USD 455

Course duration
12 week(s)
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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 with Swaras. It involves a keen sense of understanding the persona that every Raga has and this is what the course aims at achieving. This course introduces the student to the exploration of Raga in the form of different important compositions in Carnatic music which includes the beautiful Thodi Raga Adi Tala Varnam, a few krithis and also the majestic Shyama Shastri swarajathi.

Apart from learning these important compositions, emphasis is given to exploring manodharma aspects. The course coveres a detailed exploration of singing Raga Alaapna, Neraval and Kalpana Swara.

Course Format

Basic exrecises, important phrases and sancharas



Manodharama - Raga Alaapana, Neraval and Kalpana swaras

Kamakshi Swarajathi of Shyama shastri


  • To do Swara exrecises in Raga Thodi
  • To study the Raga Lakshana and imporatnt prayogas of Raga Thodi
  • To learn two important krithis with development in Thodi.
  • To learn a Adi Tala tana Varnam with improvisation in 2 kaalas/speeds.
  • To learn a kamakshi swarajathi of Sri Shyama Shastri in Thodi.
  • To learn Manodharma in detail for this Raga for one of the compositions. 

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.

Swara Exercises
  • Singing basic exercises in Raga Thodi
  • Learning to sing Aakaram of Raga Thodi
  • Era naa pai - Adi Tala
  • Sri Krishnam Bhaja Manasa - Muthiswamy Dikshitar
  • Kaddanu Variki - Tyagaraja swamy
  • Raaju Vedala - Tyagaraja swamy
  • Raave Himagiri (Swarajathi) - Shyama Shastri
Manodharma - Kaddanu variki
  • Thodi Raga Alaapna
  • Neraval
  • Kalpana Swara