One of two sub-categories of Indian Classical Music, Carnatic (South Indian) music is the ancient music of India, undiluted by foreign influences, unlike Hindustani music. In the Carnatic tradition, vocal music is ranked highest. Although improvisation plays an important part, a substantial part of Carnatic vocal music consists of pre-composed songs which can have several verses. These set compositions are also used in the teaching of this style of music. Nearly every performance of a Carnatic music composition is unique in that it embodies elements of the original composer's vision, as well as an individual performing musician's interpretation of that vision. A concert of Carnatic vocal music can include many song forms within the same recital and is usually performed with a small ensemble.

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Sivasakti Sivanesan

"Performing and teaching for me represents meditation, prayer and love, all in one - it’s my life’s greatest joy."

A Fellow of Trinity College, London and an integral part of The Bhavan for more than 30 years, Sivasakti Sivanesan has taught over 500 students of whom many have reached an Arangetram (traditional performance graduation) standard. Her legacy is already being carried forward by high-profile students like Hari Sivanesan who has been awarded an Asian Music Circuit scholarship and has performed nationwide as well as at the Royal Albert Hall as part of the BBC Proms. 

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