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Learn to Listen to Self-Learn

Masterclasses for Advanced Learners of Karnatak Music

Karaikudi S. Subramanian

Call for advanced practitioners of Karnatak music who seek to strengthen their practice

The programme focuses on key elements of self-learning – a holistic and detailed listening, incorporating a meticulous and nuanced exploration of authentic Karnatak renditions.

Six sessions starting Sunday 7 April 2024

The call closes on 15 February 2024.

Traditional Indian fine arts, once an integrated whole, have, in the course of time, become segregated into various art forms, moving towards a global performance culture. Shifting away from a singular stylistic approach, interpretations began to amalgamate styles, resulting in a lack of unity. However, we need to understand styles in order to retain the richness of a particular tradition. 


The vast array of resources now allows proficient Karnatak practitioners to skilfully adapt the works of great masters, blending elements from different styles. However, any authentic Karnatak rendition requires a heightened sense of listening at both macro and micro levels.


Professor Karaikudi S. Subramanian introduces COMET methodology as an integrated approach towards accurate self-learning in Karnatak music. The masterclasses focus on how to accurately interpret complex melodic movements, emphasizing mindful practice over rote memorization. Any authentic Karnatak rendition is firmly rooted in an understanding of the composite nature of gamakas - time, tone and tune. You will be guided through the process of self-learning by opening yourselves to holistic listening at the macro level and detailed listening at the micro level. Holistic listening makes the students absorb the whole song over various stages of listening. This method not only helps a student within the culture but also goes beyond cultural boundaries to sensitize students to the nuances of any musical system. 

How will this be approached?

You will be engaged in a meticulous learning of a stylistically distinctive composition from the Karaikudi repertoire under the guidance of Professor Karaikudi S. Subramanian. This learning experience will serve as a model to learn any stylistically distinctive composition. 


The programme accepts up to 8 advanced learners across all styles of Karnatak music. Participation is open globally to both Karnatak vocalists and instrumentalists. 

Application process

Applicants are required to complete the application form provided below. If further assessment is necessary, our team will contact you accordingly. 

Closing date

The call closes on 15 February 2024. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by 1 March 2024.



The programme will consist of six online classes held on Sunday evenings (Indian Standard Time), commencing on 7 April 2024. Each session will last for 2 hours and 30 minutes. A detailed schedule will be provided on 1 March 2024. Adjustments to the timing may be considered based on participant availability.


Further communication

Shortlisted applicants will receive detailed information on schedule, fees, meeting details and other pertinent instructions directly via email.


  1. Authenticity in renditions.

  2. Heightened sense of listening at both macro and micro levels.

  3. Accurate understanding of gamakas.

    • Explore and understan d the composite nature of gamakas, visualizing their pathways.

    • Understand the impact of rhythm and speed variations on gamakas, contributing to emotive and distinctive qualities in music.

  4. Laya consciousness. 

    • Develop a conscious flow of time to create, control, stabilize and authenticate renditions.

  5. Transcending cultural and stylistic boundaries.

Self-learning across banis

Correlated Objective Music Education & Training, COMET, is an interdisciplinary approach in music education developed by Dr. Karaikudi S. Subramanian. It has imbibed the essence of the gurukula way of learning while giving room for creative and meaningful interactions and applications. A novice can start with it. A professional can gain from it. The influence and impact of COMET methodology extend beyond the confines of Brhaddhvani, as musicians and teachers from various backgrounds embrace and adapt its innovative approaches in their educational endeavors.

COMET Methodology

Application form


Please submit a recording of your rendition of choice. You may upload the file directly or share a link to online excerpts. *

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