Sunday, January 26, 2014

Website for Carnatic Music Learners

I dont remember clearly, how I stumbled onto Shivakumars website for learning Carnatic Music. It was a sheer coincidence, but this is probably the single best learning site ever. And it is completely free.

The site has lessons from basic to very advanced, songs sung at different pitches, the 'swarams' and the 'sahityams', downloadable mp3, explanations - I could go on and on. It is a treasure trove for anyone who wants to learn music or is learning music. And with this wealth of information, it could very easily have been a 'paid' site. But keeping in tune with how music has spread over the years - the site is just that - free.

From a learners perspective, it has everything one needs to know. Especially if you are learning Carnatic music and want a little bit of guidance or want to know more at any level or to revise your knowledge or have fun listening or practicing, it is a great site. Comprehensive is the one word for it.

And perhaps one of the great examples of harnessing the web for putting up something so comprehensive - that would be impossible in any other mode.

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