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Basics of Carnatic Vocalization Course

by Shriram Iyer

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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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    Shriram Iyer

    25 Years Experience

    From: India

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      Playback singing
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      b com, Gniit from mumbai

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      Owner - Om creations

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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.


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