In carnatic music, Anthara Gandharam (Ga3) has a peculiar characteristic. It can be heard clearly even when we play just Sa on tambura. It is a Swayambu Swaram, comes alive automatically due to the wonderful acoustics of tambura. This phenomenon is fundamentally important for carnatic music.

On a keyboard*, Major 3rd is used to approximate Ga3. However, Major 3rd (western music) is 400 cents# whereas proper carnatic Ga3 is at 386.31 cents above Sa (5/4 ratio).

ga3 is slightly below major 3rd on keyboard

Stuff on carnatic music is not usually hard to come by. Nowadays, one can look up Arohana/Avarohana of a Raga or list of compositions by a composer with a quick web search. And then there are resources- massive, huge, immense resources- that serious students and researchers should be thankful that they exist online.

Journal of the Music Academy

14th February is Musicologist Professor P. Sambamurthy’s birthday. I started reading his treatise, South Indian Music (6 volumes), when I got more than slightly interested in Carnatic music. I can’t say I liked it very much at first. But I knew it was a very important resource and kept coming back to it often.

At first, it didn’t feel like a crisp, concise theory book. I thought it had a lot of fluff and unnecessary boasting (about the system of music). I began appreciating the quality of the contents only after reading a few more theory books. Some of them had passages literally copied from Sambamoorthy’s, while others didn’t have much of theoretical value IMHO (particularly the ones began with “Carnatic music originated from Shiva’s head”)

Professor Sambamurthy's books

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Sep 22, 2012

Jul 6, 2011

Reaper is my main Digital-Audio-Workstation. It’s just awesome!

Another score graduated from my Carnatic Scores Repository - Saint Tyagaraja’s kriti Brochevarevare in Sriranjani Ragam, Adi Talam

A typical page in a music theory/appreciation book looks like this -

Introduction To Music Appreciation - Miller

Problem: It’s difficult to go through the musical examples. One must look for the recordings, or try to play them on an instrument (or sing). In some books, musical examples are printed in a separate section and referred through out the book (Refer: Ex. 1…). This makes reading the book unnecessarily complicated while the material discussed itself may not be that difficult.

Dec 22, 2010

Added two varnam tables. 8 Adi Thala Varnams (from year 2, certificate course, AP govt. music colleges).

Working on this -

I’ve created a repository for Carnatic Music Scores. One can download Carnatic Music Notations/Scores for Varnams, Kritis along with the source file/document which generated the score. At present the repository has a few completed scores and a few more almost ready scores.

Sep 12, 2010

An Avant-Garde Tuesday, Composed and Performed by Ananth.

Occasion: Annual day celebrations, Sri Bhakta Ramadas Govt. College of Music and Dance.

Music Theory notes for Carnatic Music at Government Music colleges, Andhra Pradesh/Telangana

Carnatic Music Theory - Year I (pdf, ~110 KB)

Year II (pdf, ~217 KB)

Shruti Carnatic Tuner
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Tune your instruments or voice to proper Carnatic shruti. Automatic swaram detection!

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  • “Chalamela” - Varnam
  • Ragam: Dharbar, Thalam: Adi, Composer: Thiruvotriyur Tyagayyar
  • Score Transcribed by Ananth. March 2010
  • License: Creative Commons - Free for Non-Commercial, Share-alike use.

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