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Karnataka travel guide provides a detailed information on world famous Carnatic music. Most significant constituent of Carnatic music is its devout approach. The lyric of the traditional synthesis, whether mythical or convivial in character, are set completely against a religious or philosophical environment. On your traval vacations in Karnataka, indulge in a cultural evening to listen the most shoothing Carnatic music of India.

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Carnatic Music of India


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The origin of Indian Music can be traced back to the Veda 4000 BC. The Sama veda laid the foundation for Indian Music. Indian classical music is classified into two categories - Hindustani Music and Carnatic Music. Hindustani music has is origin in the northern regions of the country, while Carnatic music developed in the southern regions of India.


¤ Classification of South Indian Music

The long history of South Indian music can be classified into 3 periods - The Ancient Period, the Medieval Period and the Modern Period. Carnatic music lies under the Ancient Period of Indian Music Form. The back bone of this great music is Purandara Dasa, known as the Father of Carnatic Music, and other scholars who classifies the music and developed it as a medium of teaching, performing, prayer and therapy.


¤ Evolution of Carnatic Music

Famous Carnatic music holds a special place in the classical music of Southern India. The music is considered as one of the oldest systems of music in the world. Endowed with color of passion and the soul of innovation the music also is well equipped with a scientific advancement.

The Carnatic Music is developed through the system of ragas known as 'melodic scales' and talas 'rhythmic cycles'. There are seven rhythmic cycles and 72 fundamental ragas. All other ragas are considered to have branched from these. The 72 Melakarta Ragas is a detailed approach to identify these scales.

The illustration of a raga varies from musician to musician whereas the structured portion has its predefined path. These compositions are extremely popular, with a strong accent on rhythm and lively melodic patterns. Tyagaraja, Muthuswami Dikshitar and Shyama Shastri - the saint composers of the 19th century, have given the best compositions that are quite renowned worldwide.


¤ Purandara Dasa, Known as the Father of Carnatic Music

Purandara Dasa (1484-1564) has a strong influence in the development of Carnatic Music, he made great contributions to both Sacred and Art music. He is the most teeming of all the South Indian composers. He realized a well-organized approach to train students in Carnatic music. His teaching finally has formed and become a standard format to study the Carnatic Music. His great compositions - the "Swaravali" (simple exercises based on the Scale), "Alankaras" (exercises based on the seven basic Talas) and "Gitams" (simple melodic compositions in praise of the various deities), songs in Kannada known as "Devarnamas" have their special place in the world of Carnatic Music. He was also the creator of one of the most rhythmic musical form- "Kriti" which was later developed by the great composer "Thyagaraja".



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