LEARNING CARNATIC MUSIC
Information provided by T.N.Chitra
A systematic learning of Carnatic
music under a competent teacher enables one to sing in a disciplined manner
with adherence to the laid down rules with an understanding of the concept
of Carnatic music Even a prodigious talent needs the guidance of a guru
(teacher) to shape and polish his genius. There are various stages of learning
Carnatic music, starting from the Swaravali (Sarali Varisai) which train
and tune the voice and the mind. Purandaradasa developed a system of teaching
Carnatic music, starting with Sarali Varisai in Mayamalavagowlai ragam
and gradually built up till Gitam. This pattern is being followed even
today. Purandaradasa was the trendsetter in developing a teaching methodology
for Carnatic music and is hailed as the "Father of Carnatic music".
Depending on the range and quality
of the voice, the pitch is selected. The pitch is called "sruti" in Carnatic
music. Clean adherence to sruti is the mark of a good singer.