Music in India
Variety of Music in India – Folk, popular, religious and classical music.
The 12 pitches or swara sthana-s
The scale - natural or just tempered scale as opposed to the equal or even tempered scale.
Raga - the basic melodic facet of Indian music
What makes for a raga – swara (note/tone), gamaka (embellishment), pidi (phrase), graha, nyasa, jeeva swaras.
Variety of raga-s and their classification. The 72 melakarta schema
Tala - the rhythmic facet
Concepts of the avartanam, samam, and eduppu
Suladi sapta tala schema
Composers - the Carnatic trinity and their contribution; before them and after them
Kinds of composition: Varnam, Kriti, Padam, Javali.
Bhakti and Carnatic Music
What is the nature of improvisation in Carnatic music; various kinds of improvisation - alapana, neraval, swara prastara and tanam. The RTP - Ragam, Tanam, Pallavi.
Presentation of a Carnatic concert - the meshing of the compositional and improvisational aspects.
Accompaniment - its unique nature in Carnatic music.
Percussive and melodic instruments
Listening to a Carnatic concert - aesthetic and technical aspects.