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The roots of Indian classical music are found in the ancient Vedic literature in Sanskrit language (Samaveda-C1000BCE). 

The 7 notes (Saptaswaras) Sa,Ri,Ga,Ma,Pa,Da,Ni of the octave is the ancient Indian concept about the complete dimension of musical pitch. These are also equivalent of Do,Re,Mi,Fa,So,La,Ti. 

Indian classical music has 2 fundamental elements,  raga & tala. Raga (mode) is the melodic structure of the notes/swaras. Tala (Rhythm) is the time cycle measure.

Out of 2 major traditions of Indian classical music, the South Indian expression is called Carnatic, the performances of which are tend to be short composition based.

One variety of these short compositions are Nottuswarams, composed with Sanskrit lyrics by Muthuswami Dikshitar (18th century), who is celebrated as one among the Trinity of carnatic music. Nottuswarams are notable as an interaction between the East & the West, being based on western sources, mostly simple melodies, like Rhymes.

Our Indian classical music seminar will be hosted by Srivalli  GarimellaSrivalli  Garimella completed her undergrad in Indian classical music-carnatic music vocal, and is currently perusing her Master degree. She also teaches music online. Indian classical music seminar will be scheduled on Tuesday, 3/9 at 5:30 pm. 

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