Originally a western classical string instrument, played with a bow lined with horse hair, this high pitched instrument permeated Indian music smoothly and famously.
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What is Carnatic Violin?
Baluswami Dikshitar is the first known violinist to infuse violin into traditional Carnatic music. While the Indian violin is identical to its foreign counterparts, it is normally tuned differently and played in a different position. In the Indian style, the violinist is seated and the violin leans vertically onto the neck, with the scroll resting on the right foot.
Learning Carnatic Violin At Sriguruji
The Learning Journey
Beginners are trained to internalise the foundation of Carnatic music which is then played on the violin. Fingering and bowing techniques are taught and are to be diligently practiced as this sets the base of further learning. Next comes playing the sapta swaras in interesting combinations, geetams and swarajati both in low and high pitches.
Intermediate students explore varnams in various speeds. It is imperative that one sticks to the taala and the laya along with being in shruti, at this stage. Practicing with the shruti and taala box at home is highly encouraged. Ornamentation techniques like kampita or shake, nokku or descending pull among others, are learnt in order to showcase the emotive quality of Carnatic singing called gamakas.
Advanced students learn keertanams in an assortment of raagas. Finally comes the kalpana swara, creative rhythmic improvisation. This is the most exciting and challenging part of learning. The violist is taught to work within a complex framework of scale and rhythm and is trained with the ability to be inventive within these restrictions. Here’s when the quality of an artist shines.
Our Carnatic Violin Gurus
S V Ramachandran
S V Ramachandran is a well known violinist as well as a viola player. He is an 'A' grade artist with All India Radio and Doordarshan. He has accompanied several eminent vocalist at concerts across India and is teaching at Sriguruji Art Academy from the very inception in 2003.