We have also been offering carnatic music lessons to hundreds of students in the USA, Canada, Singapore, Australia and other countries. Our students, ranging from 5 years of age to 75, learn and practice carnatic music in a methodical way and proudly participate and present carnatic songs in events, festivals and celebrations. Nivedita ShivRaj is a pioneer and professional musician in carnatic music. She has been in the panel of judges in Queens Council on the Arts and is the first and the only carnatic musician to have been awarded the coveted Con Edison Residency for original carnatic music compositions.
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We have also been offering carnatic music lessons to hundreds of students in the USA, Canada, Singapore, Australia and other countries. Our students, ranging from 5 years of age to 75, learn and practice carnatic music in a methodical way and proudly participate and present carnatic songs in events, festivals and celebrations.
Nivedita ShivRaj is a pioneer and professional musician in carnatic music. She has been in the panel of judges in Queens Council on the Arts and is the first and the only carnatic musician to have been awarded the coveted Con Edison Residency for original carnatic music compositions. See this page to learn more about Nivedita ShivRaj. RagaChitra Fine Arts is guided by renowned carnatic musicians and our music lessons reflect our experience in composing and presenting carnatic music and carnatic jazzand colloborating with other styles of music.
Our music classes impart methodical, intensive training to students to attain proficiency in carnatic music. Classes are structured to include carnatic music theory, voice exercise, and voice training.
RagaChitra Classes are not just for students aspiring to become singers and instrumentalists, but for everyone who has a passion for carnatic music and would like to just sing or play some of their favorite bhajans and kirthanas songs. At RagaChitra, we share our love and passion for carnatic music with like-minded music lovers.
What music lessons do we offer? Our music classes impart methodical, intensive training to attain proficiency in carnatic music. Classes have been designed to include carnatic music theory as well.
What are the levels of music classes? We offer basic, intermediate and advanced level music classes for all ages. Where are class locations in New York?
Flushing Queens , New York. For directions to our locations, please see Directions page. How do we offer online lessons? Online vocal and veena lessons are offered using Google Hangout, Skype and other state-of-the-art technologies. If you have an Internet connection, you may take our lessons on your laptop, ipad, tablet, cell phone or desktop PC from any part of the world. Our online lessons have been meticulously designed to be clear, effective and interesting — just like in-person lessons.
Who is the teacher for in-person and online lessons? Both in-person and online lessons are taught by Nivedita ShivRaj, an award winning carnatic music teacher, guru. What are the requirements to take online classes?
RagaChitra has been offering online music classes for over a decade now and have perfected the technology and methods to deliver clear and effective classes to all age groups. Some of our online students are as young as 6 and 7 year olds. For online lessons, students need to have a PC or laptop or tablet and a stable Internet connection. What are your class schedules? Our lessons have been professionally designed and are generally offered for a duration of about 45 minutes each.
Most students take lessons once a week. However, the lesson duration, schedules and frequency are structured based on specific needs of students. How long is a typical course? With hundreds of ragas and kirthanas songs , carnatic music is extensive and intricate. Though the fundamentals can be learnt in a few months, it takes several years to learn and master carnatic music. Many of our students have been passionately learning with us for over 5 to 10 years!
We teach carnatic music fundamentals, ragas, kirthanas and singing techniques. Each raga and every kirthana has a significance to Indian traditions and Indian life.
We explain all aspects of ragas and kirthanas, so the students understand and appreciate the importance. While our music classes help students aspiring to become singers and instrumentalists, the classes also benefit students who have passion for carnatic music and would like to just sing or play some of their favorite bhajans and kirthanais.
If you are not familiar with carnatic music, please see an overview of What is Carnatic Music and then call us. Do I need to know any Indian language to learn carnatic music? Well, carnatic kirthanas are composed in South Indian languages, such as Telugu and Tamil.
Knowledge of these languages will be a plus. However, our students who were born outside of India and students of non-Indian origin — who do not read, write or speak Indian languages — learn and perform carnatic music just as well as students of Indian origin. In order to overcome the language barrier, our notations and kirthana lyrics are in English which helps everyone. Do you offer course material?
We have specially-designed, extensive notation sheets for all lessons. In addition, students also have access to audio recordings of lessons to review and practice. Do students get performing opportunities?
During RagaChitra Annual Day — which usually happens in the Fall every year in New York — all students showcase their carnatic talents. Students who live in other location also participate in this unique event via Internet! Besides invited audience, the annual day is telecast LIVE and hundreds of people watch world over. Students also get performing opportunities at various levels in community events of Indian associations and festivals of Indian temples.
What are the fees for music lessons? Our fees for music lessons are very nominal and are based on levels and schedules. What modes of payment are accepted? How to enroll for RagaChitra music classes?
When in doubt — try entering less number of characters. Click Select — once you are satisfied about your shruthi. The Selected Shruthi will be chosen as the base for your Shadjam Sa. Click Stop and Close the window. And Reopen — if you want to try again. Guess the raaga or click the answer.
Carnatic Veena Music Lessons
Prince Rama Verma About Guruswara GuruSwara is a subscription-based offering directed towards the very large and constantly growing segment of students who can learn and practice classical music. These will provide students and teachers with a compelling experience to practice and monitor their singing proficiencies respectively. Video Intro Challenges Musically inclined students naturally desire to learn Classical music and most parents encourage the same. The primary obstacle for these students is lack of quality practice time, which is necessary if they are to develop musical skills and expertise. The challenge is to find ways to ensure practice time becomes more engaging and rewarding.
Origins, sources and history Saraswati , the Hindu goddess of all knowledge, music, arts and science, with her instrument, the veena. The Sama Veda , which is believed to have laid the foundation for Indian classical music, consists of hymns from the Rigveda , set to musical tunes which would be sung using three to seven musical notes during Vedic yajnas. It was at this time that Carnatic music flourished in Vijayanagara , while the Vijayanagar Empire reached its greatest extent. In the 18th and 19th centuries, Carnatic music was mainly patronised by the local kings of the Kingdom of Mysore , Kingdom of Travancore , and the Maratha rulers of Tanjore. During the late 19th century, the city of Chennai then known as Madras emerged as the locus for Carnatic music.