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Intermediate Course

By the end of the foundation course, the student will be able to persue the next level which will mould the student to become a concert performer. The time and work of both the student and the teacher is very much important during this course.

A new musical form varnam[in Adi tala only] is introduced in this course which prepares the student to handle intricate nuances and subtle gamakas of the particular raga in which the varnam is composed. Moreover the student is taught to handle the most important musical form kriti[madhyama kala kritis only] which are elaborate compositions rich in raga, bhava and tala aspects. This is the stage at which a student should cultivate a regular habit of hearing the performances of legendary as well as other professional singers and instrumental players. All these issues will be guided by the teacher during this course. This course will make the student sing fluently the kritis and makes them familiar with the raga identification thereby helping them out to persue the next level.

We offer 3 levels in this intermediate course.

  1. Intermediate Level 1
  2. Intermediate level 2
  3. Intermediate level 3
Level 1

Introduction of the musical form varnam therefore enhancing the voice culture and teaching the subtle nuances of raga handling. Learns to sing Kritis of simple nature.

Learning experience:

      Should have completed the 3 levels in the foundation course.

              Or

      Should be able to sing the varisais, geethams, swara jatis and jati swarams perfectly with akarams:

Portions covered during this course:
  1. Varnams in the following ragas
    1. Mohanam
    2. Shankarabharanam
    3. Hamsadwani
    4. Abogi
    5. Kalyani
  2. Pancharatna Kriti of Tyagaraja:
  3.    Jagadanandakaraka.
  4. Kritis in the following ragas.
    1. Shankarabharanam
    2. Hamsadwani
    3. Abogi
    4. Nattai
    5. Hindolam
    6. Malayamarutham
    7. Shanmugapriya
    8. Kedaram
    9. Arabhi
    10. Kapi.

    The Lakshana of these ragas should be taught to the student. The teacher should note that the kritis should be in different talas, languages and should cover different composers The compositions in these ragas should be mentioned and the student should be motivated to listen to the raga alapana as well as the compositions in the raga which would help the student during the introduction of manodarma or creative music.

  5. Study of the musical forms:
    1. Varnam in a brief mannar
    2. Kriti
  6. Biography and contribution of Shyama shastri
  7. Tambura- A detailed study.
Course objectives:
  1. Learn to sing the varnams in 2 speeds.
  2. Understands to sing the swaras of a raga with theirGamakas and raga bhava.
  3. Learn to sing the kritis.
  4. Knows about the structure and utility of tambura.
  5. Knows the Lakshana or the grammar of certain ragas.
  6. Motivates the student for further learning.
Course duration:

The Duration of this course is assumed to be 6 months[8 classes per month]. But it will depend on the performance and progress of the student. The liberty to decide the time duration of the course for a individual student vests with the teacher.

Level 2

Learns further more varnams and kritis in tougher ragas enhancing the voice culture. Introduces a new musical form Jawali.

Learning experience:

      Should have completed the foundation level and level 1 in the intermediate course

            Or

      Should be able to sing 5 varnams in 2 speeds.

Portions covered during the course:
  1. Varnams in the following ragas
    1. Vasantha
    2. Saranga
    3. Kamboji
    4. Saveri
    5. Darbar
  2. Kritis in the following ragas.
    1. Vasanta
    2. Darbar
    3. Kamboji
    4. Saveri
    5. Saranga
    6. Mayamalava gaulai.
    7. Ritigaulai
    8. Ananda bairavi
    9. Kharaharapriya
    10. Gaulai.

    The Lakshana of these ragas should be taught to the student. The teacher should note that the kritis should be in different talas, languages and should cover different composers. The compositions in these ragas should be mentioned and the student should be motivated to listen to the raga alapana as well as the compositions in the raga which would help the student during the introduction of manodarma or creative music.

  3. Duduku kala pancharatnam of Tyagaraja in Gaulai.
  4. A jawali
  5. Tana varnam and pada varnam- similarities and dissimilarities
  6. Vina- A detailed study
  7. Biography and contribution of Patnam subramanya iyer and papanasam sivan.
  8. Course objectives:
    1. Learns to sing the varnas more perfect.
    2. Kritis in more ragas are learnt.
    3. A new musical form called Jawali is introduced.
    4. Raga lakshanams and different talas are known
    5. Structure of vina, the national instrument is known.
    6. The biography and contribution of 2 more composers are known
    7. Motivates the student to learn the next level.
    Course duration:

    The Duration of this course is assumed to be 6 months[8 classes per month]. But it will depend on the performance and progress of the student. The liberty to decide the time duration of the course for a individual student vests with the teacher.

    Level 3

    Learns varnams and kritis in more complex ragas enabling the student to handle them accurately. A new musical form called Tillana is introduced.

    Learning experience:

          Should have completed the foundation course and 2 levels in intermediate course.

                Or

          Should be able to sing 10 varnams and atleast 10 kritis.

    Portions covered during this course:
    1. Varnams in the following ragas:
      1. Sahana
      2. Begada
      3. Todi
      4. Navaraga malika varnam
      5. Sri
      6. Suruti
    2. Sadinchane pancharatnam of Tyagaraja.
    3. Kritis in the following ragas:
      1. Sahana
      2. Begada
      3. Todi
      4. Suruti
      5. Keeravani
      6. Kaanada
      7. Natai kurunji
      8. Bagudari
      9. Bhairavi
      10. Sri.
    4. Study of the musical form pada varnam and daru varnam in a brief manner.
    5. Nadaswaram- a Detailed study
    6. Biography and contribution of Swati Thirunal & Muthiyah bagavadar.
    7. A Tillana.
    Course objectives:
    1. Able to sing about 16 Adi tala varnams perfectly.
    2. Learns about 30 kritis by the end of this course.
    3. Learns the musical form Tillana.
    4. Knows the structure of Nadaswaram- The mangala vadyam of the south.
    5. Knows the contribution and biography of 2 modern composers of the 20th century.
    6. Motivates the student to persue the next level of complex music learning.