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Alapana 101: Improvisation in Carnatic Vocals

by Vidya Subramanian

Ever wondered about how Indian classical musicians improvise so effortlessly? Learn to sing Alapana (free flowing Carnatic style improvisation) on vocals! Each lesson has lucid English language explanations.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Alapana Lesson: Raga Mohanam
41:17 $4.99
2. Alapana Lesson: Raga Kalyani
41:21 $4.99
3. Alapana Lesson: Raga Sriranjini
47:09 $4.99
4. Alapana Lesson: Raga Kambhoji
46:25 $4.99
5. Alapana Lesson: Raga Madhyamavathi
43:26 $4.99
6. Alapana Lesson: Raga Saveri
37:11 $4.99
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Carnatic music is the name given to the classical music of South India. Concerts are usually performed by a small ensemble of musicians, consisting of a principal performer (usually a vocalist), a melodic accompanist (usually on violin), one or more rhythmic accompanists (usually on mridangam, often assisted by a secondary percussionist). The tambura is the drone instrument. This audio set contains six lessons, each covering alapana or free flowing improvisation in a well known Carnatic raga (melody). Each lesson is approximately 40 minutes in duration. Lessons are taught by acclaimed Carnatic vocalist and Guru, Vidya Subramanian. Explanations in English help draw listener attention to various highlights of the ragas (melodies). This product will be an interesting and truly enriching experience to new and experienced listeners alike. Write to Vidya (www.vidyasubramanian.com) with proof of purchase of this product to receive detailed accompanying notes at no additional cost!
Vidya Subramanian a highly sought after Guru for online learning of Carnatic music. A disciple of the legendary musician, Lalgudi Sri Jayaraman since 1993, Vidya has performed concerts and given lec-dems extensively in India and the USA. She now lives in Chennai, India with her husband, Dr. K. Subramanian, and their children, Skandan and Parvathi. Vidya is a Chartered Accountant and holds an MBA in Finance from Boston College, MA. Vidya has won numerous honors including the Thanjavur Kalyanaraman Endowment Award from Sri Krishna Gana Sabha Chennai (Aug 2011), Special Award from Sri Rama Seva Mandali Bangalore (May 2011), 2010 Artist grant award from Saratoga Arts and NY State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), 2009 Clifton Park Arts grant award and Strategic opportunity stipend awards from The Arts Center of the Capital Region and New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA). To learn more about Vidya, visit her at: www.vidyasubramanian.com. Her internationally acclaimed free Carnatic music podcasts (English language) can be accessed from www.raagarasika.net. Vidya’s exemplary work in the online teaching of Carnatic music has led to her being featured in a special documentary on BBC World News as well as in interviews by leading media houses such as India Today, CNN-IBN and Kalki Tamil weekly.



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