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Tambura Sruthi

Play or download Tambura Sruthi files for your practice sessions!

The following Sruthis are included (with Panchamam):

1 (C) 2 (D)  2-1/2 (D#) 3 (E)
4 (F) 4-1/2 (F#) 5 (G) 6 (A) low
6 (A) high 6-1/2 (A#) 7 (B) low 7 (B) high 

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Tuning the Violin for Carnatic Music

This lesson briefly explains how to tune the Violin to play South Indian Classical Music, also known as Carnatic Music. This lesson is also applicable to the Viola.

In this demonstration, the strings are tuned as:
  1st String from Right: E (high) - Madhyasthayi Panchamam (Pa)
  2nd String from Right: B (high) - Madhyasthayi Shadjam   (Sa)
  3rd String from Right: E (low)  - Mantrasthayi Panchamam (Pa)
  4th String from Right: B (low)  - Mantrasthayi Shadjam   (Sa)

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Kundagaura Geetham – Step by Step Lesson

This step-by-step lesson briefly explains the Gamakas and their use through the Geetham, “Kundagaura” in Raga Malahari set to Rupaka Talam.

Geetham:    Kundagaura Gaureevara
Composer:   Purandara Dasar
Ragam:      Malahari
            (Janyam of Mayamalavagaula, 15th Janaka Raga)
Arohanam:   S R1 M1 P D1 S
Avarohanam: S D1 P M1 G3 R1 S
Talam:      Rupakam (X X V)

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Gamakas in Sapta Swaras

This lesson shows how to play the Sapta Swaras on the Violin with Gamakas. The Swaras are played in the Raga “Mayamalavagaula”.

Ragam:      Mayamalavagaula
Arohanam:   S R1 G3 M1 P D1 N3 S
Avarohanam: S N3 D1 P M1 G3 R1 S
Talam:      Adi (X 1 2 3 X V X V)

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Sree Gananatha Geetham – Step by Step Lesson

This step-by-step lesson (in two parts) briefly explains the importance of Gamakas and demonstrates their use through the Geetham, “Sree Gananatha” in Raga Malahari set to Rupaka Talam.

Geetham:    Sree Gananatha
Composer:   Purandara Dasar
Ragam:      Malahari  
            (Janyam of Mayamalavagaula, 15th Janaka Raga)
Arohanam:   S R1 M1 P D1 S
Avarohanam: S D1 P M1 G3 R1 S
Talam:      Rupakam (X X V)

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Kamalajadala Geetham

This is the Geetham “Kamalajadala” in raga Kalyani. This video shows some of the basic gamakas that are needed to add “life” to the song.

Geetham:    Kamalajadala
Ragam:      Kalyani
Arohanam:   S R2 G3 M2 P D2 N3 S
Avarohanam: S N3 D2 P M2 G3 R2 S
Talam:      Tisra Jathi Triputa / Misra Chappu (X 1 2 X V X V)

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Kerayaneeranu Geetham

This is the Geetham “Kerayaneeranu” in raga Malahari. This video shows some of the basic gamakas that are needed to add “life” to the song.

Geetham:    Kerayaneeranu
Ragam:      Malahari
Arohanam:   S R1 M1 P D1 S
Avarohanam: S D1 P M1 G3 R1 S
Talam:      Tisra Jathi Triputa / Misra Chappu (X 1 2 X V X V)

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Analekara Geetham

This is the Geetham “Analekara” in raga Suddha Saveri. This video shows some of the basic gamakas that are needed to add “life” to the song.

Geetham:    Analekara
Ragam:      Suddha Saveri
Arohanam:   S R2 M1 P D2 S
Avarohanam: S D2 P M1 R2 S
Talam:      Tisra Jathi Triputa / Misra Chappu (X 1 2 X V X V)

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Varaveena Geetham

This is the Geetham “Varaveena Mrudupani” in raga Mohanam. This video shows some of the basic gamakas that are needed to add “life” to the song.

Geetham:    Varaveena
Ragam:      Mohanam
Arohanam:   S R2 G3 P D2 S
Avarohanam: S D2 P G3 R2 S
Talam:      Rupakam (X X V)

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Western-like Tune 01

This is a western like tune, set to Rupaka Talam.

Part-1: Swaras (S R2 G3 M1 P D2 N3)

S , N S , N || M , , M , , ||
G M P N , D || P , , P , , ||
D N S P , , || M P D G , , ||
R P M G , R || S , , S , , ||

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Madhyasthayi Swaras

This video shows one of the basic carnatic music lessons, the Madhya Sthayi (middle octave) swaras, played in three kalas (speeds) in raga Mayamalavagoula. The swaras are played with gamakas.

Ragam:      Mayamalavagaula
Arohanam:   S R1 G3 M1 P D1 N3 S 
Avarohanam: S N3 D1 P M1 G3 R1 S
Talam:      Adi (X 1 2 3 X V X V)

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Kunda Gaura Geetham

This is the Geetham “Kunda Gaura Gourivara” in raga Malahari. This video shows some of the basic gamakas that are needed to add “life” to the song.

Geetham:    Kunda Gaura
Composer:   Purandara Dasar
Ragam:      Malahari  
            (Janyam of Mayamalavagaula, 15th Janaka Raga)
Arohanam:   S R1 M1 P D1 S
Avarohanam: S D1 P M1 G3 R1 S
Talam:      Rupakam (X X V)

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Sree Gananatha Geetham

This is the Geetham “Sree Gananatha Sindura Varna” in raga Malahari. This video shows some of the basic gamakas that are needed to add “life” to the song.

Geetham:    Sree Gananatha
Composer:   Purandara Dasar
Ragam:      Malahari  
            (Janyam of Mayamalavagaula, 15th Janaka Raga)
Arohanam:   S R1 M1 P D1 S
Avarohanam: S D1 P M1 G3 R1 S
Talam:      Rupakam (X X V)

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