Carnatic Classical Vocal
Carnatic music is a system of music commonly associated with the
southern part of the Indian subcontinent, with its area roughly
confined to four modern states of India: Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka,
Kerala, and Tamil Nadu. It is one of two main subgenres of Indian
classical music that evolved from ancient Hindu traditions, the other
subgenre being Hindustani music, which emerged as a distinct form
because of Persian and Islamic influences in northern India.
The main emphasis in Carnatic music is on vocal music and it is a very complicated yet systematically structured form of classical music. To master this, one should dedicate himself to the rigorous training pattern that carnatic music demands. As one commences learning carnatic music, the growth curve includes the following stages: Abhyaasa gaanam (Varisais, Alankarams), Geethams, Varnams, Krithis, Manodharma sangeetham and finally Ragam Thanam Pallavi.
Learning theory happens side by side along with the various stages or the levels. Basic lessons of carnatic music are taught in the traditional systematic way. The science and art of Indian classical music education has been traditionally teacher centric.
Although, lately, students are given many opportunities to make music decisions independently as they create music, to reflect and think critically about what they had created and performed.