Modules 1 – 12

  1. Gain a panoramic view of the course subject, “The Music of South India”, its origins, scope and context
  2. Become familiar with the educational system which has shaped Carnatic music for several centuries.
  3. Get an understanding of the different types and genres in Carnatic music.
  4. Become familiar with the context of “devotional” music which eventually diversified into “art music ” and “dance music”.
  5. Grasp the concept of “raga” and the system of 72 “melakarta” or reference scales.
  6. Distinguish between the main items and genres of South Indian music and dance.
  7. Gain an insight into those facets that attract musicians and listeners to Carnatic music.
  8. Explore the temporal dimension of Carnatic and classical dance music (the “tala” system) in theory and practice.
  9. Get acquainted with the musical instruments used today.
  10. Appreciate the many facets of raga-based music.
  11. Learn more about the rhythmic dimensions underlying Carnatic music.
  12. Discuss Carnatic music from an international perspective.