Jyothsna Sainath, a Bharatanatya dancer and teacher, is the artistic director of the Nitya Nritya Dance Company, a dance performing and training company based in Salt Lake City, USA.

Thanks for Patantara. It’s a wonderful medium to learn. I’m enjoying the process forgetting that I work with a technical platform. I find my own means of teaching myself with it, the more I sit with it.

COMET student Lakshmi Viswanathan, Washington DC

An attempt at learning vocal was abandoned after 2-3 years of training at an young age assuming my voice was not too suited for singing. Then I dabbled with playing Veena for 3 years. Focus on higher studies from a place far off from home led to discontinuation of this too. Over the years, I developed an inhibition towards picking up veena playing, specially being in the midst of those who were naturally musically gifted (…) What specifically caught my attention  [when reading about Brhaddhvani for the first time] is the following text: "If you think ‘I want to learn music, but I don’t think I have that gift’, you are mistaken." I immediately felt I was at the right place.

I got an introduction to Patantara tool as part of understanding the teaching methodology COMET. It resonated immediately with me. I was told and also believed music has a highly scientific approach. With good focus and practice it can be learnt by anyone that feels is not naturally gifted for any reason. This tool is helping me take that scientific approach.

COMET student Jyothsna Sreevalli, Bangalore

When I was introduced to Patantara, I was quite reluctant to use the platform – mainly because I did not know how to apply technology practically, but also because I was resistant to get out of my comfort zone. I felt content with my mode of learning. Once I started to explore the facilities on Patantara, I realised the advantages of incorporating this in my training. Now, technology has become an essential asset for me, assisting and facilitating my practice to an extent which I had not imagined. Personally, I feel that Patantara is the most convenient medium to face the present-day challenges in learning as well as teaching Carnatic music. With the aid of Patantara, I am experiencing how it is easier to communicate and bridge the gaps between the teacher and the student.

COMET student Thenuga Thevapalan, Denmark

Carnatic music has a long and rich heritage with direct guru-to-shishya transmission as the dominant means of perpetuating the musical traditions. It is also a musical culture that encourages diversity and innovation. In today’s connected world, it is not possible to continue to use one-to-one transmission as the authoritative way to propagate the musical traditions. We need rich music communication tools to bridge the time and space gaps prevalent in our society today. We need efficient tools for good teachers to widen their reach to a growing studentship across the globe. Patantara is a collection of online services and tools conceived to address these concerns using technology and design aligned with modern models of cognition.

Dr. Srikumar K. Subramanian