south indian music

Tyagaraja (1767-1847) as visualised by S. Rajam

Carnatic music

South India is famous for melodious music and captivating rhythms. Both the theory and practice of art music of this region are traceable to ancient times. Musical instruments have always been a favorite subject for painters and sculptors just as the authors of classical Tamil and Sanskrit texts. Vocal and instrumental genres have since coalesced into a single body of compositions and themes. These form the basis for creative elaboration and self-expression.

Professionals, amateurs and discerning listeners have always played an equally important role in this lively process of give and take. This continues even in the “internet age” – perhaps more than ever before.

South Indian or Carnatic music possesses both theoretical underpinnings and a well-established didactic framework. Its continuing success story in the intercultural arena has made it an attractive choice for Western musicians, teachers and learners alike.

From: “Thinking and Learning in South Indian Music” by Ludwig Pesch”
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South Indian music and education  

 Photo © Ludwig Pesch – Temple in Somnathpur (Karnataka) | Deutsche Textversion