Taara Sthayee Varase Lyrics

Taara Sthayee Varase ( = Higher Pitch Verses ), also known as Hecchu Sthaayee Varasai. To learn using audio, click here. Raaga: MayamalavaGoula Raaga Info: 15th Melakarta Raaga. Scale: Sa – Ri1 – Ga3 – Ma1 – Pa – Da1 – Ni3 – Sa. Sa. – Ni3 – Da1 – Pa – Ma1 – Ga3 – Ri1- Sa…

Janti Varase Notes

Janti Varase (=twin verses), also known as Janta 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 Taala: Adi Taala…

Swaravali

Swaravalis are the first of the Abhyasa Gaana or the exercises designed by Purandara Daasa for students. Swaravalis are- Sarale(learn here), Taara Sthayee(learn here), Mandra Sthayee(learn here), Janti Varase(learn here), Daatu Varase(learn here) and Alankaras(learn here). Each of the above verses introduce the various basics of Carnatic music to student. Each of them are individually…

Udupi the temple town

Udupi is a small temple town, in Karnataka near the coast of Arabian Sea. Primarily Udupi is famous for its 8 mutts and Krishna Temple. Shri Madhvacharya founded the Krishna temple. His 8 disciples were handed over the maintenance of the temple. Each one of them started a “mutt” or a religious institution. Today each…

Bhagyada Balegara – Lyrics and Meaning

Background: Indian folk songs are brimming with emotions. When a daughter gets married, she leaves the loving home she grew up in and moves in with her husband and his family. But her attachment towards her parents place lovingly referred to as “Tavarooru” is everlasting. Not a day goes by where she does not wish…

Picture of Harmonium

Concept of Shruti – a blurb

Shruti is the pitch of the music. The artist must perform in sync with shruti. The knowledge of Shruti or Shruti Jnana is utmost important. Different artists have different comfortable Shruti. Shruti is played traditionally using Tanpura, or Harmonium. But modern day gadgets have made it possible to have an electronic Shruti box, which mimics…

Madhwa Sarovar in Udupi

Samudrava Naa Kandu

Background: Purandara Daasa captures the essence of Udupi, the little temple town of Lord Krishna in this beautiful composition. Note: This is a contextual and not a literal translation. Samudrava Na Kandu Snanava Maadi Chandramoulishavarana Charanakkeragi Amele Na Bandu Ananeshwarana Kandu Hanumantana Paadi Manadi Nillisi // I saw the sea and took bath. Then I…

Ashada Maasa – Kannada Folk Song

Background: Indian folk songs are brimming with emotions. There are various types of relationships that are emotional – Mother – daughter, brother – sister, father daughter, husband – wife..and so on. In this particular song, a daughter’s longing to visit her parent’s home is visible. When a daughter gets married, she leaves the loving home…

Cheluvi Cheluvi – Kannada Folk Song

Background: In India, concept of arranged marriage is an age old tradition. For an arranged marriage, the potential groom sees a lot of potential brides and decides to marry one. In this song, it seems like the eligible bachelor has been searching for a perfect cheluvi (beauty ) for some time. Looking at his ambitions,…