Memorize the 72 melakarta ragas: free Anki flashcards

Download a set of 72 anki flashcards “Mela-Memorization-CarnaticStudent.apkg” here >> Learn more about the 72 melakarta ragas >> Anki flash cardsPowerful, intelligent flash cards.Remembering things just became much easier. Anki is a program which makes remembering things easy. Because it’s a lot more efficient than traditional study methods, you can either greatly decrease your time […]

Melakarta raga application

12 positions are available in the South Indian 72 mela systemto learn more, read the following explanations Source © Ludwig Pesch under theCreative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License A scale – mēla in Carnatic or thāt in Hindustani music – isn’t a raga yet: it is no more than an imaginary arrangement of notes for the […]

Free melakarta course

Tips for using the slideshow To follow this free course (slideshow), click on the image or here: Bookmark the present URL: Depending on your browser or device – using a mouse or touch screen – navigation requires different ways to navigate and listen: Wherever you see a piano keyboard, first read and sing the […]

“Sri Saraswathi Chakra”: Understanding the melodic concepts of Carnatic, Hindustani and Western with the help of an innovative 72 Melakarta wheel

Many Carnatic ragas have their counterparts in western Music […] L.S.Ramesh, a Post Graduate from the reputed Indian Institute of Technology-I.I.T.Madras, has designed an Innovative Carnatic Music chakra (Sri Saraswathi 72 Melakarta chakra). […] This chakra requires no prior knowledge and has been appreciated by Music legends Dr. Mangalampalli Balamuralikrishna,Prince Rama Varma, Shri. Garimella Balakrishna Prasad […]

A brief introduction to Carnatic music

Whatever one’s personal background and aspirations may be, Carnatic music remains a quest for undiluted aesthetic experience (rasa). Three basic concepts are essential for daily practice as well as proper appreciation: rāga (tuneful rendition with minute intervals and rich in embellishments), tāla (rhythmic order marked by mathematical precision), and bhāva (expression of thoughts and emotions). To […]

Video | The idea of classifying ragas – Akshara & Kiranavali Vidyasankar

Akshara Samskriti is the daughter of Carnatic musician Kiranavali and scientist-philosopher, Vidyasankar Sundaresan. This video was recorded on Nov 1, 2013, when Akshara was 4 years old. It was originally in multiple parts for educational video compilation, and has been put together as a single video here. The 72 Melakartas are regarded as the parent […]

Research (maintained by musicologists Arati Rao, Vidya Jayaraman and N. Ramanathan) Shodhganga (a platform for research students to deposit their Ph.D. theses) Find results on these and other platforms Tips  To obtain specific results, include the names of one or several platforms from the list seen below together with your search words:e.g. “S. Rajam melakarta”, “Karaikudi bani”, Vidya Shankar […]

There really is no such thing as a ‘learner’ raga

Gouri Dange, The Hindu, 11 May 2019 | Read the full article here >> Every kind of music has a protocol for ‘beginners’ or ‘learners’. Students must practise paltay, alankaras, scales, études, tonalisation exercises, depending on the kind of music they pursue.  […] However, here’s the rub: for many learners, these ‘early’ ragas get translated […]


Modules 1 – 12 Gain a panoramic view of the course subject, “The Music of South India”, its origins, scope and context Become familiar with the educational system which has shaped Carnatic music for several centuries. Get an understanding of the different types and genres in Carnatic music. Become familiar with the context of “devotional” […]