Sarale Varase Notes

Sarale Varase ( = Simple verses ), also known as Saralai Varasai. To learn using audio, click here.lesson-1-sarale-varase-and-janti-varase Raaga: MayamalavaGoula Raaga Info: 15th Melakarta Raaga. Scale: Sa – Ri1 – Ga3 – Ma1 – Pa – Da1 – Ni3 – Sa+ Sa+ – Ni3 – Da1 – Pa – Ma1 – Ga3 – Ri1- Sa…

Short Biography of Kanaka Daasa

Kanaka Daasa was a great musician born in a small village of Baada in Dharwad, Karnataka. He was born in the community of sheperds. His father was Beere Gowda and mother Bachhamma. Kanaka Daasa was a great devotee of Lord Krishna. His songs mesmerized everyone. But Kanaka Daasa was from a lower caste. In the…

Short Biography of Sri Muthuswami Dikshitar

Muthuswani Dikshitar lived from 1775 to 1835. He was born in the town of Tiruvarur, just like Sri Tyagaraja and Shyama Shastri. He was one among the Classical Music Trinity. His parents were Ramaswami Dikshitar and Bhageeratamma. His father was a classical singer himself. Muthuswami learnt classical music from his father. He also became an…

Purandara Daasa – Short Biography

He lived from 1484 to 1564 AD. Purandara Daasa is called the father of Carnatic music. Purandara Daasa’s Compositions: Purandara Daasa created several “Devara Naama” and “Ugabhogas”. He is said to have created more than 5 lakh compositions.  His Guru Vyasaraya called his compositions by “Purandaropanishat”. He helped the society with music, teaching basic concepts…

Sri Tyagaraja – A short biography

Tyagaraja was a genius and he lived from 1767 AD to 1847 AD Tyagaraja was one among the top composers of carnatic music.His music is divine and purely devotional. The listener is transported to another world, where nothing but devotion exists. Tyagaraja is one among the Trinity of carnatic classical music, the other two being…

Shyama Shastry – Short biography

Syama Sastri was one of carnatic the musical trinity. He was born in the year 1762 into a Tamil Brahmin family of Vishwanath Iyer. He was born in the town of Tiruvarur like his contemporaries. His family was not very much into music. His father was a priest in the temple of Bangaaru Kamakshi. Syama…

Trinity of Carnatic Music – a blurb

The trinty of carnatic classical music are the three great musicians and composers –  Sri Tyagaraja, Shyama Shastry and Muthuswami Dikshitar. Interestingly all of them were born in the town of Tiruvarur. They were contemporaries. All of the were well versed in astrology, vedas, music , languages like Telugu and Sanskrit. Together they contributed immensely to…

Lesson 1 – Sarale Varase and Janti Varase

Learn Sarale Varase through these sing along lessons. This album contains 8 popular Sarale Varase (Saralai Varasai) and 7 popular Janti Varase (Janta Varasai) in three different speeds. The lessons are in teacher student format. Hence the student can listen and then sing along. After a few repetitions of learning, the student can easily sing…

History of Carnatic Music

Thankfully there are many treatises available from history, which shows the evolution of Carnatic music in India. Indian music was referenced in the Vedas, which date back to > 1000 BC. Sama Veda is dedicated to music. It consists of Rig Vedic hymns, set to music.  Vedic sacrifices also featured musical hymns using 3 –…