Download: Carnatic Music Theory notes

Apr 7, 2010 • Ananth Pattabiraman

I’ve prepared some study material on Carnatic music theory. These notes are based on the syllabus framed by Potti Sriramulu Telugu University for Certificate in Music (Karnataka Sangeetham) examinations. Government music colleges in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh also follow the same syllabus. So, if you are a music student from one of the above mentioned colleges, or preparing to appear for the university exam as a private candidate, you’ll find these texts useful:


Carnatic music theory - Year 1
Edition 2.2 (Dec 2017)

Carnatic music theory - Year 2

Android apps

Here are the android apps specifically made for Carnatic music. If you are a carnatic music student, teacher or professional, you’ll find them very useful.


Shruti Carnatic Tuner
Tune any instrument quickly. Sing to see which swaram you are singing.

Sādhakam Carnatic Ear Trainer
Easiest way to improve your Swara gyānam! Learn to identify swarasthanas by ear.

Detailed Syllabus in Telugu, for all years of Certificate and Diploma courses can be found here. It’s a scanned-and-reformatted copy of the official syllabus from some time ago. Do contact the university/college and ensure it is valid and current.