Course Code
Arts & Communication
Department/ Centre
Department of Music
Programme Type/ Requirements
Course Features/ Requirements
Full Time, Taught, Blended, Core Course, Four Credits, Continuous Evaluation

Learning Outcomes
  • Learn about technical terms and tala systems in classical and folk music
  • Gain knowledge about lakshya and lakshana aspects of music, musical forms and various composers
  • Understand about social contexts, performances and patronage for classical/folk music
  • Learn about instrumental performances – solo and ensembles in classical/folk music
Course Outline
  1. Classical Music
  • Overview of musical treatises (shastra granthas), compositional genres (Kriti, Padam, Keerthana, Ashtapadi, Devaranama, Varnam, Thillana etc.) Composers of the various time periods and regions/languages.
  • Technical concepts and terminology such as Svara, Raga, Tala, Mela, Thaat.
  • Technical concepts and terms in the realm of Tala through the study of Tala dasa praanas
  • Musical instruments in classical and folk music
  • Philosophical/Aesthetic frameworks and Sahitya appreciation of compositions in Classical Music
  • Bhakti / Rasa theory
  • Social contexts and Patronage
  1. Folk Forms
  • An appreciation of the folk songs from various regions of India.
  • Contexts and linkage to Dance, Drama, Festivals.
  • A brief study of the lyric sources, poetic/folk literature background
  • A brief study of the instruments and instrumental ensembles in these folk forms.
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Assessment Criteria

Attendance, Tests, Quizzes, Exams

Additional Info

This course provides a general understanding and study of the classical traditions of Indian Music (both Carnatic and Hindustani systems) – origins, historical, evolution through the ages, theoretical and performance frameworks, compositional genres and musical instruments. The course will also provide an overview of various folk music forms, their geographical contexts, ethnography, sources, features, communities, cultural linkage, age and gender details pertaining to the same.

Course Instructor/s
Dr. Pavani D, Dr. Pragya Pyasi, Dr. Aranyakumar M.

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