Celebrate Indian Carnatic music this NZ Music Month

Samageetham by Revathi Performing Arts

Samageetham is a musical exchange program initiated by Revathi Performing Arts which was established in 2009 with a view to share basic concepts of South Indian Classical dance and music such as Bharathanatyam and Carnatic Music. In 2019 RPA celebrated its tenth year with around 50 students who learned both Baharathanatyam and Carnatic Music. 

Uma Varma, the Artistic Director of Revathi Performing Arts, is very passionate about learning and teaching these classical art forms. Uma believes music is an important part of every culture and sharing this classical art forms does help to bring harmony and peace among our community. Uma is very much excited about inspiring and passing her knowledge to the future generation and considers libraries as places to nurture these activities. Uma would like to express her sincere gratitude to Christchurch City Libraries efforts in promoting these ancient art forms of India.

Indian Classical Music

Music in India is one of the oldest music branches in the world. Indian music is easily recognised by the sound of its unique musical scales and instruments. Ancient Indian classical music originated with three musical notes (SWARAS), namely “Ni”, “Sa” and “Ri” and later two more notes “Ga” and “Dha” were added. Over the course of time, notes “Ma” and “Pa” were also added, and thus the current practice of SAPTHASWARA” (seven notes) was developed. It is different from the scales used in Western music. In Carnatic music scale, it is:  Sa, Re. Ga, Ma. Pa, Dha, Ni instead of western music scale: DO, RE, MI, FA, SOL, LA, and TI.  The patterns and notes used in Indian music and raga are associated with different times of day, seasons, moods and occasions.

Carnatic music or Karnāṭak music or Karnāṭaka Saṃgīta is a system of music commonly related with the southern part of the Indian subcontinent, with its area roughly confined to five states of India: Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Telangana and Tamil Nadu.

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A small tutorial explaining first lesson of Carnatic Music

Keerthanam in Hindola Raaga

Indian music on Access Video

Introducing the music of India

Rhythms to Nirvana

Matteo and the IndoAmerican Dance Company

Listen to Indian Music


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