Varnams are very important compositions in Carnatic Music that are introduced to the learner in the intermediate stage after geethams or even simple krithis. Varnams are structured compositions with various parts like pallavi, anupallavi, charnam,chittaswarams, and ettugada swarams that are designed to bring out the melodic structure of the raga with rhythmic variations. Varnams are great for practice and are rendered commonly in 2 speeds. Since varnams inherently contain a mixture of lyrics with long vowels and swaras (solfa syllables) , they are challenging to render with clarity and bhava. (aesthetic appeal)

There are two kinds of varnams, tana varnams and pada varnams. Varnams are normally performed as a warm-up piece at the beginning of a concert and also constitute a central part of a Bharatanatyam performance as well.

Learn varnam by great gurus we have included a collection of popular varnams and some rare varnams. The essential methods of practice and delivery are also emphasized in these lessons.


Perfecting Carnatic Music Level 2 Varnams


Popular Varnams Course

  1. Kalyani Ata Tala Varnam -Vanajakshi ninnekori
  2. Shankarabharanam ata tala varnam – Chalamela
  3. Chalamela – Nattakurinji Varnam
  4. Ento preme tone – Surati Varnam
  5. Surati Varnam – Enta prema tone – Pallavi Gopala Iyer
  6. Saveri varnam -Sarasuda
  7. Kedaragowla varnam – Sami daya jooda
  8. Shree varnam – Sami ninne
  9. Sahana Varnam – Karunimpa – Tiruvotriyur Tyagaiyer
  10. Begada varnam- Inta chalamu
  11. Navaragamalika varnam- Valachi vacchi


Rare Varnams Course

  1. Darbar Varnam- Chalamelara – Tiruvotriyur Tyagaiyer
  2. Chakravakam Varnam-Jalajakshi – Patnam Subramanya Iyer
  3. Kambhoji Varnam- Kamalakshi – Kunnakudi Krishanier
  4. Keeravani Varnam-Chalamela
  5. Poornachandrika Varnam-Yaala Nannechevu – Ramaswamy Dikshitar
  6. Madhyamavathi Varnam- Saraguna Nannela – Tiruvotriyur Tyagaiyer
  7. Mandari Varnam- Vanajaksha – Mysore Vasudevachar
  8. Hindolam Varnam – Mal marugan – Thanjavur Shankara Iyer
  9. Sama Varnam-Nerajanow Ninne – Patnam Subramanya Iyer
  10. Sarasaninnu – Kapi Varnam – Tanjore Quartet
  11. Maguva – Narayanagowla Ata tala varnam – Veenai Kuppaiyer

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