Download: Carnatic Music Theory notes

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. This might also serve as an easy-to-follow introduction to Carnatic music for those who are generally interested in the system but not appearing for any particular examination.

These texts are updated and improved from time to time. You are encouraged to share the link to this page, or simply beautifulnote.com/theory. Never share or host or link to pdf files directly.


Carnatic music theory - Year 1
Edition 2.5 (Nov 2018)

Carnatic music theory - Year 2
Edition 2.0 (Nov 2018)

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.


Ananth Pattabiraman is a musician and co-founder of Kuyil Carnatic Apps, a startup dedicated to crafting apps for carnatic. You can checkout the apps below.