Indian classical music primarily has two styles – the Hindustani and the Carnatic. While Hindustani music is prevalent in north India, Carnatic music is associated with the southern states of the country. Until the twelth and thirteenth centuries C.E. both Carnatic and Hindustani music shared a common antiquity.However with the arrival and influence of the Persians in India, Hindustani music evolved so as to become a separate genre.
The origins of Carnatic music cannot be easily indicated as it may well be traced to the Vedic period.Some of the references and descriptions cited in the ancient Sangam Literature of the south correspond to the Carnatic music as we know it today. The trajectory of this music spans across three distinct time-lines – the ancient, medieval and the modern.
The term ‘Carnatic music’ stems from the Sanskrit expression ‘Karnataka Sangitam’ which implies traditional music. It comprises of a highly developed theoretical system based on a complex technique of ‘Ragam’ (notes) and ‘Thalam’ (rhythm) which are the two main components of the music. In this form of classical music, the focus is placed on vocals with most compositions having been written to be sung.
Since its inception, Carnatic music has evolved and enriched itself due to the efforts of the highly proficient musicians and composers who have made significant contributions to the word of music. One cannot discuss the advancement of the music without making a reference to the seventeenth century which was considered the golden era of Carnatic music. This period experienced several important milestones in the development of the music thus enriching its traditional form while still maintaining its original magnificent essences.
Classical music today is still so alive and flourishing. Many youngsters are very passionate about Carnatic music and its impressive compositions. There is a desire among these young individuals to immerse themselves into the learning of this art form.
We provide such passionate and committed individuals the opportunity to embark on a musical journey with us. This sound and in-depth training is available to anyone above the age of five. Classes are conducted twice a week.