered:
  • Swara Exercises
  • Varnam
  • Krithis
  • Manodharma - Kaddanu variki
Taal or Talam: Adi   Raga: Kalyani   Composer: Ramanathapuram Srinivasa Iyengar   Song Type: Varnam   Skill Level: CV109  
Prerequisites:

Skill Level CV109

Overview:

Vanajakshiro is an enjoyable varnam. It contains the choicest phrases of Kalyani.  

Topics covered:
  • Introduction
  • Part 1 (Pallavi)
  • Part 2 (Anupallavi)
  • Part 3 (Charanam)
  • Putting it all together
Taal or Talam: Adi   Raga: Abhogi   Composer: Patnam Subrahmanya Iyer   Song Type: Varnam   Skill Level: CV108  
Prerequisites:

Skill Level CV108

Overview:

Evvari bodhana is an often sung varnam. It conveys the essence of Abhogi.  

Topics covered:
  • Introduction
  • Part 1 (Pallavi)
  • Part 2 (Anupallavi)
  • Part 3 (Charanam)
  • Putting it all together
Taal or Talam: Adi   Raga: Hamsadhwani   Composer: Manambuccavadi Venkata Subbayyar   Song Type: Varnam   Skill Level: CV108  
Prerequisites:

Skill Level CV108

Overview:

Jalajaksha is an often sung varnam. It paints a comprehensive picture of Hamsadhwani.  

Topics covered:
  • Introduction
  • Part 1 (Pallavi)
  • Part 2 (Anupallavi)
  • Part 3 (Charanam)
  • Putting it all together
Taal or Talam: Adi   Raga: Vasantha   Composer: Taccur Singaracari   Song Type: Varnam   Skill Level: CV109  
Prerequisites:

Skill Level CV109

Overview:

Ninnekori is an enjoyable varnam. It contains the choicest phrases of Vasantha.  

Topics covered:
  • Introduction
  • Part 1 (Pallavi)
  • Part 2 (Anupallavi)
  • Part 3 (Charanam)
  • Putting it all together
Taal or Talam: Adi   Raga: Mohanam   Composer: Ramanathapuram Srinivasa Iyengar   Song Type: Varnam   Skill Level: CV107  
Prerequisites:

Skill Level CV107

Overview:

Ninnukori is an often sung varnam. It contains the choicest phrases of Mohanam.  

Topics covered:
  • Introduction
  • Part 1 (Pallavi)
  • Part 2 (Anupallavi)
  • Part 3 (Charanam)
  • Putting it all together
Taal or Talam: Adi   Raga: Shankarabharanam   Composer: Veenai Kuppayyar   Song Type: Varnam   Skill Level: CV107  
Prerequisites:

Skill Level CV107

Overview:

Sami ninne is an enjoyable varnam. It conveys the essence of Shankarabharanam.  

Topics covered:
  • Introduction
  • Part 1 (Pallavi)
  • Part 2 (Anupallavi)
  • Part 3 (Charanam)
  • Putting it all together
Taal or Talam: Adi   Raga: Panthuvarali   Composer: Sadkala Narasayya   Song Type: Varnam   Skill Level: CV201  
Prerequisites:

Skill Level CV201

Overview:

Sami ninne is an enjoyable varnam. It contains the choicest phrases of Panthuvarali.  

Topics covered:
  • Introduction
  • Part 1 (Pallavi)
  • Part 2 (Anupallavi)
  • Part 3 (Charanam)
  • Putting it all together
Taal or Talam: Adi   Raga: Saveri   Composer: Kottavasal Venkataramaiyer   Song Type: Varnam   Skill Level: CV204  
Prerequisites:

Skill Level CV204

Overview:

Sarasuda is an enjoyable varnam. It paints a comprehensive picture of Saveri.  

Topics covered:
  • Introduction
  • Part 1 (Pallavi)
  • Part 2 (Anupallavi)
  • Part 3 (Charanam)
  • Putting it all together
Taal or Talam: Adi   Raga: Sahana   Composer: Tiruvorriyur Tyagayyar   Song Type: Varnam   Skill Level: CV205  
Prerequisites:

Skill Level CV205

Overview:

Karunimpa is an often sung varnam. It contains the choicest phrases of Sahana.  

Topics covered:
  • Introduction
  • Part 1 (Pallavi)
  • Part 2 (Anupallavi)
  • Part 3 (Charanam)
  • Putting it all together
Taal or Talam: Adi   Raga: Begada   Composer: Vinai Kuppayyar   Song Type: Varnam   Skill Level: CV206  
Prerequisites:

Skill Level CV206

Overview:

Intha chalamu is a well-known varnam. It contains the choicest phrases of Begada.  

Topics covered:
  • Introduction
  • Part 1 (Pallavi)
  • Part 2 (Anupallavi)
  • Part 3 (Charanam)
  • Putting it all together
Taal or Talam: Adi   Raga: Nattakurinji   Composer: Mulaivittu Rangasami Nattuvanar   Song Type: Varnam   Skill Level: CV209  
Prerequisites:

Skill Level CV209

Overview:

Chalamela is a well-known varnam. It conveys the essence of Nattakurinji.  

Topics covered:
  • Introduction
  • Part 1 (Pallavi)
  • Part 2 (Anupallavi)
  • Part 3 (Charanam)
  • Putting it all together
Taal or Talam: Rupakam   Raga: Mayamalavagowla   Composer: Swati Tirunal   Song Type: Kriti   Skill Level: CV109  
Prerequisites:

Skill Level CV109

Overview:

Deva Deva Kalayami is a popular stage song, and one of the best known songs in Raga Mayamalavagowla.  

Topics covered:
  • Introduction
  • Part 1 (Pallavi)
  • Part 2 (Anupallavi)
  • Part 3 (Charanam)
  • Putting it all together
Taal or Talam: Adi   Raga: Mohanam   Composer: M Dikshitar   Song Type: Kriti   Skill Level: CV109  
Prerequisites:

Skill Level CV109

Overview:

Gopika Manoharam is a popular stage song, and one of the best known songs in Raga Mohanam.  

Topics covered:
  • Introduction
  • Part 1 (Pallavi)
  • Part 2 (Anupallavi)
  • Part 3 (Charanam)
  • Putting it all together
Taal or Talam: Adi   Raga: Chandrakauns   Composer: Purandaradasa   Song Type: Devaranama   Skill Level: CV108  
Prerequisites:

Skill Level CV108

Overview:

Kandena govindana is a popular stage song, and one of the few known songs in Raga Chandrakauns.  

Topics covered:
  • Introduction
  • Part 1 (Pallavi)
  • Part 2 (Anupallavi)
  • Part 3 (Charanam)
  • Putting it all together
Song Type: Kirtana   Taal or Talam: Adi   Raga: Anandabhairavi   Skill Level: CV108  
Prerequisites:

Skill Level CV108

Overview:

Nandanandana is a popular stage song, and one of the best known songs in Raga Anandabhairavi.  

Topics covered:
  • Introduction
  • Part 1 (Pallavi)
  • Part 2 (Anupallavi)
  • Part 3 (Charanam)
  • Putting it all together
Taal or Talam: Adi   Raga: Bowli   Composer: Annamacharya   Song Type: Pada   Skill Level: CV107  
Prerequisites:

Skill Level CV107

Overview:

Sriman Narayana is a popular stage song, and one of the best known songs in Raga Bowli.  

Topics covered:
  • Introduction
  • Part 1 (Pallavi)
  • Part 2 (Anupallavi)
  • Part 3 (Charanam)
  • Putting it all together
Taal or Talam: Adi   Raga: Hindolam   Composer: Purandaradasa   Song Type: Devaranama   Skill Level: CV107  
Prerequisites:

Skill Level CV107

Overview:

Yaare Rangana is a popular stage song, and one of the best known songs in Raga Hindolam.  

Topics covered:
  • Introduction
  • Part 1 (Pallavi)
  • Part 2 (Anupallavi)
  • Part 3 (Charanam)
  • Putting it all together
Taal or Talam: Adi   Raga: Sriranjani   Composer: Papanasam Sivan   Song Type: Kriti   Skill Level: CV201  
Prerequisites:

Skill Level CV201

Overview:

Gajavadana is a popular stage song, and one of the best known songs in Raga Sriranjani.  

Topics covered:
  • Introduction
  • Part 1 (Pallavi)
  • Part 2 (Anupallavi)
  • Part 3 (Charanam)
  • Putting it all together
Taal or Talam: Adi   Raga: Karnataka Shuddha Saveri   Composer: M Dikshitar   Song Type: Kriti   Skill Level: CV201  
Prerequisites:

Skill Level CV201

Overview:

Ekambresa Nayike is a popular stage song, and one of the few known songs in Raga Karnataka shuddha saveri.  

Topics covered:
  • Introduction
  • Part 1 (Pallavi)
  • Part 2 (Anupallavi)
  • Part 3 (Charanam)
  • Putting it all together
Taal or Talam: Adi   Raga: Ravichandrika   Composer: Tyagaraja   Song Type: Kriti   Skill Level: CV203  
Prerequisites:

Skill Level CV203

Overview:

Maakelara is a popular stage song, and one of the few known songs in Raga Ravichandrika.  

Topics covered:
  • Introduction
  • Part 1 (Pallavi)
  • Part 2 (Anupallavi)
  • Part 3 (Charanam)
  • Putting it all together
Taal or Talam: Adi   Raga: Hemavathi   Composer: M Dikshitar   Song Type: Kriti   Skill Level: CV203  
Prerequisites:

Skill Level CV203

Overview:

Sri Kanthimathim is a popular stage song, and one of the best known songs in Raga Hemavathi.  

Topics covered:
  • Introduction
  • Part 1 (Pallavi)
  • Part 2 (Anupallavi)
  • Part 3 (Charanam)
  • Putting it all together
Taal or Talam: Adi   Raga: Rathipathipriya   Composer: Ghanam Krishnaiyer   Song Type: Kriti   Skill Level: CV203  
Prerequisites:

Skill Level CV203

Overview:

Jagatjanani is a popular stage song, and is the best known song in Raga Rathipathipriya.  

Topics covered:
  • Introduction
  • Part 1 (Pallavi)
  • Part 2 (Anupallavi)
  • Part 3 (Charanam)
  • Putting it all together
Taal or Talam: Rupakam   Raga: Arabhi   Composer: M Dikshitar   Song Type: Kriti   Skill Level: CV204  
Prerequisites:

The student should have learnt all the basics of carnatic music upto a couple of Varnams.

Overview:

Sri Saraswati is a popular stage song, and one of the best known songs in Raga Arabhi.  

Topics covered:
  • Introduction
  • Part 1 (Pallavi)
  • Part 2 (Samishti Charanam)
  • Putting it all together
Taal or Talam: Adi   Raga: Madhyamavathi   Composer: Papanasam Sivan   Song Type: Kriti   Skill Level: CV204  
Prerequisites:

Skill Level CV204

Overview:

Saravanabhavaguhane is a popular stage song, and one of the best known songs in Raga Madhyamavathi.  

Topics covered:
  • Introduction
  • Part 1 (Pallavi)
  • Part 2 (Anupallavi)
  • Part 3 (Charanam)
  • Putting it all together
Taal or Talam: Desadi   Raga: Shanmukhapriya   Composer: Gopalakrishna Bharati   Song Type: Kriti   Skill Level: CV204  
Prerequisites:

Skill Level CV204

Overview:

Bhavasagaram is a popular stage song, and one of the best known songs in Raga Shanmukhapriya.  

Topics covered:
  • Introduction
  • Part 1 (Pallavi)
  • Part 2 (Anupallavi)
  • Part 3 (Charanam)
  • Putting it all together
Taal or Talam: Desadi   Raga: Lathangi   Composer: Patnam   Song Type: Kriti   Skill Level: CV205  
Prerequisites:

Skill Level CV205

Overview:

Aparadhamulan is a popular stage song, and one of the best known songs in Raga Lathangi.  

Topics covered:
  • Introduction
  • Part 1 (Pallavi)
  • Part 2 (Anupallavi)
  • Part 3 (Charanam)
  • Putting it all together
Taal or Talam: Adi   Raga: Khamboji   Composer: Tyagaraja   Song Type: Kriti   Skill Level: CV205  
Prerequisites:

Skill Level CV205

Overview:

Sri Raghuvara is a popular Tyagaraka Krithi and one of the best known songs in Raga Khamboji.  

Topics covered:
  • Introduction
  • Part 1
  • Part 2
  • Putting it all together
Song Type: Kriti   Raga: Ragamalika   Skill Level: CV205   Composer: Bharathiyar  
Prerequisites:

Skill Level CV205

Overview:

Ganapathirayan is a popular stage song, and is a Ragamalika.  

Topics covered:
  • Introduction
  • Part 1 (Pallavi)
  • Part 2 (Anupallavi)
  • Part 3 (Charanam)
  • Putting it all together
Taal or Talam: Rupakam   Raga: Saranga   Composer: M Dikshitar   Song Type: Kriti   Skill Level: CV206  
Prerequisites:

Skill Level CV206

Overview:

Arunachalanatham is a popular stage song, and one of the best known songs in Raga Saranga.  

Topics covered:
  • Introduction
  • Part 1 (Pallavi)
  • Part 2 (Anupallavi)
  • Part 3 (Charanam)
  • Putting it all together
Taal or Talam: Misra Chapu   Raga: Panthuvarali   Composer: M Dikshitar   Song Type: Kriti   Skill Level: CV206  
Prerequisites:

Skill Level CV206

Overview:

Visalaksheem is a popular stage song, and one of the best known songs in Raga Panthuvarali.  

Topics covered:
  • Introduction
  • Part 1 (Pallavi)
  • Part 2 (Anupallavi)
  • Part 3 (Charanam)
  • Putting it all together
Taal or Talam: Khanda Jampe   Raga: Bhairavi   Composer: Syama Sastri   Song Type: Kriti   Skill Level: CV206  
Prerequisites:

Skill Level CV206

Overview:

Sariyevvaramma is a popular stage song, and one of the best known songs in Raga Bhairavi.  

Topics covered:
  • Introduction
  • Part 1 (Pallavi)
  • Part 2 (Anupallavi)
  • Part 3 (Charanam)
  • Putting it all together
Taal or Talam: Misra Chapu   Raga: Shankarabharanam   Composer: Tyagaraja   Song Type: Kriti   Skill Level: CV207  
Prerequisites:

Skill Level CV207

Overview:

Manasu Swadhina is a popular stage song, and one of the best known songs in Raga Shankarabharanam.  

Topics covered:
  • Introduction
  • Part 1 (Pallavi)
  • Part 2 (Anupallavi)
  • Part 3 (Charanam)
  • Putting it all together
Taal or Talam: Adi   Raga: Keeravani   Composer: Tyagaraja   Song Type: Kriti   Skill Level: CV207  
Prerequisites:

Skill Level CV207

Overview:

Kaligiyunte is a popular stage song, and one of the best known songs in Raga Keeravani.  

Topics covered:
  • Introduction
  • Part 1 (Pallavi)
  • Part 2 (Anupallavi)
  • Part 3 (Charanam)
  • Putting it all together
Taal or Talam: Rupakam   Raga: Begada   Composer: M Dikshitar   Song Type: Kriti   Skill Level: CV207  
Prerequisites:

Skill Level CV207

Overview:

Vallabha Nayakasya is a popular stage song, and one of the best known songs in Raga Begada.  

Topics covered:
  • Introduction
  • Part 1 (Pallavi)
  • Part 2 (Anupallavi)
  • Part 3 (Charanam)
  • Putting it all together
Song Type: Kriti   Taal or Talam: Adi   Raga: Natta   Skill Level: CV109   Composer: M Dikshitar  
Prerequisites:

Skill Level CV109

Overview:

Maha Ganapathim is a popular stage song, and one of the best known songs in Raga Natta.  

Topics covered:
  • Introduction
  • Part 1 (Pallavi)
  • Part 2 (Anupallavi)
  • Part 3 (Charanam)
  • Putting it all together
Song Type: Kriti   Taal or Talam: Khanda Chapu   Raga: Ragamalika   Skill Level: CV204   Composer: Subramania Bharati  
Prerequisites:

Skill Level CV204

Overview:

Theeradha Vilayatu Pillai is a popular stage song, and a very good example of Ragamalika.  

Topics covered:
  • Introduction
  • Part 1 (Pallavi)
  • Part 2 (Anupallavi)
  • Part 3 (Charanam)
  • Putting it all together
Song Type: Kriti   Taal or Talam: Adi   Raga: Ragamalika   Skill Level: CV204   Composer: Rajaji  
Prerequisites:

Skill Level CV204

Overview:

Kurai Onrum Illai is a popular stage song composed by Shri Raajaaji, and a well known Ragamalika.  

Topics covered:
  • Introduction
  • Part 1 (Pallavi)
  • Part 2 (Anupallavi)
  • Part 3 (Charanam)
  • Putting it all together
Song Type: Kriti   Taal or Talam: Misra Chapu   Raga: Yamunakalyani   Skill Level: CV203   Composer: Vyasa Raya  
Prerequisites:

Skill Level CV203

Overview:

Krishna Nee Begane is a popular stage song, and one of the best known songs in Raga Yamunakalyani.  

Topics covered:
  • Introduction
  • Part 1 (Pallavi)
  • Part 2 (Anupallavi)
  • Part 3 (Charanam)
  • Putting it all together
Taal or Talam: Adi   Raga: Bilahari   Composer: Mysore Vasudevacharya   Song Type: Kriti   Skill Level: CV209  
Prerequisites:

Skill Level CV209

Overview:

Shri Chamundeshwari is a popular stage song, and one of the best known songs in Raga Bilahari.  

Topics covered:
  • Introduction
  • Part 1 (Pallavi)
  • Part 2 (Anupallavi)
  • Part 3 (Charanam)
  • Putting it all together
Taal or Talam: Rupakam   Raga: Amruthavarshini   Composer: Muttayyah Bhagavatar   Song Type: Kriti   Skill Level: CV202  
Prerequisites:

Skill Level CV202

Overview:

Sudha mayi is a popular stage song which is set in Amruthavarshini  

Topics covered:
  • Introduction
  • Part 1 (Pallavi)
  • Part 2 (Anupallavi)
  • Part 3 (Charanam)
  • Putting it all together
Taal or Talam: Rupakam   Raga: Kalyani   Composer: Shyama Shastri   Song Type: Kriti   Skill Level: CV202  
Prerequisites:

Skill Level CV202

Overview:

Himadri suthe is a popular composition in Kalyani  

Topics covered:
  • Introduction
  • Part 1 (Pallavi)
  • Part 2 (Anupallavi)
  • Part 3 (Charanam)
  • Putting it all together
Taal or Talam: Adi   Raga: Saveri   Composer: Mysore Sadashiva Rao   Song Type: Kriti   Skill Level: CV208  
Prerequisites:

Skill Level CV208

Overview:

Sri Kamakoti is a beautiful composition in Saveri  

Topics covered:
  • Introduction
  • Part 1 (Pallavi)
  • Part 2 (Anupallavi)
  • Part 3 (Charanam)
  • Putting it all together
Taal or Talam: Misra Chapu   Raga: Purvikalyani   Composer: Tanjore Ponnaih   Song Type: Kriti   Skill Level: CV208  
Prerequisites:

Skill Level CV208

Overview:

Saatileni is a well known composition in Purvikalyani  

Topics covered:
  • Introduction
  • Part 1 (Pallavi)
  • Part 2 (Anupallavi)
  • Part 3 (Charanam)
  • Putting it all together
Taal or Talam: Adi   Raga: Malayamaaruta   Composer: Patnam Subrahmaniah Iyer   Song Type: Kriti   Skill Level: CV205  
Prerequisites:

Skill Level CV205

Overview:

It is a popular stage song in Malayamarutha  

Topics covered:
  • Introduction
  • Part 1 (Pallavi)
  • Part 2 (Anupallavi)
  • Part 3 (Charanam)
  • Putting it all together
Song Type: Kriti   Taal or Talam: Adi   Raga: Ragamalika   Skill Level: CV204   Composer: Papanasam?  
Prerequisites:

Skill Level CV204

Overview:

Sri chakra raja is a popular stage song, and a well known Ragamalika.  

Topics covered:
  • Introduction
  • Part 1 (Pallavi)
  • Part 2 (Anupallavi)
  • Part 3 (Charanam)
  • Putting it all together
Song Type: Kriti   Taal or Talam: Adi   Raga: Kanada   Skill Level: CV204   Composer: Oothukadu  
Prerequisites:

Skill Level CV204

Overview:

Alai payudhe is a popular stage song, and one of the best known songs in Raga Kanada.  

Topics covered:
  • Introduction
  • Part 1 (Pallavi)
  • Part 2 (Anupallavi)
  • Part 3 (Charanam)
  • Putting it all together
Song Type: Kriti   Taal or Talam: Adi   Raga: Jayantasri   Skill Level: CV202   Composer: Tyagaraja  
Prerequisites:

Skill Level CV202

Overview:

Marugelara is a popular stage song, and one of the best known songs in Raga Jayantasri.  

Topics covered:
  • Introduction
  • Part 1 (Pallavi)
  • Part 2 (Anupallavi)
  • Part 3 (Charanam)
  • Putting it all together
Song Type: Kriti   Taal or Talam: Adi   Raga: Hindolam   Skill Level: CV203   Composer: Tyagaraja  
Prerequisites:

Skill Level CV203

Overview:

Samaja varagamana is a popular stage song, and one of the best known songs in Raga Hindolam.  

Topics covered:
  • Introduction
  • Part 1 (Pallavi)
  • Part 2 (Anupallavi)
  • Part 3 (Charanam)
  • Putting it all together
Prerequisites:

Alankarams (3 speeds ) in Shankarabaranam, Mayamalavagowla,Shuddha Saveri and Mohanam Dhaatu varisais in 3 speeds in the above 4 ragams. 2 swarajathis (eg. Ra ra venu and Sambashivayanave) 1 Lakshana Geetham Sarali varisais and janta varisais should be sung as akaram in 3 speeds and 4 ragams.

Overview:

One of the most important forms in Carnatic music i.e. Tana Varnam is taught which lays the foundation for all further learning. Varnams lay basics for gamaka which is one of the major traits of Carnatic music.Learning Varnams is given importan…  

Topics covered:
  • Shankarabharana-Saamininnekori
  • Kalyani-Vanajakshi
  • Mohana-Ninnukori
Overview:

This course consists of small compositions which helps students to have a strong foundation.  

Topics covered:
  • Vakratunda(Ganesha)
  • Gananatha
  • Extra Songs
  • Vandana Sree Deva
  • Saraswati(Saraswati)
  • Namami Saraswathi
Song Type: Kriti   Taal or Talam: Adi   Raga: Kapi   Skill Level: CV204   Composer: Purandaradasa  
Prerequisites:

Skill Level CV204

Overview:

Jagado dharana is a popular stage song, and one of the best known songs in Raga Kapi.  

Topics covered:
  • Introduction
  • Part 1 (Pallavi)
  • Part 2 (Anupallavi)
  • Part 3 (Charanam)
  • Putting it all together
Prerequisites:

CV201

Overview:

Bantureeti is a popular composition of Shri Thyagaraja in raga Hamsanada. In this composition Shri Thyagaraja pleads with Rama to give him the post of a guard for Raama; symbolically meaning that he always wants to be in Sri rama's sannidhi (in his …  

Topics covered:
  • Introduction to raga Hamsanada
  • Part 1 (Pallavi)
  • Part 2 (Anupallavi)
  • Part 3 (Charanam)
  • Putting it all together
Composer: Patnam_Subramanya_Iyer   Raga: nagaswaravali   Song_Type: Kriti   Skill_Level: CV109   Taal_or_Talam: Adi  
Prerequisites:

Skill Level CV209

Overview:

Garuda Gamana-is a composition of Patnam Subramanya Iyer in a rare raga NaagaswaravaLi.  

Topics covered:
  • Introduction
  • Part 1 (Pallavi)
  • Part 2 (Anupallavi)
  • Part 3 (Charanam)
  • Putting it all together
Overview:

Nagumomu is a popular composition of Shri Thyagaraja in raga Abheri. In this composition Shri Thyagaraja says he misses Lod Raama's charming smile-lit face.Knowing Thyagaraja swamy asks Lord raama to protect him through this kriti.  

Topics covered:
  • Introduction to raga Abheri
  • Nagumomu-Pallavi
  • Nagumomu-Anupallavi
  • Nagumomu-Charana
  • Nagumomu Performance
Overview:

A beautiful composition in the raga gowri manohari set to Adi tala, a composition of Garbapuri Vasan.  

Topics covered:
  • Introduction to the Raga
  • Pallavi Anupallavi and Charana of Krithi
  • Performance of the Krithi
Overview:

A Composition of Narayana Teertha, which is termed as tarangam.This composition is in raga Neelambari.This composition is one of the songs from a Sanskrit opera of Narayana Teertha.The songs are popularly called "Tarangas" means waves. The lyrics ar…  

Topics covered:
  • Introduction
  • Madhava Mamava deva
Overview:

A Thillana or thillana is a rhythmic piece in Carnatic music that is generally performed at the end of a concert and widely used in classical indian dance performances.A Thillana uses jathis(tala-like phrases) in the pallavi and anupallavi, and lyri…  

Topics covered:
  • Intoduction to thillana
  • Pallavi of Desh thillana
  • Anupallavi of Desh thillana
  • Chanara of Desh thillana
Overview:

Manasa sancharare is one of the most popular compositions of Shri Sadashiva Brumhendrar. It is set in raga Sama, tala Adi.  

Topics covered:
  • Introduction
  • Pallavi of Manasa sancharere
  • Anupallavi of Manasa sancharare
  • Charana of Manasa sancharare
  • Performance of manasa sancharare
Overview:

Naada thanumanisham is a beautiful composition by saint Thyagaraja. The composition is in the praise of lord Shankara.  

Topics covered:
  • Introduction to raga Chittaranjani
  • Naada Tanumanisham-pallavi
  • Naada Tanumanisham-Anupallavi
  • Naada Tanumanisham-Charana
Overview:

Mamava Meenakshi is a popular stage song, and one of the ghana Ragas Varali.  

Topics covered:
  • Introduction
  • Part 1 (Pallavi)
  • Part 2 (Samashtichrana)
  • Part 3 (Charanam)
Overview:

Saint Thiagaraja’s grand Ghana raga pancharatna is a must for all music students. Here we learn the last one in sree raga. The unique feature of this composition is that it starts on the second count of the thala. Here also the student is able…  

Topics covered:
  • Introduction to Pancharatna
  • Pallavi and anupallavi of Sadhinchene
  • Charanas of Sadhinchene
  • Charanas of Sadhinchene
  • Performance of Sadhinchene
Overview:

Overview Indian Hertiage is rich with simple ways of creating within us a sense of optimism and peace. They are many ways in which one can help improve one’s concentration . Yoga Meditation, Shlokas are some of the methods to help us in this. …  

Topics covered:
  • Ninne nera
Prerequisites:

Should know 10 krithis

Overview:

Tulasidala is a beautiful composition Shri thyagaraja in raga Mayamalavagowla set to rupaka tala.  

Topics covered:
  • Tulasidala
  • Basic exercises
Overview:

Saint Thiagaraja’s grand Ghana raga pancharatna is a must for all music students. Here we learn the last one in sree raga. The unique feature of this composition is that it starts on the second count of the thala. Here also the student is able…  

Topics covered:
  • Introduction
  • Pallavi and Anupallavi of Endaro Mahanubhavulu
  • Charanams of Endaro Mahanubhavulu
  • Performance of Endaro Mahanubhavulu
Prerequisites:

Student must have completed Carnatic Vocals level 104 in the academy

Overview:

Learning these beautiful yet simple Dikshithar Kritis will help you strengthen your understanding of the audava ragas (pentatonic scales)  The three ragas covered are shuddha Saveri , Mohanam and Karnataka shuddha saveri  This course teach…  

Topics covered:
Prerequisites:

Level 200

Overview:

Soundarya Lahari meaning waves of beauty, consists of two parts Ananda Lahari meaning waves of happiness (first 41 slokas) and Soundarya Lahari, depicting the beauty of the godess from head to toe( next 59 slokas).  It is believed that Lord Gan…  

Topics covered:
  • Slokam's 1 to 5
  • Slokam 6 to 10
  • Slokam's 11 to 15
  • Slokam's 16 to 20
Prerequisites:

Need to be able to sing in different Raagas

Overview:

Soundarya Lahari meaning waves of beauty, consists of two parts Ananda Lahari meaning waves of happiness (first 41 slokas) and Soundarya Lahari, depicting the beauty of the godess from head to toe( next 59 slokas).  It is believed that Lord Gan…  

Topics covered:
  • Slokam's 21 to 25
  • Slokam's 26 to 30
  • Slokams 31 to 35
  • Slokam's 36 to 40
  • Slokam 41
Prerequisites:

The students should know how to sing all the basic lessons of Carnatic music including  swara jathis and a few varnams. Students should be able to sing in a selected pitch and have a good understanding of Tala.

 

 

Overview:

Learning more krithis introduces students to new Ragas and also ncrease ones repetoire. This course has 4 wonderful compsotions of different composers and in different Ragas. The student will learn one Varnam, a krithi, a tharangam and also a Devarn…  

Topics covered:
  • Varnam
  • Krithi
  • Narayana Theertha Tharangam
  • Devaranama
Overview:

Soundarya Lahari meaning waves of beauty, consists of two parts Ananda Lahari meaning waves ofhappiness (first 41 slokas) and Soundarya Lahari, depicting the beauty of the godess from head totoe( next 59 slokas).It is believed that Lord Ganesha hims…  

Topics covered:
  • Slokams 42 to 45
  • Slokams 46 to 50
  • Slokam 51 to 55
  • Slokam 56 to 60
Overview:

Soundaraya Lahari Sholkas from 61 to 80 ( 20 Sholkas)  

Topics covered:
  • Slokam 61 to 65
  • Slokam 66 to 70
  • Slokam's 71 to 75
  • Slokam 's 75 to 80
Overview:

The course holds 20 sholkas of Soundarya Lahari each tuned to different Raagas  

Topics covered:
  • Slokam's 81 to 85
  • Slokam's 86 to 90
  • Slokam's 91 to 95
  • Slokam's 96 to 100
Prerequisites:

The age of the student should be between 5 and 6 years . This course is best suited for children from 5 to 7 years of age.

Overview:

A Preparatory course for young children 5 years and above to be introduced into the world of Carnatic Classical music through easy to understand and sing approach. This is the first of the 4 courses designed to introduce young children to Carnatic m…  

Topics covered:
  • Building blocks of music
  • Bhajans
  • Rhymes to swaras
  • Claps to thala
Prerequisites:

This course is best suited for children of 6 years to 8 years of age.

Overview:

A Preparatory course for young children 5 years and above to be introduced into the world of Carnatic Classical music through easy to understand and sing approach. This is the first of the 4 courses designed to introduce young children to Carnatic m…  

Topics covered:
  • Building blocks of music
  • Shlokas
  • Bhajans
Prerequisites:

This course is best suited for children of 7 years to 9 years of age.

Overview:

A Preparatory course for young children 5 years and above to be introduced into the world of Carnatic Classical music through easy to understand and sing approach. This is the first of the 4 courses designed to introduce young children to Carnatic m…  

Topics covered:
  • Shlokas
  • Songs
Prerequisites:

The student has completed CV100C at the academy OR

The child sings seven Shuddh Swaras in Swara and Aakar. The child is able to sing repetitive swara patterns and simple Alankar patterns.

The child is able to sing a shloka and a few bhajans in proper shruthi and tala.(The admission in this case would be done as per the advise of experts at the academy.) 

This course is suitable for chidren from age of about 7 years to any age.

 

Overview:

A Preparatory course for young children 7 years and above to be introduced into the world of Carnatic Classical music through easy to understand and sing approach. This is the first of the 4 courses designed to introduce young children to Carnatic m…  

Topics covered:
  • Shlokas
  • Building blocks of music
  • Songs