Origins, sources and history Saraswati , the Hindu goddess of all knowledge, music, arts and science, with her instrument, the veena. The Sama Veda , which is believed to have laid the foundation for Indian classical music, consists of hymns from the Rigveda , set to musical tunes which would be sung using three to seven musical notes during Vedic yajnas. It was at this time that Carnatic music flourished in Vijayanagara , while the Vijayanagar Empire reached its greatest extent. In the 18th and 19th centuries, Carnatic music was mainly patronised by the local kings of the Kingdom of Mysore , Kingdom of Travancore , and the Maratha rulers of Tanjore. During the late 19th century, the city of Chennai then known as Madras emerged as the locus for Carnatic music.

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Start your review of Karnataka Sangeetham Write a review Shelves: books-to-read-in I got it in my mind to buy a surbahar. Not having nearly enough money for a surbahar I bought this book instead - you have to start somewhere. Before reading this book I knew nothing about Carnatic music. After reading it I realize that everything I thought I knew about music was wrong. A great introduction that really expanded my horizons.

I am sure there are better books on the subject out there but this one answered my initial questions. Aug 31, Ashok Krishna rated it it was ok When I first saw this book in Amazon recommendations, I grabbed the offer with both hands, thinking that it would be an ideal introduction into the Carnatic part of the Indian Classical Music. But the book turned out to be a big disappointment in two aspects though.

While it is nothing wrong by itself, the translation of Maths and Science jargon into Tamizh makes for difficult reading. Though the book claims to be an introduction to Carnatic music, aimed at informing the laymen on the basics of this classical form of music, the book fails to live up to that promise. Within the first couple of pages, the author shifts gear and gets into technicalities and nuances that will be discernible only to the amateurs and those who already have a basic understanding of Carnatic music.

Author has tried to give reality and structure of karnatic music as simple as possible.


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