Intermediate level Carnatic Music

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'Intermediate level Carnatic music' is a personalized course building on the lessons covered in N S Kamakshi's basic level program. Students will have one 45-minute lesson every week for 66 weeks, learning more varnams and Keerthanams from various composers. N S Kamakshi is a disciple of Smt Suguna Varadachari, and all students will need to have grasped and understood the basics of Carnatic music to complete this course successfully. It is ideal for students aged 15 and above. 

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Tamil Nadu

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66 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

'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.

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Once complete, students will be able to enrol on the 'Advanced Carnatic vocal' course, which covers Manodharma singing, Neraval singing, ragas and kalpanaswaram. 

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

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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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