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Carnatic Music (Vocal, Violin, Veena & Flute)

Syllabus
1st Year (LEVEL 1) – Theory

Technical Terms:

  1. Sangeetamu 2. Shruthi 3. Swaram 4. Sapthaswaras 5. Swaragathasthanas 6. Arohana 7. Avarohana 8. Sthayi 9. Avarthamu 10. Dhatuvu 11. Mathuvu 12. First, second, Third speeds 13. Talas, Talangas 14. Aksharakala  15. Sapthatalas 16. Panchajathis 17. Touryatrikam 18. nadam and technical       terms of other topics in the syllabus.
  2. Characteristics of Geetha and Swarapallavi
  3. Life Histories of Paidala Gurumurthy Sastri and Purandaradasu.
  4. Scheme of 35 talas
  5. Writing music composition in notation.

                                                  PRACTICAL

  1. Saraliswaras – 8 ( Mayamalavagaula )
  2. SA RI GA MA – PA DA NI SA – SA NI DA PA – MA GA RI SA
    2. SA RI GA MA – SA RI GA MA – SA RI GA MA – PA DA NI SA
    3. SA RI GA MA – SA RI SARI – SA RI GA MA – PA DA NI SA
    4. SA RI GA MA – PA MA GA RI – SA RI GA MA – PA DA NI SA
    5. SA RI GA MA – SA MA GA RI – SA RI GA MA – PA DA NI SA
    6. SA RI GA MA – PAMA DA PA – SA RI GA MA – PA DA NI SA
    7. SA RI GA MA – PAA; – SA RI GA MA – PA DA NI SA
    8. SA RI GA MA – PAA GA MA – PAA; – PAA;
    GA MA PA DA – NI DA PA MA – GA MA PA GA – MA GA RI SA
  1. Janta Swaras- 6 ( Mayamalavagaula / Sankarabharanam)
  2. SA SA RI RI – GA GA MA MA – PA PA DA DA – NI NI SA SA
    2. SA SA RI RI – GA GA MA MA – RI RI GA GA – MA MA PA PA
    3. SA SA RI RI – GA GA RI RI – SA SA RI RI – GA GA MA MA
    4. SA SA MA MA – GA GA RI RI – SA SA RI RI – GA GA MA MA
    5. SA SA RI RI – SA SA GA GA – SA SA MA MA – GA GA RI RI
    SA SA RI RI – GA SA RI GA – SA SA RI RI – GA GA MA MA
    6. SSS-RRR-GG | SS RR | GG MM || RRR-GGG-MM | RR GG | MM PP ||    GGG-MMM-PP | GG MM | PP DD || MMM-PPP-DD | MM PP | DD NN ||

 

  1. Datu Swaras – 2
  2. Sa ma ga ri – sa ri ga ma – ri pa ma ga – ri ga ma pa
    2. sa ma ga ma – ri ga sa ri – sa ga ri ga – sa ri ga ma
  3. Alankaras (Sapta Tala Alankaras)
    (All the above sections should be sung in 3 speeds either in Mayamalavagaula or Sankarabharanam only)

 

 Geetas – 6

  1. Sri gananadha – Malahari – Roopaka
    2. Varaveena – Mohana – Roopaka
    3. Sri Govinda – Sanakarabharanam – Mathya
    4. Kamlajadala – Kalyani – Triputa
    5. Analekara – Suddha saveri – Triputa
    6. Arere Jaya Jaya – (Sreeranjani – Triputa or any equivalent Lakshana Geetham in other Ragas)

(Geethams should be sung/played in 3 speeds)

  1. Swara Pallavi (Hindola – Adi or any other equivalent) or any Jathiswaram or any Swarajathi)
    (Swara Pallavi Section should be sung / played in two speeds)

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Carnatic Music (Vocal, Violin, Veena & Flute)

2nd YEAR – Level 2

Theory

  1. Explanation for technical words for all topics of the syllabus
  1. 16 Sudha, Vikruthi swara gatha sthanas
  2. Explaining Raga Trayodasa lakshanas
  1. Ragalakshanas : 1. Mayamalavagaula 2.Malahari 3.Mohana 4.Kalyani 5.Sankarabharanam 6.Kambhoji 7.Hamsadhwani 8.Vasantha 9. Sree 10. Saveri Sreeranjani 12. Hindola
  2. Lakshnas of Varna
  1. Life histories: Veena Kupair 2.Tiruvottiyoor Thyagayyar 3.Patnam Subramanayayyar
  2. Writing musical compositions in notation

                                     2nd YEAR – Level 2 – PRACTICAL

  1. Akara Singing in Fundamentals/Geethams/Swarapallavi-Swarajathi (from Level 1 Syllabus)
  2. Tana Varnas (6) – Adi Tala Varnas
    Sankarabharanam (Adi Tala) 2. Kalyani (Adi Tala) 3. Mohana (Adi Tala 4. Vasanta (Adi Tala) 5. Abhogi (Adi Tala) 6. Hamsadhwani (Adi Tala)

All the above varnas should be sung/play in two speeds

  1. Kritis: Two out of Three 
  2. Samajavaragamana 2. Kalaharana 3. Sobhillu Saptaswara
  3. Keerthana: One out of Three
  4. Annamacharya Sankeerthana 2. Ramadasu Keerthana  3. Purandaradasu  Devaranaamam

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Carnatic Music (Vocal, Violin, Veena & Flute) 

 Syllabus – Level 3

THEORY

  1. Raga Classification, Janaka, Janya ragas; Audava, Shadava, Sampoorna ragas, Upanga, Bhashanga ragas, scheme of 72 melakartas, vivadi melas.
  2. Desadi, Madhyadi, Chaputalas; Taladasa pranas.
  3. Ragalakshanas: 1. Sudhasaveri 2. Bilahari 3. Kedaram 4. Panthuvarali Jaganmohini 6. Begada 7. Nata 8. Thodi 9. Sahana 10. Madhyamavathi                    11. Nadanamakriya 12. Natakuranji 13. Darbar
  4. Characteristics (Lakshnams) of kruthi and keerthana.
  5. Life Histories: 1. Thyagaraja 2. Muttuswamy deekshitar   Syamsastry  4. Bhadrachala Ramadasu 5. Annamacharya
  6. Complete description about the Musical instruments
  7. Tamboora 2. Veena 3. Violin 4. Mridangam
  8. Writing music compositions in notation

                                                                             PRACTICAL

  1. Varnams: Four out of Five (Padavarnams Compulsory)

1.Sarasuda  Saveri (Adi Tala) 2. Era Naa Pai - Todi  (Adi Tala )                                               3. Saami Ninne - Sree (Adi Tala) 4. Chalamela - Darbar (Adi Tala)                                                               5. Chalamela - Natakuranji (Pada Varnam)

           (Above Varnas should be sung / play in two speeds & Varnas to be sung in (Aditalam - rendukalalu) or Adi chouka taalam)

 

  1. Kritis: Six of the Eight (Kalyani, Purvikalyani, Mohana are compulsory)
  2. Evarura – Mohana – Misrachapu – Tyagaraja
    2. Mahaganapatim – Nata – Adi – Dikshitar
    3. Brochevarevare – Sriranjani – Adi – Tyagaraja
    4. Paridana – Bilahari – Khandachapu – Patnam Subramanya Iyer
    5. Himadrisute – Kalyani – Rupaka – Syamasastri
    6. Gnanamosagarada – Poorvikalyani – Rupaka – Tyagaraja
    7. Karunajaladhe – Nadanamakriya – Adi – Tyagaraja (Divyanama kriti)
    8. Any Papanasam Sivan or Ootakkadu composition

(Students can also sing equivalent Kriti in the same Raaga)

  1. Swara Kalpana: Kalyani and Mohana

 

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Carnatic Music (Vocal, Violin, Veena & Flute)

Syllabus –  Level 4

                                                                THEORY

  1. Explanation for technical terms
  2. Vadi 2. Samvadi 3. Vivadi 4. Anuvadi 5. Mukthayi Calculation and other technical terms in the other topics of the syllabus
  3. Panchadasa gamakas, lakshana of Kampitha gamakas – usage
  4. Manodharma Sangeetham
  5. Raga Lakshanas: 1. Bhairavi 2. Kharaharapriya 3. Poorvikalayani 4. Dhanyasi 5. Arabhi 6. Pharaj 7. Khamas 8. Kuranji 9. Husseni
  6. Composition Lakshanas:
    1. Ashtapadi 2. Tillana 3. Tarangam 4. Javali 5. Padam 6. Daruvu
    2. Life Histories: 1. Kshetrayya 2. Pachimiriyam adi appayya 3. Narayana Teertha 4. Jayadeva 5. Sadasiva brahmendra Swamy
    3. Complete description about Flute, Gotu instruments
    4. Writing notation for the compositions.

                                                                             PRACTICAL

  1. Swarajathi : Kaamakshi – Bhairavai – Chapu – Syamasastry
  2. Varnam: Viriboni – Bhairavi – Ata (two speeds)
  3. Kritis: Eight out of Twelve (Kharaharapriya, Pantuvarali, Sankarabharanam, Kambhoji, Thodi compulsory)
  1. Upacharamu – Bhairavi – Rupaka – Tyagaraja
    2. Siva Siva Siva – Pantuvarali – Adi – Tyagaraja
    3. Sarojadala – Sankarabharanam – Adi – Syamasastri
    4. Aragimpave – Todi – Rupaka – Tyagaraja
    5. Marakatavallim – Kambhoji – Adi – Dikshitar
    6. Anudinamunu – Begada – Rupaka – Poochi Srinivasa Iyengar
    7. Prakkalanilabadi – Kharaharapriya – Chapu – Thyagaraju
    8.Sangeetha gnanamu – Dhanyasi – Adi – Thyagaraj
    9. Seethamma mayamma – Vasantha – Roopka – Thyagaraju
    10.Vatapiganapathim bhaje-Hamsadhwani-Adi-Muthuswamy Deekshitar
    11.Mayatheetha swarupini – Mayamalavagaula -Roopaka – Ponnayyapillai
    12.Swati Tirunal Composition

    D. Other Compositions:Any two
  2. Tillana (Any) 2. Tarangam (Any) 3. Javali (Any) 4. Ashtapadi (Any) 5. Padam (Any)

    E. Manodharma Sangeetham: Ragalapana and Swarakalpana: Four out of Five
  3. Bhairavi 2. Kambhoji 3. Mohana 4. Shankarabharanam 5. Kalyani

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