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Dr. Lakshmi Sreeram
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Carnatic music is a vibrant musical tradition that has evolved, and is largely practiced, in Southern India and wherever else there is a significant diaspora of South Indians.

A highly nuanced and tonally rich melodic music, its rhythmic aspect too is considerably complex. As much as it is rooted in tradition there is immense demand on the improvisational skills of the musicians. The coming together of these two aspects in a concert can give the listener a musical high.

What makes this music so unique and rich? What happens in a typical concert? What do we look for? Who were the great musicians and composers who have made the music what it is today? These are some of the questions this course will try to answer.

What does a student need to bring to this course? An interest in music, a willingness to bite into a music technically and aesthetically very different from popular music-s and other forms like Western Classical music.

It would help if you have heard Carnatic music before, but that is not absolutely necessary. You will hear plenty during the course.
 

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Topics

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Music in India

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 Musical material

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Raga

4.

Tala

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Composition

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Improvisation

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Presentation of a Carnatic concert

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Accompaniment

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Listening to a Carnatic concert

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