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'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.
Students enrolling for this Long-term course on ipassio have the advantage of getting introduced to or learn the intricacies of an art form, from an experienced exponent of the art. Long-term courses deal with creating a strong foundation on a specific topic. The syllabus of a Long-term course is predefined and ready before the commencement of the course. This gives students an understanding of the knowledge they will gain in the stipulated period of time, helping them in their planning and decision making. The persistent support from teachers enables the student to accomplish and achieve the desired result or outcome within the given time frame. The class strength for this course is limited to 3, ensuring that each student gets attention. A set of 3 individuals enrolling for this course encourages learning from peers and social interaction. This Long-term course bodes good for students passionate about learning, setting them up for the long-term or advanced level of learning.
Students must have the knowledge of basic and intermediate level in Carnatic vocals.