Om Sri Gurubhyo Namaha
This booklet is aimed at music lovers everywhere who wish to learn a little bit about
the basic theory of Carnatic music. There are a large number of books on many aspects of
Carnatic music but I have found most of them to be of an advanced nature - they have
lots of good information but it is extremely difficult for a novice to start learning
about music using them. Once the basics are mastered, these books provide enormous
scope for intellectual enrichment. This opinion is shared by many of my music loving
friends as evidenced by their expressing a need for a simple booklet such as this one.
The primary motivation in producing this booklet was to put together the basics in one
place so that a beginner can get started off easily. Except for the section on Grahabedam
and Symmetries, there is very little new material contained herein. The following books
have been consulted to obtain much of the material and interested readers are encouraged
to further their knowledge by reading them.