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Learning

Fundamentals of Melody

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A raga may be understood as a melodic scale of formula, created by using some of these 16 notes in a specific manner and combination. If we were to use all types of combinations available to us, with these notes we would arrive at over 7.2 million ragas.

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It is important for students to understand the importance of sustained practice over several hours. Although the process could be frustrating initially, patience and perseverance could bring great rewards in achieving fulfillment and progress. He recommends that students devote time for revision and focus on new areas that need to be mastered. Many great musicians have even devoted even 10-15 hours practice per day , which he highly recommends as an enlightening experience for aspiring students.

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Voice Culture

Voice Culture Videos

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Acharyanet has included some interviews with leading Carnatic Musicians like Sangeet Samrat Chitravina N Ravikiran, Smt Ranjini and Gayathri , Shri Abhishek Raghuram and Shri UnniKrishnan on this page. Many valuable tips have been provided to improve the singing voice.

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Musical Thoughts

A Thousand Ways to Praise God

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Most of the songs Venkata Kavi composed on his favourite God Krishna are part of an opera; the songs are composed as though sung by various gopis, in manner, tone and mood of what they saw Krishna as. Some are lamentations in not getting his attention, some are praising his prowess and some are scolding him for his antics

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The art of music is like an ocean. It is vast and deep. One could go for a swim and come back feeling refreshed. This is what most listeners do. One could take a boat out into the sea and return with a haul of fish. This is what many students do. Or, one could dive deep into it and emerge with invaluable treasures. This is what master musicians do.