Basics of Carnatic Vocalization Course

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Over the course of 24 weeks, Mr. Shriram Iyer will teach students the vocal basics used in Carnatic classical music. Weeks one to eight will focus heavily on Sargam exercises to improve clarity, voice culture and master the technique. In weeks nine to 16, students will learn some simple songs (geetams) with weeks 17 to 24 progressing toward learning the higher-level songs called Varnams.

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Throughout the course, you will be instructed in different styles of Carnatic singing. However, to begin with, students will be taught different vocal exercises to help master the range of Carnatic vocal sounds.

Weeks one through eight will focus on five key techniques:

  1. Saralivarisai. These are basic Sargam exercises, used to build on or improve a student's knowledge of Swaras. 
  2. Jandavarisai. While these are also Sargam exercises, there is the addition of double notes. These effectively improve both the clarity of singing as well as the dynamics.
  3. Melsthayi. This technique is used to improve both the student's range and ability to sing higher notes with ease.
  4. Thattuvarisai. The exercise helps by singing high and low notes which jump randomly. These exercise notes vary in their combinations, which when mastered, can help a student hit any note with ease.
  5. Alankarams. These are different combinations of Swaras which will aid the student in mastering the art of Sargam combinations.

Throughout weeks 9 to 16, students will be guided through 8 simple songs called geetams, all based on swaram and Sahityam in a song like structure, with the view to further the student's learning toward keertanams. Finally, in weeks 17 to 24, student's will learn Varnams, a higher level of song-based structures which also include Sahityam and Swaram.

About Teacher: Shriram Iyer has learnt 20 years of Carnatic classical music first under the Bharatiya Music & Arts Society, Mumbai and then went on to pursue further advanced studies under the Sangeeta Natak Academy award winner Smt. Alamelu Mani.  He has been a performing artist at All India Radio, Mumbai division and has given various classical concerts around the World.  Shriram Iyer has won various awards in the Carnatic music category from the keertanam to ragam tanam pallavi level at the prestigious Shanmukhananda, Tamil Sangam and the prestigious Gold medal at the National level at the All India Radio.

Multilingual singer and performer Shriram Iyer began his career in 1998. He specializes in modern concepts and is known for his unique ability to blend various genres of music.  Well versed in classical, Bollywood, Sufi and fusion, Iyer’s command of the many musical genres has led him to a place of notoriety within the musical community.

Iyer has performed playback singing for films including IQBAL, Umar, Udaan, No One Killed Jessica, Shor in the City and more. Iyer composed and sung title tracks for many serials including Shaabaash India, Titan Antakshari, Hero Honda Sa Re Ga Ma Pa, Lil Champs & Rock N Roll Family for Zee TV and also Zinda Dil for Zee Next. Times Music launched Iyer’s album ‘OM- a fusion’ which has since been nominated for the Sangeet awards held in San Francisco.

The ipassio Edge

Students enrolling for this long term course on ipassio can be sure that they receive individual attention from the teacher, as the class strength is limited to 1 student. It also gives teachers the opportunity, to gauge their students progress in depth and make changes whenever and wherever required, to ensure the student gets the maximum out of this course. Since, long term courses are detailed, students get the advantage of learning intricate details about this art form. The limited strength of the class also ensures that there is a strong bond between the students and their teacher clearing out any inhibitions that the student might have. The sustained guidance available from the teacher ensures that the student does not deviate from set goals or targets. Learning from a revered, experienced exponent of this art form, through the long duration of this course, keeps the student inspired and motivated to achieve more.


As a course for beginners, there are no required prerequisites before enrolling in this course. Students will need to ensure they have ample time to not only attend the online courses but also practice at least thirty minutes a day on their own between courses to ensure proper progress. No materials are needed for this course. All ages and skill levels are welcome to enroll.

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Thu 12:30 AM - 01:30 AM America/New_York
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Thu 04:30 AM - 05:30 AM America/New_York
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Sat 08:30 AM - 09:30 AM America/New_York
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How much time should a student enrolling for this course practice everyday?
Students should practice a minimum of 30 minutes every day. If they can devote more time to practice, they will learn better and faster.
What if a student is unable to attend an upcoming class?
The student is required to inform the teacher about his absence from a particular session, two days 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 a class?
In case the teacher is unavailable for the scheduled class, he/she will inform the students two days 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 the teacher take to revert to a query raised after class hours?
The teacher will try to revert back to queries raised after class hours within a 24 hour period.
Can this course be customized?
Yes, the course can be customized.
Can students of all age enroll to this course?
Students aged 8 or above can join this course.

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