Keyboard

GACC offers a keyboard for beginners and intermediate. Primarily, we teach notes, fingerstyle, scale, intonation, rhythm, and perform a whole song according to music theory.

Carnatic Veena

The Veena is a multi-string chordophone of the Indian subcontinent. Veena is an ancient musical instrument that evolved into many variations, such as lutes, zithers, and arched harps. There are many regional designs and have different names such as the Rudra, Saraswati, and Mohan Veena.

Hindustani Violin

The Hindustani violin is from Maihar Gharana, which basically gives emphasis on the Drupad style of Hindustani instrumental music. This Gharana was founded by legendary Ustad Allauddin Khan. This is one of the major Gharana of Hindustani instrumental music. This Gharana is popularized by maestros like Pt. Ravi Shankar, Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, and Pt. V. G. Jog.

Carnatic Violin

Violin has become an important musical instrument in Indian Music and Western music. Violin has been imbibed into Carnatic music nearly 200 years ago. Initially, it was used as an accompanying instrument, and later it was extended to solo performance as well.

Carnatic music is primarily vocal-oriented music. It is adorned when vocals are accompanied by an instrument. It has been postulated that violin suites more than any other instrument for an accompaniment.

Hence, the violin plays a prominent role in Carnatic music. There has been a lot of progress made by many great artists in terms of style and methodology in which Carnatic music is played on Violin. Since then, the artistry of playing Carnatic music on violin has been blossoming. This page is a humble attempt to prepare a vade mecum that introduces you to the history of the violin, the prodigious musicians/composers of Carnatic music, and the great violin artisans of the yesteryears. This page also comprises a methodology in holding and playing, which is prepared from the opinions and suggestions of great vidwans and from an eclectic collection from various compendiums on violin.

Kuchipudi Dance

Siddhendra Yogi founded and systematized the modern version of Kuchipudi in the 17th century.

Kuchipudi largely developed as a Hindu god Krishna-oriented Vaishnavism tradition, and it is most closely related to Bhagavata Mela performance art found in Tamil Nadu.

The Kuchipudi performance usually begins with an invocation. Then, each costumed actor is introduced, their role stated, and who then performs a short dance prelim to music (Dharavi). Next, the performance presents pure dance (nritta). This is followed by the expressive part of the performance (nritya), where rhythmic gestures as a sign language mime the play. Vocalists and musicians accompany the artist, with the song recited in Telugu language and the tala and raga set to (Carnatic music). The typical musical instruments in Kuchipudi are mridangam, cymbals, veena, flute, and the tambura.

Carnatic Vocal

The main emphasis in Carnatic music is on vocal music; most compositions are written to be sung, and even when played on instruments, they are meant to be performed in gayaki (singing) style.

Although there are stylistic differences, the basic elements of sruti (the relative musical pitch), Swara (the musical sound of a single note), raga (the mode or melodic formula), and tala (the rhythmic cycles) form the foundation of improvisation and composition in both Carnatic and Hindustani music. Although improvisation plays an important role, Carnatic music is mainly sung through compositions, especially the Kriti or kirtan.

A form developed between the 14th and 20th centuries by the Trinity of Carnatic musician refers to the outstanding trio of composer musicians of Carnatic music being Tyagaraja, Muthuswami Dikshitar, and Syama Sastri.