In India, there is a vast profusion of folk music which varies according to locality. Though folk songs also follow the same base, classical music requires immense training & practice. In Indian music, musical sound is called nada & nada is considered as Brahman or Divine Reality itself.

Classical Indian music can be classified into two distinct categories, the North Indian or Hindustani & the South Indian or Carnatic music. The essential features & basis of both the styles are the same, in the sense that both are spiritualistic in nature. Foreign influences due to invasions by Persians, Arabs,.. are more evident in the Hindustani form. There has been a constant intermingling & the styles that have evolved are the products of these various currents.

Carnatic Music
Articles on Music
Dec 2006
Compositions of K.N.Dandayudapani Pillai

Jan 2007
Compositions of Ghanam Krishna Iyer

May 2011
Compositions of Harikesanallur Muthiah Bhagavathar
Compositions of Muthiah Bhagavathar also available at

Apr 2016
The Doctrine of Shruti in Indian Music by Dr. Vinod Vidwans

Mar 2010
A confluence of art and music on 72 Melakarta Ragas
12 chakras of music, the mind, body and soul (A booklet in pdf format)

Chart of the 72 Melakarta Ragas (pdf)
Concept, painting and melakarta details by: Sangita Kala Acarya S. Rajam & Kallidaikurici Veenai S. Venkatesan
Designed and Published by: Corporate Communications Department, L&T, ECC Division, Chennai

Information from Musings on Music, a publication by Shri S.Rajam
Origin & Classification, Saptha Swaras, Composers, Terms in musical parlance ; Melakarta chart

Shri S Rajam - vocalist, musicologist & painter

Dictionary of Musical Terms
Some Prominent Terms in Musical Parlance

A listing of literature on music and dance

Profiles of Artistes, Composers, Musicologists

Profiles of practising artistes

Thyagaraja Aradhana
Saint Tyagaraja; 'Fragrant Gold of Carnatic Music' from A Garland by Shri.N. Rajagopalan
The Pancharatna Kritis

Guruguhanjali - Annual Series

Dikshitar the Genius
Article by by Smt.Sulochana Pattabhiraman

MUTHUSWAMI DIKSHITAR - Architect of Raga forms
by Shri S.Rajam

The post Thyagaraja period saw the blooming of many eminent composers who have enriched Carnatic music. Among them Harikesanallur Muthiah Bhagavathar is one of the most distinguished, his contribution being unique. To create an awareness, to perpetuate his memory and to propagate his music among music lovers, his descendants have created this trust.

Information from

Information from

Oct 2007
Taala Vendargal : Thiru Gnanasambandar and Sri Shyama Sastry by Dr.K.R.SeethaLakshmi

Music Instruments
Introduction, Classification
String Instruments
Percussion Instruments
Wind Instruments

Sep 2011
Drums of India by Chandiramani

Sep 2011
Saaz Raag aur taal Vol-I, Vol-II - Instrumental Music of India
Over 30 instruments plus six Major Drums of India recorded along with innumerable side rhythm instruments
Music by: Pt. Vinayaka Vohra, M. Kalyana Raman and Chandiramani

Information on Sitar, its origin, history and famous sitar players

Article from Shri Karaikudi Mani's Layamani Layam
"Maniyaana" Mridangam by Shri Karaikudi R.Mani

Learning Carnatic Music
Stages in Abhyasaganam - Swaravali, Jantai Varisai, Dhatu Varisai, Melsthayi Varisai
Stages in Abhyasaganam - Alankaram, Gitam & Swarajathis, Varnams
Tala - Structure
Tala - Angams & Jaathis
Tala - Maarga Thalams

South Indian (Carnatic) Music - Ludwig Pesch
Online course "The Music of South India"
e-learning website:

Sangeeta Sudha website, is a compilation of English translations of Carnatic lyrics by Damodara Rao Dasu who has taken up the task of translating popular krithis of Tyagaraja, Annamacharya, Ramadasu and few other composers into English. The website has over 200 keertanas with meanings side-by-side.

Links to Music related web sites and articles

Documentation of Nagaswara tradition in Vaishnavite Temples by Lalitharam

Sri Sai Musicals
Manufacturers of Indian & western musical instruments
Phone: 04362-223187
Mobile: +91 97880 58350
E mail: /
No. 26/14, Ananthan Nagar, 3rd Street, Rettipalayam Road, Thanjavur - 9, Tamil Nadu, India

Radel inventions for music - electronic musical instruments
Radel Electronics Pvt. Ltd. is the pioneer in the field of electronic musical instruments for Indian music. A wide range of Digital Indian musical instruments are invented, designed and manufactured.

The legendary genius S.Balachander by Dr.V.S.Gopalakrishnan Ph.D., IAS retd.

Sruti is a monthly magazine in English devoted to Indian Performing Arts
about South Indian classical music & dance
website on South Indian Classical Music & Dance

A new website has just been launched for the benefit of music lovers, students, musicians and teachers of South Indian classical music. Its foremost objective is to contribute to a meaningful exchange of ideas, expertise and resources in the field of South Indian classical music through e-learning. The course author and tutor, Ludwig Pesch, is a practicing musician and educationist.

Sampoorna Geetagovinda - the Music CDs
Sampoorna Geetagovinda presents the complete and unabridged version of Jayadeva's immortal creation. This is a major musical composition presenting the entire Geetagovinda - all the stanzas of each of its twenty-four songs, typically consisting of eight padas and hence called Ashtapadis, and all the seventy-two slokas-a unique and first ever offering. A group of scholars led by Dr Subas Pani, well-known scholar of Jayadeva and Geetagovinda, has finalised the authentic text of this musical epic after extensive research referring to several original tika or commentaries.

Listen to songs (Carnatic music) by VK Raman

OCEAN "an excellence group of art" - an organisation involved in promoting Indian culture and arts

Yazh Sudhakar's blog archive
Visit this site to listen to "Ninaithaale inikkum" programmes presented by Yazh Sudhakar in Suryan FM radio.
Also available in the site - his Tamil kavidhais, rare photographs of music geniuses in the Tamil film world.

He mostly relays old songs, raga based songs of Bhagavathar, Ghantasala, TM Sounderrajan, P.Suseela, Yesudas, SPB, Janaki and selected MGR, Sivaji film songs.

An informative page on sitar maestro Biswabrata Chakrabarti, who is also a master composer. The website is also an initiative to create an awareness & interest on Indian Heritage & Indian classical music (Hindustani).