This is an introductory course in Carnatic music or the South Indian classical music which can be traced back to the age of the Vedas. The word "Carnatic" means traditional or ancient. Carnatic music is based on a 22 scale note (swaras) in contrast to the 12 note scale that is used in western classical music. A unique combination of these notes or swaras as they are said, evolve into separate ragas. Thus in Carnatic music, the raga connotes a mood or a route in which the music is supposed to travel. Different combinations of the notes give rise to different ragas. As this course deals with fundamental aspects of Carnatic music, any beginner can take it up and build their understanding in a thorough manner.
Instructor: Sowmya S
S. Sowmya (Tamil:ஸௌம்யா) is a Carnatic music singer. She learnt music initially from her father Dr. Srinivasan, and later from Dr. S. Ramanathan and Smt.T. Muktha. Vidushi S. Sowmya is one of the world’s leading exponents of the Carnatic (South Indian classical) tradition of vocal music. She is reputed for her deeply classical style and for her large repertoire spanning a wide spectrum of composers, including some of the rarest works of the Carnatic Trinity. She is also a passionate promoter and practitioner of Tamizh Isai – the ancient classical and folk music traditions of Tamil Nadu.