Saturday, February 7, 2009

Carnatic Music

Carnatic music is also known as the south Indian classical music. Carnatic sangeet or carnatic music developed in the southern states of India. Carnatic music along with Hindustani classical music make up for the two basic forms of classical music in India. Indian states like Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala are known as the originators of this form of music. Carnatic music boasts of rich culture and glorious history. It has not only managed to survive the onslaught of time but also flourished with the passage of time. It is renowned all over the world and several carnatic music concerts have taken place in major cities of India. The origin of carnatic music is credited to Purandardas who is also known as father of carnatic music. During his life time (1480-1564), he completely changed the way this form of music will ever be played by the future generations. He created thousand of music gems. He solved the method of playing carnatic music.

Another famous name associated with carnatic music is Venkat Mukhil Swami. He was a great exponent of carnatic music. If south Indian ragas are found to be classified in different categories and names then the credit goes to Venkat. He gave it a new form and made it much easier. The present form of carnatic music can be ascribed to developments in 18th century. The holy trinity of carnatic music Thyagaraja, Muthuswami Dikshitar and Shamashastri came up with their invaluable compositions. Since then, the form of carnatic music took a drastic turn and it became even more popular.

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