Indian Music - Carnatic

Edited: April 5, 2019, 9:10 PM ·

Carnatic music is the name given to the art form that I have had my training in. This art form has a lineage dating back many centuries.

Several reasons have been attributed to the name Carnatic for the music of South India. Many are of the opinion that the region to the south of the Vindhyas was known as Karnatakam and thus the name. The word Karnatakam also stands for that which is very old and scholars have interpreted it to mean that this music form is very ancient. My learning and experience with my gurus , maestros in this art form is a slightly different take. This form of music is well defined by this Sanskrit phrase , “ Karneshu Atati iti Karnatakam “. A music that pleases your ears (literal translation), can be interpreted as a music that is pleasant to your ears is Carnatic music. Also this traditional art form was passed down through the aural tradition .

To share this wonderful art form with the world, I am launching a new initiative, “Violin Padma- Select Club”. This new initiative brings together all music enthusiasts worldwide to converge on a single platform specially designed for this purpose, so that they can participate more directly in my concert life and also help me inspire new audiences to enjoy and learn music.

I have also launched a new online self learning educational program based on Problem Based Learning (PBL) method. This integrates the tradition and the new technological advancements provide a unique opportunity to all music enthusiasts all over the globe, to learn this form of music cutting across the boundaries of race, language and country. These meticulously designed lesson packages help a student understand and learn according to his pace and time . The lessons are broken down into chunks which are simply explained and demonstrated. Once the student has made some progress by himself , he can take advantage of the workshops that are offered in different levels of learning.

For more details regarding this, visit http://violinpadmashankar.com . Call or what’s app +91 9884198930

Replies (4)

March 30, 2019, 1:54 PM · I know less about Karnatic music than its Hindustan "cousin".
I shall certainly visit your site!
March 30, 2019, 4:12 PM · Wonderful style. I got hooked when I first heard L.Shankar:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLmcXBrhcOQ&list=OLAK5uy_kIRo_KunAL7jt2tEI_TVyFkD8NkGlLMIU&index=5

What struck me as a classically trained player, was how the violin is so malleable that it can sound so varied - much like the human voice. Western classical violin is just one language but there are many.


Good luck.

April 8, 2019, 6:56 AM · Hey Padma!

It's very nice, and everything is very good. I don't really know about raga, but I suspect, and feel, that proper classical technique limits somehow the range of melodies you can play, especially the ekashruti.

I can't really find, or it's very difficult to find a hand position where the bowhold and the left hand shape matches your anatomy, and it can serve a wide range of shrutis.

But, watching videos from classical violin, for ex. mr. Perlman, can help building a good left hand biomechanics, otherwise I suspect if you want to play a proper raga range, uh I mean play all the ragas, WITH the exceptional notes, in tune, then you have to just hold it like l. Shankar did, as mentioned before.

Playing thumris...... well...... :) I mean classial technique, but then there is a need for a shoulder rest.....

I don't know, but I learned some ragas is India, but I'm trying to forget the gamaks. but then I am limited somehow, because I can't find a left hand position where if I tune in D, then an ekashruti (forgive me if I'm wrong) ga disables a fourth finger natural A. Then I have to play the A open string, because the shruti inclusive second finger ga implies a lower fourth finger A, which is I'm not sure how it is called, I don't know which type of shruti.

It does not really matter, but theoretically you should be able to put down your fingers in a way, that you can play double stops with re ga ma pa, that is, double stop with pa, which is the A. But then if the fourth finger is lower, in tune, then the open string does not really resonate with that......

So, I guess, You have to figure it out.... because I don't know.....

April 13, 2019, 10:28 AM · @Krisztian Gabris - Hello ! Lovely to know that you have learnt some part of Indian classical music ( HindustanI)Yes to play Indian classical music in a standing position I totally agree that you definitely need a shoulder rest. This is because of the different kinds of gamakas like jaaru ( meend in hindustani), kampita, janta and so on . The A is played with the tall finger on the D string . We also use the little finger for this note while playing some phrases. It is more phrase based for the raga . It's always very enriching to figure it out by oneself but a Guru's guidance is like a light on this path

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