A vocalist needs to have full command on Swaras before he sings any form of music. This course is designed to develop the ability to develop command over the notes. It also focuses on swarochchar and swar-lagao according to the raga. Training for voice development and usage of gamak, voice modulations, etc. are also part of this course.
Indian classical music is essentially called Raga Sangeet. This course is designed to develop a student as a performing artist in the Khayal genre. Various ragas will be taught as per the repertoire of gharanas, specialising in each aspect (anga) of its development, such as, aalap, bol-aalap, taan, bol-taan, laykari, bol-baant, sargam, etc. It also consists of training of song forms other than khayal, such as Thumri, Tappa, Tarana, Hori, Natyageet, etc.
Music theory will give an in-depth idea of concepts and terminologies in the classical music. It consists of courses such as Gandharva Veda, research methodology, interdisciplinary studies, music education, cultural musicology etc. It gives a firm foundation for competitive exams like NET. Applied Theory focuses on writing notations and laykaris to perfect the practical skills which are required in the field.
As human beings march in their journey towards progress, through newer developments, they need to be guided by a core set of ideals and principles of living. In today’s context, these paradigms of living stem from recent ideas originating from the western world. While we have been making progress, there is also a wide-spread understanding that for every new solution and idea that we discover, newer challenges and problems arise out of them. This potentially raises the need to look for alternative paradigms for the emerging world order.
Indic Knowledge Systems (IKS) can potentially offer ideas for developing these. Knowledge of IKS is the first step in this process. Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth addresses this requirement through a foundation course. IKS constitutes a vast majority of literature spanning across multiple perspectives. This includes ideas on fundamental premises related to one’s living as laid out in the Vedas, components of knowledge that help us develop a correct understanding of Vedic literature, Puraṇas, Darsaṇas, Smṛtis, Upa Vedas and many more. This is typically referred to as Caturdasa-vidyasthanam.
Aimed at diversifying the knowledge of students, electives such as Introduction to Carnatic Music, Music Production and Arrangement, Music Education etc. may be offered to empower students with a holistic approach to music.
A student should complete all the core and foundational courses, along with the chosen minor course(s). In the last semester, students will be required to give a public performance as part of the Mega Project.