Advanced Carnatic Vocal

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'Advanced Carnatic vocal' is a professional level music course covering Manodharma signing. Taking 60 sessions to complete, students will have one 60-minute class every week. This course is suitable for students who have already completed the basic and intermediate Carnatic vocal courses and have learnt Varnams and Keerthanams from various composers. Taught by N S Kamakshi, one of India's best teachers, students should ensure they have a good understanding of the fundamentals of Carnatic music before enrolling.

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Tamil Nadu

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60 Weeks
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20 Years Experience
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Carnatic Music
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M A music
Madras university

Course Details

'Advanced Carnatic vocal' is taught over the course of 60 weeks by N S Kamakshi, who has more than 20 years' experience teaching and performing Carnatic music. Only suitable for students who have already completed the basic and intermediate courses in Carnatic vocals, it will cover Manodharma singing, Neraval singing, ragas and kalpanaswaram. 

Manodharma is a form of improvisation and is created on the spot during a performance. Although it is improvised, the music performed will be confined to the strict grammar of Carnatic music. With N S Kamakshi's guidance, students will develop their own individual style of Manodharma and will be able to explore their musical values and understanding. 

Neraval singing, also known as Niraval, is considered an important feature of improvisation. Essentially it is the impromptu elaboration, construction or improvisation of a melody from a particular kriti line. As such, it's a vital teaching in Kamakshi's 'Advanced Carnatic vocal' course. 

About Ms. N S Kamakshi: N S Kamakshi has over 20 years' experience teaching and performing Carnatic music. A well-known vocalist in India, she also plays the violin and has an MA in Indian Music from the University of Madras. Kamakski has a visual impairment, and hopes to share her love of Carnatic music with her students. Perhaps most known for her Musiri padanthram, she is a disciple of Smt Suguna Varadachari and received a scholarship from the Ministry of Culture for Advanced Violin training in January 2002.

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Finally, students will build on the fundamentals of kalpanaswaram, a raga improvisation technique within a specific tala. All students will be taught how to improvise in the Indian music solfège after completing a composition. 

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Students must have the knowledge of basic and intermediate level in Carnatic vocals.

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Advance Level Carnatic music
Wed 10:30 PM - 11:30 PM America/New_York
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How much time should a student devote to practice everyday?
Students interested and passionate to learn Hindustani vocal lessons, should devote at least 30 minutes to practice every day.
What if the student is unable to attend an upcoming class?
The student is required to inform the teacher about his absence from a particular session, two day prior to the class. In such a case, the teacher will reschedule the class and conduct the rescheduled class on or before the end (i.e. Saturday) of the ensuing week or such other time as may be mutually decided between the teacher and the student. In case the student misses to give two days prior notice about his absence to the teacher, then the decision to conduct another class for that student is completely based on teacher’s discretion.
What if the teacher wishes to reschedule the class?
In case the teacher is unavailable for the scheduled class, he/she will inform the students two day prior to the class. The teacher will conduct the rescheduled class on or before the end (i.e. Saturday) of the ensuing week or such other time as may be mutually decided between the teacher and the student.
How long will it take for the teacher to respond if the student raises a question after class hours through mail or the platform?
Students should get a response within 24 hours if the teacher is not preoccupied or travelling.

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