A course in Carnatic music theory covers a wide range of fundamental elements that are essential for achieving an understanding of this music. These include the development of notions of scale, pitch, interval, notation and the identification of ragas. The course progresses to cover the work of specific composers as well as seminal theoretical works such as the “Natya Shastra” (an ancient treatise on the performing arts by the Indian sage Bharata Muni), as well as the uniquely South Indian classification system of musical scales known as the “Melakarta”.

Levels Taught: Diploma, Post-Diploma

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Dr. John Marr

A leading British Indologist, writer and a former member of Faculty at The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, Dr. Marr is also The Bhavan’s Vice Chairman. He is one of very few non-Indians to be awarded the Padma Shri (the fourth highest civilian award in India), by the Government of India. He teaches The Bhavan’s Karnatik Music Theory course as well as a separate course in Art History of Indian sub-continent. Dr. Marr says that it was his love for Indian music that initially took him to India in 1946 and his love for Indian music and culture remains intact to this day.

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