Varnam Tables

Year II of carnatic music courses in government music colleges in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana include eight adi thala varnams. Here are two tables presenting the list of varnams in musically meaningfulw ays–such as, based on melakartha ragas, listing the avartham count in each section (useful while performing the varnams in various speeds and gathis)

  • Table 1 - Varnams first words, correspond raga, the mela ragam it’s based on, and the name of its composer.
  • Table 2 - Number of avarthams in each section of the varnam (Anu Pallavi, Pallavi etc.) This is useful while playing second speed/Trisram etc.

Download: Varnam Tables (PDF, ~20 kb)

See Also: Carnatic Music theory notes


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