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'Intermediate level Carnatic music' takes just over a year to complete, and is taught by one of India's best teachers, N S Kamakshi. Only suitable for students who have completed the basic level course, it will cover Adi Tala Varnam, Ata Tala Varnam and Keerthanams.
Keerthanam, also referred to as Kriti, is the name given to a format of musical composition in Carnatic music. A Carnatic concert will usually consist of Keerthanams with one Varnam, Thillānā and Rāgam Thānam Pallavi in the appropriate order. As such, it is a fundamental element of this course, and will be explored in detail.
With N S Kamakshi's guidance, students will also learn about Varnam, a form of song consisting of short metric pieces which contain the main requirements and features of a raga. Varnams are usually sung in two tala varieties, Adi Tala and Ata Tala. Ata Tala Varnams, which have a 14 beat cycle, are more advanced and complicated than Adi Tala Varnams, which have an 8 beat cycle.
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 level in Carnatic vocals.