Learn Thillanas

The Carnatic equivalent of the Hindustani Tarana, a Thillana is usually performed at the end of a concert and owing to its fast paced rythm, leaves the audience on a high note. Thillanas are also sung along classical dance performances. In this course, the legendary Carnatic vocalist, Dr Balamuralikrishna, briefly talks about how Tillanas came about and evolved before proceeding to teach two of his self composed Tillanas.

Instructor: Dr Balamuralikrishna

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41

Suggested Time

8 weeks

Pricing

Dakshina 

Language

English

Rating

4.5

Unit 1: Introduction

About Thillana 16 min

Dr Balamuralikrishna introduces the concept of Thillana and why they're sung at the end of a concert. Telling the story of the evolution of Thillanas from being odes to Kings to becoming high tempo hymns to Devatas, he explains how poetry has gradually become an important part of the process of composition of Thillanas.
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Unit 2: Learn to sing thillanas

Gam Ganapathym 20 min

As is the long standing tradition in Indian classical music, any performance begins with the worship of Sri Ganapati (Ganesh). In the same spirit, Dr Balamuralikrishna starts teaching with a thillana dedicated to Ganesh.
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Brindavani Thillana 32 min

This thillana is composed in Raag Brindaavani and Adhi Talam. The words are in Telugu dedicated to Lord Krishna.
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Unit 3: Interview

Tips for learners 6 min

General tips for students of Carnatic music
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