Acharyanet Online Carnatic Courses

Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Level Courses

This page contains details of the Acharyanet Live Online Courses. To know more about this newly launched initiative click here.

 

Special Creativity (improvisation/manodharma) Courses 

 

Click here to see a video preview from the session on Raga Anandabhairavi.

      1. Periodicity: Weekly: Students can register for each week or for a certain number of weeks in advance, based on convenience.
      2. These special weekly online courses by Sangeet Samrat Chitravina N Ravikiran are only open to students of Intermediate (at least 10 varnams+kritis combined) or Advanced levels (at least 40-50 varnam/krtis and familiar with manodharma basics). 
      3. Separate sessions will be held for each level: 
        • 10:00 am Central Time, USA (8:30 pm, India) on Saturdays – Advanced 
        • 10 am Central Time, USA (8:30 pm, India) on Sundays – Intermediate 

4. One or two ragas will be analysed over each session with specific tips on alapana including key & appropriate phrases, definitive endings, syllabalisation, akara techniques and kalpana swaras voice/instrumental techniques.

5. In the case of ghana ragas/rakti/other important ragas (like Shankarabharanam, Todi, Kalyani, Kambhodhi etc/Sahana, Devagandhari, Nayaki, Kedaragowla, Yadukulakambhodhi etc/Keeravani/Shanmukhapriya/Vachaspati/Latangi etc), the same raga may be covered in extra sessions.

6. Duration: Between 45-70 minutes based on musical flow.

 

 

Masterclasses on Compositions

A golden opportunity to draw from the incredible repertoire of every major musical form from Sangeet Samrat Chitravina N Ravikiran, acknowledged globally as one of the greatest musician-composers India has produced.  What students get is not only the melody, rhythm and lyrics but also the astonishing insights into raga, bhava, laya, lyrics and much more.

        1. Periodicity: Weekly: 10:30  am Central Time, USA (9:00 pm, India) on every Wednesday 
        2. Open to: Only to both vocalists and instrumentalists of any age who are at the Intermediate level (at least 10 varnams+kritis combined) or Advanced level (at least 40-50 varnam/krtis).
        3. Students can register for each week or for a certain number of weeks in advance 
        4. Typically, one song will be covered per session or two based on the size of the composition and details involved. 
        5. Duration: Between 45-65 minutes based on musical flow. 

Acharyanet Online Classes – Intermediate Level Courses

  • Basic Course material: Perfecting Carnatic Music Level 2 book  and Video lessons from Acharyanet
  • Courses duration range from 4 to 12 weeks. Students are required to attend all course sessions for best results.
  • It is strongly recommended (though not mandatory)  that students complete the Perfecting Carnatic Music Level 1 portions outlined in the Preliminary Module before proceeding to Intermediate and Advanced Level sections. 
  • Courses include review sessions by the Director, Chitravina N Ravikiran.
  • Enroll in a course based on your own assessment of your levels and capabilities. We will take your enrollment on faith and teach as per the standards required for that level. If  faculty deems that you require extra help/inputs, Acharyanet could arrange for extra classes at a prorated cost.
  • Appropriate assignments will be given to enable development of the student’s musical intuition.
  • Even if a course includes material that you have already learned elsewhere, refinements, voice techniques/ exercises and key information pertaining to the ragas will be taught which will help you learn more advanced compositions in them easily. 

If you are unsure which course to enrol for, send us a short audio sample of your rendition of any song (varisai/geetam/varnam/kriti) to support@acharyanet.com with the subject “Need Suggestion for Course Enrollment” and we will have one of our faculty listen and email you the feedback  within a day!

 

 

Carnatic Intermediate 303 – 2 mid-level Varnams + 3 mid-level Krithis  from Perfecting Carnatic Music Level 2

Duration of each of these courses: 12 weeks each – Meet Weekly Once (Click on Green Enroll Button below to see Fee details)

  • The Saranga Adi-tala Varnam, Intamodi and Vasantha Adi-tala varnam, Ninnukori will be taught in this course.
  • The 3 krithis  included in this course are:

           Pamarajana –  Sumadhyuti – Muthuswamy Dikshitar – Roopakam

           Senapate – Gowla – Oottukkadu Venkata Kavi – Adi

           Garudagamana – Nagaswaravali – Thyagaraja – Roopakam

The varnam is an exquisite musical form essential for practice and performance.  Varnams are composed with sparse lyrics, the correct rendition of which demands great skill.  They consist of multiple parts including solfa (swara) passages. They are composed in the third speed of 4 units per beat but rendered in multiple speeds during practice or performance. After gaining familiarity with geetams in important ragas, varnams are the best way to take one’s musicianship forward. 

Kritis are the most common type of compositions seen in Carnatic Music concerts and usually comprise a pallavi, anupallavi and charanam.  They may be slow-paced or fast-paced. There are many melodic variations (sangatis) in kritis which adds a lot of weight and color to the composition. Kritis may be presented with or without improvisation in concerts. 

It is important to learn varnams and kritis from authoritative sources and practice them scores of times and polish them. They must be rendered in a structured and precise manner. 

 

Goal

  • At the end of this session, students will be able to sing the taught varnams in 2 speeds and render the krithis with correct gamakas and tala. 
  • They will know the raga lakshana and key phrases of the ragas taught. 
  • Students will be given training and assignments to enable them to sing the scales of the first 36 Melakarta Ragas.
  • Guided listening sessions of senior vocalists and instrumentalists will also be included.

Fees – 420 USD | 15,000 Rs

 
 
 

Carnatic Intermediate 304 – 2 mid-level Varnams + 4 mid-level Krithis  from Perfecting Carnatic Music Level 2

Duration of each of these courses: 12 weeks each – Meet Weekly Once (Click on Green Enroll Button below to see Fee details)

  • The Pantuvarali Adi-tala Varnam, Samininne and Kalyani Adi-tala varnam, Vanajakshiro will be taught in this session.
  • The 4 krithis  included in this course are:

               Idisamayamura –  Chayanata – Thyagaraja – Adi

               Shreemannarayana – Bowli – Annamacharya- Adi

               Sarasakshi – Pantuvarali – Swati Tirunal – Adi

               Durusuga – Kedaram – Karur Brothers – Roopakam

 

Goal

  • At the end of this session, students will be able to sing the taught varnams in 2 speeds and render the krithis with correct gamakas and tala. 
  • They will know the raga lakshana and key phrases of the ragas taught. 
  • Students will be given training and assignments to enable them to sing the scales of the first 36 Melakarta Ragas.
  • Guided listening sessions of senior vocalists and instrumentalists will also be included.

Fees – 420 USD | 15,000 Rs

 

 

Preliminary Courses 

  • Basic Course material: Perfecting Carnatic Music Level 1  Book and Video lessons from Acharyanet
  • Courses duration range from 4 to 12 weeks. Students are required to attend all course sessions for best results.
  • It is strongly recommended (though not mandatory)  that students complete the Perfecting Carnatic Music Level 1 portions outlined in the Preliminary Module before proceeding to Intermediate and Advanced Level sections. 
  • Courses include review sessions by the Director, Chitravina N Ravikiran.
  • Appropriate assignments will be given to enable development of the student’s musical intuition.

If you are unsure which course to enrol for, send us a short audio sample of your rendition of any song (varisai/geetam/varnam/kriti) to support@acharyanet.com with the subject “Need Suggestion for Course Enrollment” and we will have one of our faculty listen and email you the feedback  within a day!

 

Carnatic Preliminary 101 – Voice Culture, Sarali and Jantai Varisais

Duration: 8 weeks – Once a Week (Click on Green Enroll Button below to see Fee details)

This is the entry level course for Carnatic Music beginners who don’t have prior experience in learning music. The course will cover voice culture exercises, fundamentals of music theory, sarali varishais and jantai varishai.

Goal

  • At the end of this course, students will be confident with melody and rhythm and be able to render the varisais in at least 2 speeds in both swaram and akaram.
  • They will also be trained on important ornamentation such as kampitam (oscillation) and sphuritam and gain fluency in rendering of double notes through the jantai varishais exercises.
  • Students will be taught the concept and names of the 16-note system unique to Carnatic music.
Fees – 240 USD | 8000 Rs
 
 

 

 

Carnatic Preliminary 201 –  Geethams/ Tiruppuhazhs Part II  from Perfecting Carnatic Music Level 1 

  • Duration: This course is for 12 weeks – Weekly Once (Click on Green Enroll Button below to see Fee details)

Goal

  • At the end of this session, students will be able to appreciate the concept of Ragas in Carnatic Music  and have an introduction to the simplest Carnatic Music compositions, Geethams.
  • They will understand how to learn a composition by identifying the composer, raga scale, key phrases from the raga and how to enunciate and articulate the lyrics clearly. 
  • They will get a strong foundation in gamakas specific to the taught ragas, essential for learning advanced compositions.
  • Guided listening sessions of senior vocalists and instrumentalists will also be included.
  • They will also be able to sing the scale of a few select ragas from the Raga list given in the book. 

 

Fees – 360 USD | 12,000 Rs

 

 

Carnatic Preliminary 201 –  Geethams/ Tiruppuhazhs Part III from Perfecting Carnatic Music Level 1

Goal

  • At the end of this session, students will be able to appreciate the concept of Ragas in Carnatic Music  and have an introduction to the simplest Carnatic Music compositions, Geethams.
  • They will understand how to learn a composition by identifying the composer, raga scale, key phrases from the raga and how to enunciate and articulate the lyrics clearly. 
  • They will get a strong foundation in gamakas specific to the taught ragas, essential for learning advanced compositions.
  • Guided listening sessions of senior vocalists and instrumentalists will also be included.
  • They will also be able to sing the scale of a few select ragas from the Raga list given in the book. 

 

Fees – 360 USD | 12,000 Rs

 

 

Carnatic Preliminary 201 – Part IV – 72 mela-ragamalika Geetam 

Duration: 4 weeks – Weekly Once (Click on Green Enroll Button below to see Fee details)

  • Students will be taught this unique practice and performance composition that covers each of the 72 Melakarta ragas  – Principal Scales of Carnatic Music in merely 7 minutes. 
  • This piece covers the names and scales of the 72 melakartas right from the 1st mela Kanakangi to the 72nd mela, Rasikapriya. 
  • It also gives the names of the 12 chakras like Indu, Netra, Agni that these 72 ragas are classified under. 
  • More importantly, this composition highlights the type of ornamentation applied in swaras such as Ri3, Ga3, Da1, Ni3 etc.
  • As vitally, this piece illustrates the primary  rules of handling important note combinations such as Ri2-Ga2, Ri2-Ga3, G3-M2 etc.
  • They will also be taught the principle behind the 72 Melakartas and their serial numbers and be encouraged to memorise and try to render their scales.
  • This will provide the strongest possible foundation for the students not only with respect to the theory of the melas but also how to render compositions in even challenging ragas like Chalanata, Salagam, Sucharitra etc subsequently. 

 

 

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