Basics of Carnatic music (Sarali, Janta, Dhati varisais), Familiarity with the sapta tala Alankarams. Should know more than 4 geethams and also basic Swarajathis - Khamas, Bilahari and Ananda Bhairavi.Student should also know 2 lakshana geethams and atleast 4 varnams. 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.
The student will continue to explore learning the important compositional form of Varnam in different Ragas. This course introduces the student to learn the varnams in Ragas Kalyani and Hamsadhwani - one Sampoorna Prathi Madhyama Raga and another Janya Suddha Madhyama Raga. The Varnam will be practiced in the first and second speeds.
A popular composition of Maharaja Swathi Thirunal, in the Raga Mayamalavagowla is also introduced - Deva Deva Kalaymi in Roopaka Talam.
This course is an important stepping stone to also taking up the Ri level exam that makes the student ready to transition into next phase of learning in the intermediate series. The student will also spend sometime in preparing for the Ri level exam and revising earlier learnt lessons.