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Carnatic Vocal

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.

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Carnatic Vocal 101

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 identify them. To learn the basic Swara patterns (saral..

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Carnatic Vocal 102

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 swara exercises and their applications in few forms wi..

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Carnatic Vocal 103

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 student to handle different speeds and introduces..

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Carnatic Vocal Examination-Sa

The Sa Level Exam consists of 1 contact review class for an hour, a written exam (take home assignment) and a viva voce. Viva voce session is up to 1 hour long. The student will have access to the exam OM Book as soon as they enroll. The actual exam will be scheduled based on the student's convenien..

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Carnatic Vocal 104

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 in music will be introduced. This concept of alanka..

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Carnatic Vocal 105

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 geethams will be taught in different ragas.

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Carnatic Vocal 106

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 the ragam). Creative exercises will be given.

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Carnatic Vocal 107

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 Pallavi, Anupallavi, and Charanam. Basic varisais will ..

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Carnatic Vocal 108

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 Pallavi, Anupallavi, and Charanam. Basic varisais will..

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Carnatic Vocal 109

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.

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Carnatic Vocal 201

Learning more varnams and kritis give us a deeper insight into the music. The way the ragas move in every composition . The creativity of the composer. Varnams give a good grip over laya. Kritis pave way for creativity in the student.

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Carnatic Vocal 202

First level in the intermediate programme. Here the student takes the first step into the realm of deeper learning of Carnatic music after acquiring a strong foundation in the basics. This covers varnams and keertanas of great composers.

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Carnatic Vocal 203

The student needs to increase his repertoire of compositions constantly.Learning more varnams and kritis give us a deeper insight into the music,the way the ragas move in every composition, the creativity of the composer. Varnams give a good grip over laya. Kritis pave way for creativity in the s..

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Carnatic Vocal 204

The student needs to increase his repertoire of compositions constantly.Learning more varnams and kritis give us a deeper insight into the music,the way the ragas move in every composition, the creativity of the composer. Varnams give a good grip over laya. Kritis pave way for creativity in the stud..

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Carnatic Vocal 205

The student needs to increase his repertoire of compositions constantly.Learning more varnams and kritis give us a deeper insight into the music,the way the ragas move in every composition, the creativity of the composer. Varnams give a good grip over laya. Kritis pave way for creativity in the stud..

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Carnatic Vocal 206

The student needs to increase his repertoire of compositions constantly.Learning more varnams and kritis give us a deeper insight into the music,the way the ragas move in every composition, the creativity of the composer. Varnams give a good grip over laya. Kritis pave way for creativity in the stud..

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Carnatic Vocal 207

The student needs to increase his repertoire of compositions constantly.Learning more varnams and kritis give us a deeper insight into the music,the way the ragas move in every composition, the creativity of the composer. Varnams give a good grip over laya. Kritis pave way for creativity in the stud..

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Carnatic Vocal 208

The student needs to increase his repertoire of compositions constantly.Learning more varnams and kritis give us a deeper insight into the music,the way the ragas move in every composition, the creativity of the composer. Learning complicated Varnams will help in laying a very strong foundation for ..

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Carnatic Vocal 209

Learning complicated Varnams will help in laying a very strong foundation for all advanced learning particularly in the creative aspects of music and also help in getting a firm grip over rhythmical aspects. The student is introduced to new types of compositions that are sung in the tail end of t..

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Carnatic Vocal 210

The student is introduced to new types of compositions that are sung in the tail end of the concerts like Tillana. Tillana are useful compositions to understand the kind of music that is sung for dance. The structure of the compositions used in dance is clearly understood in terms of lyrics and t..

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Carnatic Vocal CV301

Introducing compositions that are desnse lyrically and rhythmically. Understand how by manipulating the pace and setting the raga appropriately the difficulty is hidden from the listener. Learn a concert center piece (a.k.a. main item) as well as a light song.

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Carnatic Vocal CV302

This module introduces the student the centerpiece of dance music viz. pada varnam, composed by a contemporary master. A magnum opus composition in an expansive traditional raga is also studied as required learning in any intermediate/advanced carnatic music study. The module is rounded off by a ..

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Carnatic Vocal CV303

The module is loaded with a Pancharatna composition in Aarabhi.As the name itself suggests, there are 5 compositions which are composed exclusively in 'Ghana ragas'.This module encompasses a Bhadrachala Ramadas composition along with manodharma sangeetha...

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Carnatic Vocal CV304

Introducing compositions that are desnse lyrically and rhythmically.Understand how by manipulating the pace and setting the raga appropriately the difficulty is hidden from the listener. The module is rounded off by a smaller composition set in a rakti, or phrase-laden raga...

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Carnatic Vocal CV305

Half way through the advanced training of 300 series. The student is now ready to give short concert performances. With this module, the insight into different ragas are further honed through grand composition in varied thalas. Here kannad, a janya of shankarabaranam is understood better through ..

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Carnatic Vocal CV306

This course takes the student further into the depths of our music through more compositions of different composers. New ragas and their scope are explored . Purvikalyani, as a raga is delved in detail as a center piece in the concert. Oothukadu Venkata kavi’s composition in Sanskrit on the poet Ja..

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Carnatic Vocal CV307

As we learn more and varied compositions, our insight of music and perception keeps getting better. Thiagaraja’s grand Ghana raga pancharatna is a must for all music students. Here we learn the last one in sree raga. The unique feature of this composition is that it starts on the second count of the..

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Carnatic Vocal CV308

This module takes us one step further into the depths of our music through two very grand compositions One , is a ragamalika with nine different ragas by swati tirunal describing the entire story of Ramayana through song. Here we are able to learn the nuances of nine different ragas and also impro..

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Carnatic Vocal CV309

Here , the learning done so far is going to help understand and create an entire pallavi. This is purely the creation of the student. Here the student learns what goes into making a pallavi. What are the salient features to be kept in mind while creating a pallavi. How to make them mathematically in..

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Carnatic Vocal 401

From the very first level, emphasis will be laid on performances. The selection of compositions are in such a way that there will be a sub –main piece and a main piece which can be featured in a concert . Both these pieces give ample scope for improvisation. In addition to this, the student is asked..

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Carnatic Vocal 402

Those who have completed the CV401 from the Academy. Those who have trained in Carnatic music for at least 8 years and a strong foundation of Varnams, Kritis and singing kalpana swaras and alapanas as well as been introduced to Ragam, thanam and Pallavi singing...

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Carnatic Vocal 403

In this level , rakthi ragas like Begada and Dhanyasi are taught in great detail to sing ragam, thanam , niraval and swara prasthara. A self-study of devakriya kriti to develop the ability to listen , decode and write notations for the same. The student also learns to sing alapana and swaraprastha..

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Carnatic Vocal 404

In this level , students will learn to sing in detail ragas like Kalyanavasantham and mohanam. In this they will train to sing raga, thanam ,niraval and swara prasthara in at least two speeds. In self study they will listen to and decode the swaras of the tiruppugazh in kuntalavarali and also notat..

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Carnatic Vocal 405

In this level , the students will learn a navagraha kriti . The student also learns how to sing the raga alapana of Asaveri and also how to put swaras for a challenging tala like Matya tala.Harikambodhi is handled in great detail as ragam , thalam , niraval and swaraprasthara. A vivadi scale like..

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Carnatic Vocal 406

In this level, the student handles in detail vasantha raga which is a Panchama varja raga. Here again the thala is also challenging as well as the composition. The student learns to sing niraval and swaraprasthara for this in at least two speeds. Valaj, a raga which can be sung either as sub-main, ..

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Carnatic Vocal 407

In this level, the student learns to handle in detail rakti ragas like Anandabhairavi which can be sung as a main piece or sung as RTP. The student also learns one of the Avarna Kritis of Dikshitar in M. Chapu . Here to sing swaras in an emotive raga to an odd numbered thala is challenging. Devag..

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Carnatic Vocal 408

In this level, the highest of creativity that is the Ragam, thanam and Pallavi is honed in detail. The student understands how to sing Nada pallavi ‘s and create them too. They are also taught to do the Pallavi in the first kalam, Madhyama kalam and durita kalam. They are taught to sing Kalpana sw..

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Carnatic Vocal 409

In this level, the highest of creativity that is the Ragam, thanam and Pallavi is honed in detail. The student understands how to sing a Naalu Kalai chowka Pallavi and create them too.They are taught to sing niraval and kalpana swaras to different placements and words in the pallavi...

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Joy Of Singing (C) 701

This course will focus on 3, very beautiful, well known and popular compositions. The compositions are in Nattai, Hindolam and a Ragamalika. The first is Maha Ganapathim, a composition by Sri. Mutthuswami. Dikshitar, one of our Trinity composers. This song is in the ragam Nattai and is set to Adi Th..

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Joy Of Singing (C) 702

This course will focus on 3, very beautiful, well known and popular compositions. The compositions are in the Ragams Bowli, Kapi and Revathi. The first is Sriman Narayana, a composition by Annamacharya who is also fondly known as Annamayya. This song is in the ragam Bowli and set to Adi thalam. Bow..

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Joy Of Singing (C) 703

This course will focus on 3, very beautiful, well known and popular compositions. The compositions are in Ragamalika, Yamunakalyani and Rathipathipriya. The first is Kurai Onrum Illai, a Tamil composition written by C.Rajagopalachari fondly known as Rajaji. This song is a Ragamalika and has been set..

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Vanajakshiro

Vanajakshiro is an enjoyable varnam. It contains the choicest phrases of Kalyani...

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Evvari bodhana

Evvari bodhana is an often sung varnam. It conveys the essence of Abhogi...

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Jalajaksha

Jalajaksha is an often sung varnam. It paints a comprehensive picture of Hamsadhwani...

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Ninnekori

Ninnekori is an enjoyable varnam. It contains the choicest phrases of Vasantha...

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Ninnukori

Ninnukori is an often sung varnam. It contains the choicest phrases of Mohanam...

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Sami ninne

Sami ninne is an enjoyable varnam. It conveys the essence of Shankarabharanam...

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Sami ninne

Sami ninne is an enjoyable varnam. It contains the choicest phrases of Panthuvarali...

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Chalamela

Chalamela is a well-known varnam. It conveys the essence of Darbar...

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Sarasuda

Sarasuda is an enjoyable varnam. It paints a comprehensive picture of Saveri...

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Karunimpa

Karunimpa is an often sung varnam. It contains the choicest phrases of Sahana...

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Intha chalamu

Intha chalamu is a well-known varnam. It contains the choicest phrases of Begada...

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Chalamela

Chalamela is a well-known varnam. It conveys the essence of Nattakurinji...

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Deva Deva Kalayami

Deva Deva Kalayami is a popular stage song, and one of the best known songs in Raga Mayamalavagowla...

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Gopika Manoharam

Gopika Manoharam is a popular stage song, and one of the best known songs in Raga Mohanam...

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Kandena govindana

Kandena govindana is a popular stage song, and one of the few known songs in Raga Chandrakauns...

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Nandanandana

Nandanandana is a popular stage song, and one of the best known songs in Raga Anandabhairavi...

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Sriman Narayana

Sriman Narayana is a popular stage song, and one of the best known songs in Raga Bowli...

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Yaare Rangana

Yaare Rangana is a popular stage song, and one of the best known songs in Raga Hindolam...

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Varavallabha

Varavallabha is a popular stage song, and one of the best known songs in Raga Hamsadhwani...

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Gajavadana

Gajavadana is a popular stage song, and one of the best known songs in Raga Sriranjani...

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Ekambresa Nayike

Ekambresa Nayike is a popular stage song, and one of the few known songs in Raga Karnataka shuddha saveri...

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Maakelara

Maakelara is a popular stage song, and one of the few known songs in Raga Ravichandrika...

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Sri Kanthimathim

Sri Kanthimathim is a popular stage song, and one of the best known songs in Raga Hemavathi...

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Jagatjanani

Jagatjanani is a popular stage song, and is the best known song in Raga Rathipathipriya...

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Sri Saraswati

Sri Saraswati is a popular stage song, and one of the best known songs in Raga Arabhi...

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Saravanabhavaguhane

Saravanabhavaguhane is a popular stage song, and one of the best known songs in Raga Madhyamavathi...

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Bhavasagaram

Bhavasagaram is a popular stage song, and one of the best known songs in Raga Shanmukhapriya...

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Aparadhamulan

Aparadhamulan is a popular stage song, and one of the best known songs in Raga Lathangi...

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Sri Raghuvara

Sri Raghuvara is a popular stage song, and one of the best known songs in Raga Khamboji...

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Ganapathirayan

Ganapathirayan is a popular stage song, and is a Ragamalika...

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Arunachalanatham

Arunachalanatham is a popular stage song, and one of the best known songs in Raga Saranga...

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Visalaksheem

Visalaksheem is a popular stage song, and one of the best known songs in Raga Panthuvarali...

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Sariyevvaramma

Sariyevvaramma is a popular stage song, and one of the best known songs in Raga Bhairavi...

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Manasu Swadhina

Manasu Swadhina is a popular stage song, and one of the best known songs in Raga Shankarabharanam...

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Kaligiyunte

Kaligiyunte is a popular stage song, and one of the best known songs in Raga Keeravani...

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Vallabha Nayakasya

Vallabha Nayakasya is a popular stage song, and one of the best known songs in Raga Begada...

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Maha Ganapathim

Maha Ganapathim is a popular stage song, and one of the best known songs in Raga Natta...

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Theeradha Vilayatu Pillai

Theeradha Vilayatu Pillai is a popular stage song, and a very good example of Ragamalika...

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Enna Thavam

Enna Thavam is a popular stage song, and one of the best known songs in Raga Kapi...

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Bho Shambo

Bho Shambo is a popular stage song, and one of the best known songs in Raga Sivaranjani...

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Kurai Onrum Illai

Kurai Onrum Illai is a popular stage song, and a well known Ragamalika...

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Krishna Nee Begane

Krishna Nee Begane is a popular stage song, and one of the best known songs in Raga Yamunakalyani...

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Shri Chamundeshwari

Shri Chamundeshwari is a popular stage song, and one of the best known songs in Raga Bilahari...

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Brocheva Revarura

Brocheva Revarura is a popular stage song, and one of the best known songs in Raga Khamas...

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Nagumomu

Nagumomu is a popular stage song, and one of the best known songs in Raga Abheri...

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Devadi deva

Devadi deva is a popular stage song, and one of the best known songs in Raga Sunadavinodini...

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Paluke bhangara mayena

Paluke bhangara mayena is a popular stage song, and one of the best known songs in Raga Anandabhairavi...

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Eti ruga

Eti ruga is a popular stage song, and one of the best known songs in Raga Nadanamakriya...

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Jagado dharana

Jagado dharana is a popular stage song, and one of the best known songs in Raga Kapi...

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Sri chakra raja

Sri chakra raja is a popular stage song, and a well known Ragamalika...

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Alai payudhe

Alai payudhe is a popular stage song, and one of the best known songs in Raga Kanada...

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Marugelara

Marugelara is a popular stage song, and one of the best known songs in Raga Jayantasri...

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Samaja varagamana

Samaja varagamana is a popular stage song, and one of the best known songs in Raga Hindolam...

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Sudha mayi

Sudha mayi is a popular stage song which is set in Amruthavarshini..

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Himadri suthe

Himadri suthe is a popular composition in Kalyani..

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Sri Kamakoti

Sri Kamakoti is a beautiful composition in Saveri..

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Saatileni

Saatileni is a well known composition in Purvikalyani..

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Dhanyudevvado

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why should we learn Carnatic Vocal?

Music is a magical gift we must nourish and cultivate ourselves and in our children; a gift which keeps on giving throughout our lifetime. Carnatic Vocalis one of the oldest musical traditions of the world and is interwoven into the rich fabric of our society. Our Carnatic Vocal Vocal certificate program provides a unique opportunity for students anywhere in the world to learn from the convenience of their home.


Who can learn? Does learning online work?

Whatever be your age or level of expertise, we have a course that will help you take huge steps forward in developing your vocal skills.

After delivering 19000+ hours of online classes over last 3+ years we are convinced that learning online works. Instead of you travelling to meet your teacher for your classes, the teacher will come online.

You will need a computer, headset with microphone, high speed internet connection and a quiet convenient corner in your home to do your classes.
If you are travelling and do not want to miss your class, you can join your class from your phone or tablet.

All your classes are recorded and you can review the recordings at anytime and from anywhere. This has been very helpful for our students


Which course should I enroll?

If you have no formal training or less than 6 months of formal training we recommend that you join the 101 course (first course)

Others, please go through the curriculum and decide on the course to join based on the prerequisites listed. Once you enroll, our experts will review your skill level and may move you to a different level based on their evaluation.

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