Gurukula offers step-by step lessons in Classical Carnatic Music. Presented by Prof. Mysore Nagamani Srinath, an acclaimed concert musician of international repute and a disciple of the maestro, Ramnad Krishnan, these DVDs and Audio CDs lead the user in a systematic manner through the fundamentas of classical carnatic music.
Following the traditional system of Gurukula teaching where the students listen, learn and repeat what the the teacher teaches, these DVDs and audio CDs caters to the needs of not only beginners in music but also serves as a valuable resource for senior students of music, teachers of music and music lovers as well.
The elementary lessons (sarali varisai, dhatu varisai, jantai varisai, alankaras) have been presented in full, as also certain select geethams, shlokas, jatiswarams, varnams, keertanam, thillanas and padams. Prof. Nagamani Srinath also guides the user through the nuances of manodharma sangeetham (raga alapana, kalpana swara, neraval, tanam and pallavi). Further, this series also takes the user through an audio-visual explanation of certain key theoretical concepts such as nada, sthayi, sapta tala, raga, geetham, janaka raga and janya raga, jatiswara and tana varnam.
Accompanying each of the DVDs is a booklet in English with the complete text and notations of songs taught.