Carnatic Vocal

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.

 

Carnatic Vocal 101

 

Prerequisites:

Anyone who has an interest and passion to learn music and is above the age of 6 years. Anybody below the age of 6 has to take an assessment from the academy.

Overview:

Entry level foundation course for students who do not have any prior experience learning Indian/Carnatic music, covering the basic seven notes and perfection of the swaras.To be able to understand the concept of Pitch (shruthi) and Notes and ident…

Topics covered:
  • Prayer
  • Introduction
  • Understanding and identifying pitch
  • Saralivarisais
  • Nottu swaram
  • Theory
  • Home Work
  • Assignment
Carnatic Vocal 102

 

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 basic exercises in a new Melakarta raga. Concepts of Tala along with more intricate s…

Topics covered:
  • Janta Varisais
  • Introduction to Shuddha Swaras
  • Geethams in Malahari
  • Creative excercises
  • Theory
Carnatic Vocal 103

 

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 note patterns) and Melsthayi varisais (upper octave note patterns) in two ragams and in two speeds. Two geethams each in a different raga will be taught. This level enhances the capability of the…

Topics covered:
  • Dattu Varsais
  • Melsthayi varisais ( higher octave excercises )
  • Geethams
  • Sarali Varisais in different ragas
  • Theory
Carnatic Vocal 104

 

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.

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 i…

Topics covered:
  • Melsthayi Varisais
  • Alankarams
  • Geethams
  • Creative excersises
  • Keerthana
Carnatic Vocal 105

 

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.

Overview:

Students will be introduced to more rigorous forms of exercises in different ragams helping them enhance their range and repertoire of different scales. They will also be introduced to a new form of Carnatic music called Swarajathi and new geetham…

Topics covered:
  • Bhriga Sadhaka varisais
  • Swarajathi – Bilahari
  • Anandabhairavi geetham
  • Kalyani Geetham
  • Kamboji – Geetham
  • Theory
  • Divyanama Keerthana
Carnatic Vocal 106

 

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(which describe the raga in whi

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 t…

Topics covered:
  • Keezhsthayi Exercises
  • Geetham – Anandabhairavi
  • Swarajathi – Khamas
  • Swarajathi-Kharaharapriya
  • Lakshana Geetham
  • Theory
Carnatic Vocal 107

 

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 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 Palla…

Topics covered:
  • Shankarabharanam varanam
  • Mohana Varnam
  • Sriman Narayana – Bowli ragam -Annamacharya kriti
  • Yare Rangana – Hindola Ragam – Purandara dasa
  • Basic Exercises in Mohana
  • Basic Exercises in Shankarabaranam
  • Practice Exercises in Hindolam
  • Practice Exercises in Bowli
Carnatic Vocal 108

 

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 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 Pall…

Topics covered:
  • Varnam
  • Devotional Songs
  • Basic Exercises
Carnatic Vocal 109

 

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.

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

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