Karnatic Music Reader
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Karnatic Music Reader

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Item Code: IHL073
Author: Dr. S. Bhagyalekshmy
Publisher: CBH Publications
Language: English
Edition: 2015
ISBN: 8185381127
Pages: 103
Cover: Paperback
Other Details 9.5 Inch X 7.0 Inch
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The present reader in Kamatic music is a systematic introduction of the study of karnatic music. The reader in four parts covers the different musical forms in karnatic music.

In the first part starting with simple introduction and the history of south Indian music the book ventures into the teaching of fundamentals notes Sarlivarisas janta varisas Alankara gitam svarajathi and jathisvaram. The lessons have been arranged in simple notation.

The second part covers the various aspects of vamam. The introduction gives a proper evaluation of various types of Varman and a not on different composer. The notations of about 40 different vamam in adi tala ata tala and pada varma have been notated in simple form for easy rendering. The varmans have been selected to represent the best from various composers of karnatic music.

The third part covers Kirtans. A detailed introduction on Keertanas and various composers have been added. The notation of about 40 popular Kirtans have been given in simple notation. Representative compositions of important composers has been selected.

The fourth part covers the musical forms like daru Varnam pada, tillanas tans varmas javali ragamilika utsava sampradaya keetanas tirupaugazh kavadi chindu etc. These compositions portray the varied facets of karnatic music all these forms have an introduction about them.

The complete reader in 4 parts will be a compendium of musical forms of karnatic music. The notations for the compositions have been in simplest form possible so that the student learner can learn them with minimal effort. The selection of compositions have been made to cover representative composers of karnatic music.



About ten years back my father advised me to prepare graded text books in music for the use of students. Consequent on his persistent advice I started preparing my graded lessons in music in Malayalam. These books took shape in the form Karnantaka Sangeetha Pretamala and were completed in six parts covering all the aspects of karnatic music. With the persistent of my well wishers and requests from teaching and student quarters I have planned these series in English.

In this second series of Karnatic music reader I have tried to present karnatic music lessons in a systematic manner 34 adi tala varnam 14 ata tala varnam and 5 pada varnam. These lessons help in achieving a fundamental base for the learners of karnatic music. The svara notation has been kept as simple as possible so that the learner can study the lessons with the minimal help from his teacher. I have also included a description of the different forms of varnam before each section treating in detail the nuances of each type at the beginning of the chapter so that the students can understand these musical forms. This will also help them in rendering them. It is suggested that the students take the lessons in graded way and karnatic them in a regular way so that they achieve a better knowledge of the fundamentals of karnatic music. Each composition has its own merit in understanding the tala raga etc so that it will be beneficial for the students to obtain proficiency in these aspects. This will put him in good stead in mastering the advanced lessons in karnatic music.

I have tried to the minimize the number of ragas so that the student is not put to very much technicalities of the raga rendering and its intricacies.

To a great extent I have been guided by the requirements of the music students of the colleges though this has not restrained me from keeping the paramount interest of the learners and listeners of karnatic music. Though these lessons are complete in its own way it will be helpful for the student to make use of a teacher in learning the fundamentals of the raga tala etc. this will instill in him a confidence in learning karnatic.

I have planned further graded lessons for the continuous learners of karnatic music in this series. The third second series will comprise of keertans and the fourth in the series will have advanced compositions for the practicing vocalist like Tillana Javeli padas Divynamakirtans Ragamalikas etc.

I use this opportunity to thank the students and teachers and lovers of music who have extended wholehearted support for my book. Without this continuous encouragement I would not have continued to write. When all is said it is not urban theoretician had the simple unsophisticated rustic village teacher who sustains the art form and saves it from extinction.

I am thankful to Sri M. Easwaran editor for his continued support in the editing of the manuscript and Smt. M. Ginja proprietor CBH publication for undertaking the publication of this series.

Lastly I place these series before the learners and lovers of music and ask for their critical comments about this venture and expect their wholehearted support in making this series success.




  Adi Tala Varnam     1-56
1 Yevari Bodha ni Abhogi Patnam Subramonia Iyer 1
2 Ninnu Kori Mohanam Ramnad Srinivasa Iyengar 2
3 Jalajaksha Hamsadhvani Manambuchavadi Venkatasubba Iyer 4
4 Ninnu Kori Vasantha Tachur Singaracharya 5
5 Sri Rajamatangi Udayaravichandrika Muthiah Bhagavathar 7
6 Semi Nee todi Pantuvarali (kamavardhini)   9
7 Saami Ninnekori Sankarabharanam Vina Kuppayyar 10
8 Vanajakshiro Kalyani Ramnad Srinivasa Iyengar 12
9 Sarasijanaba Mayamlavagaula Swati Tirunal 13
10 Yeraanaa pai Thodi Patnam Subramonia Iyer 15
11 Saami Dayajuda Kedaragaula Tiruvottiyur Tyagayya 17
12 Sarasuda Saveri Kothavasal Venkatramayyar 18
13 Inda Modi Saranga Tiruvottiyur Tyagayya 20
14 Karunimpa Sahana tiruvottiyur Tyagayya 22
15 Yendo Prema Surutti Pallavi Gopalayaar 23
16 Pagavarri Hamsadhvani Patnam Subramonia Iyer 25
17 Intha Schaalamujestie Begada Patnam Subrmonia Iyer 26
18 Taruni Ninnu kamboji Violin Ponnuswami 28
19 Intha Chauka Bilahri Veena Kuppayyar 30
20 Saraguna Madhyamavathi tiruvpttiyur Tyagayya 32
21 Ninnekoriyunna Kaanada Tiruvpttiyur Tyagayya 33
22 Chalamelajesiva Darbar Tiruvpttiyur Tyagayya 35
23 Sumukhai Saraswathi Kesavanantha Bharathi 37
24 Mahishasuramardini Andolika Muthiah Bhagavatar 38
25 Sarasijaksha Ninne Nayaki Venkatramana Iyer 40
26 Palumaaru Devamanohari Patnam Subramonia Iyer 41
27 Sarasakshi Kamboji Vina Kupayyar 43
28 Sarasijanabhamampahi Natta Parameswara Bhagavatar 45
29 Sarsijamukhiro Arabhi Pallavi Doraswamy Iyer 46
30 Saami Ninne Sri Karur Devudu Iyer 48
31 Valachi Vaachi Navaragamalika Patnam Subramonia Iyer 50
32 Chelimikorivachyunathi gaula Vina Kuppayyar 52
33 Tamsimchaka Asaveri Patnam Subramonia Iyer 53
34 Vanajaksha Hindusthani Bihag Vina Kuppayyar 55
  Adi Tala Varnas     57-85
1 Chalamelajese Vura Sankarabharanam Swati Tirunal 58
2 Vanajakshi Ninne Kalyani Pallavi Gopalayyar 60
3 Vanajaksha nine Ritigaula Vina Kuppayyar 62
4 Sarasijanabha Kambhoji Vian Swati Tirunal 65
5 Viriboni Bharivi12 Vian Kuppayyar 67
6 Viriboni Kaanada Ramnad Srnivassa Iyenger 70
7 Kanakangi Nee Thodi Pallavi Gopalayyar 72
8 Cheliyaapaidaya Pantuvarali Vina Kuppayyar 74
9 Saminipai Anandabhairavi Vina Kuppayyar 76
10 Ikanela Poornachandrika Patnam Subramonia Iyer 79
11 Saaminivegane Nattakutinji Patnam Subramonia Iyer 81
12 Manomohana Mohanam Muthiah Bhagavatar 83
  Padavarna     86-104
1 Chalamelajesura Nattakurinji   87
2 Saava Maarusha Kamas Swati Tirunal 90
3 Daanisammajendra Thodi Swati Tirunal 94
4 Saadhu Vibhaata Bhupala Swati Tirunal 98
5 Samiyai Vara Poorvikalyani   101

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