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Raaga-An appreciation course in Carnatic Music

Raaga-An appreciation course in Carnatic Music

The Indian sub-continent has a variety of music forms and a long history of evolution of music .

There are two major music traditions in India, namely “Carnatic Music” which is the South Indian Classical Music Tradition and “Hindustani Music” which is the North Indian Classical Music Tradition. Each tradition has various styles or “Banis” or “Gharanas” rich with a repertoire of compositions presented in a certain style.

This Indica Course will enable the learners to trace this journey of music, and appreciate the differences and recognize the similarities between these traditions.

COHORT COURSE
Duration
15 Hours
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Price

Course Fee: ₹3500
Medium of Instruction
English
Delivery
Online through Indica Courses Learning Portal
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Introduction

This Indica Course is a means of discovering and exploring few enriching aspects of the glorious music traditions of India. The learning will unfold using five basic premises, easily understandable to not only students of music, but also to connoisseurs, art lovers and anyone interested in  the evolution and development of the Carnatic music traditions.

The five premises used will be

1) The body 2) Action or activity 3) Space (Physical and Mental) 4) Time 5) Intent

Learners will be given reading instructions and take home pointers for reflection and assigned other materials, along with guidelines appropriate to the topic under discussion for the particular week.

Expected Outcomes

This course will

  • Provide a comprehensive historical basis about the evolution of carnatic music tradition
  • Inculcate an understanding of the mind/voice dynamic and its function in Indian knowledge systems
  • Instill awareness about some technical terms, usage and ideas often encountered while viewing a traditional music performance
  • Explore ragams and talams which form the basis of any composition presented in a music concert
  • Create an appreciation for the music, the artist and their artistry

Syllabus

  • What Is Music and Indian Music?
  • History of Carnatic Music
  • Vocal and Non-Vocal Music
  • Main components of Music
  • Carnatic Music Terminology
  • Carnatic Music in today’s context – Vocal Concert
  • Carnatic Music In today’s context – Dance Concert
  • Understanding Sahityam for Music
  • Carnatic Music through Indian Cinema
  • Carnatic Music with other Music traditions
Faculty
teacher

Ajeissh Menon

Sri Ajeesh Menon is a Carnatic vocalist, Guru and a composer.

He began his formal training in music at the age of eight years and has been trained by leading Gurus from Coimbatore, Chennai and Hyderabad for the last two decades.

He is currently under the tutelage of Sangeeta Vidwan Prof Sri K Sivaramakrishnan of Coimbatore. He has not only excelled as a student but also become a successful performer in many leading festivals and Sabhas in India for over a decade now.

Few of his collaborative performances include the Annamaya Paatalu for Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthanam, Khajuraho Dance Festival 2020, Kadambari Festival, Sanksritotsava, Chennai December Season festival and more.

Spanning a wide spectrum of compositions of Muthuswami Deekshitar,Oothukaadu Venkata Kavi and Maharaja Swati Tirunal, Sri Menon has an excellent proficiency in Sanskrit language and has also performed thematic concerts on these composers.

Sri Ajeesh is also a trained Bharatanatyam dancer and a Violinist. He has worked with multi-faceted dancers and choreographers in dance productions and operas like “Irumudi Iraivaa”, “Rama Bhakti Samrajyam”, “Lokaveeram” and “Sai Margam”.

Being well versed in Malayalam,Tamil and Telugu, he also pens compositions in these languages.