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Course duration
12 week(s)
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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/Carnatic music, covering the lessons/exercises to understandind the building blocks of music, which are the 7 notes.This course will help students understand the concept of Pitch (shruthi) and position of notes and also help in being able to identify them. To learn basic Swara patterns (saralivarisais) and also the Ragam Shankarabharanam along with its scale (arohana and avarohana).Aakara practice and creative swara exrcises will also be explored. This course also teaches the student two short Nottu Swarams (small songs) which are compositions of Sri Muthu Swamy Dikshitar.

Course Format

Batch Size: 3

Duration: 12 weeks, one 45 mins lesson per week


  • Learn about the tanpura and how it is used pitch recognition 
  • Learn Sarali varisais in Shankarabharana.
  • Attain knowledge of the history of Indian/Carnatic music.
  • Understand the terminologies used in Carnatic musical parlance 
  • Gain familiarity with the basic seven notes.
  • Attain perfection of the Svaras through the prescribed exercises
  • Traverse comfortably in a single octave, mastering singing of all notes
  • Be motivated to pursue the next level of learning

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

  • Vakra Tunda Mahakaya
  • Introduction to Carnatic Music
  • Introduction to Basic terminologies
Understanding and identifying pitch
  • Understanding the concept of pitch
  • Identifying ones own pitch
  • Singing to match the pitch
  • Saralivarisai 1
  • Saralivarisai 2
  • Saralivarisai 3
  • Saralivarisai 4
  • Saralivarisai 5
  • Saralivarisai 6
  • Saralivarisai 7
  • Saralivarisai 8
  • Saralivarisai 9
  • Saralivarisai 10
  • Saralivarisai 11
  • Saralivarisai 12
  • Saralivarisai 13
  • Saralivarisai 14
  • Saralivarisais in all three speeds
  • Sarali varisais in aakaram
Nottu swaram
  • Shakthi sahitha
  • Rama Janardhana
  • Music and its importance
  • Indian classical music
  • Differentiate between Hindustani and Carnatic
  • Biography of Saint Purandara Dasa
Home Work
  • Home Work for lesson 1 to lesson 11
  • Assignment 1 for lesson 5
  • Assignment 2 for lesson 7
  • Assignment 3 for lesson 9
  • Assignment 4 for lesson 10
  • Assignment 5 for lesson 11
By the end of this course, students will
  • Have knowledge of the basic history of Indian/Carnatic music
  • Sing the sarali varisais in at least 2 speeds well as swara and akaram in the Ragam Shankarabharanam
  • Gain familiarity with the basic seven notes  and gain understanding of Pitch
  • Traverse comfortably in a single octave, mastering singing of all notes in Tala and Pitch and to  understand  better the concept of speed or tempo in Carnatic music
  • Sing any one Nottu Swaram with perfection in swarasthanas and Talam

Student who is unable to achieve the outcomes will have to repeat the course or will be suggested an alternate course. The decision will be taken by the Curriculum Coordinator and the Teacher for the course.