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Carnatic
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Preface

Introduction

Swaras and Swarasthanas

Ragas

The Melakarta Scheme

Janya Ragas

Taalam

Grahabedam and Symmetries

Culture
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INTRODUCTION

It is important to note that the basic principles are natural and thus the theory of music is only an attempt by man to rationally explain what is already beautiful. As a fringe benefit, this rationalization helps in understanding the inherent beauty of music and creates increasingly higher levels of appreciation in the listener. 

The most basic unit of music is the swara (or note) which simply indicates the position in the audible spectrum occupied by a particular sound or the pitch of the sound. Actually, the spectral position is better described as swarasthana. Inherently, certain sounds 'go together' and certain others do not. This property was realized by man thousands of years ago and is indicated by the term harmony; lack of harmony is called disharmony. Before going any further, let me introduce, as a practical tool, a keyboard, that will help us immensely as we go along deeper into the fundamentals of Carnatic music. Purists may frown at this, but as long as we realize the limitations of the keyboard and why the purists frown, we are committing no sin.  

 

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