PATANTARA ENHANCES COMET
Brhaddhvani's effective teaching methods in music are enhanced by a state of the art online platform Patantara created by Dr. Srikumar K. Subramanian. To know more about Patantara and its tools, please visit Patantara's help page.
With the help of Patantara, we are building an efficient Karnatak music community which can understand, self learn, write notation and share their musical knowledge with transparency and finally come together to perform irrespective of their backgrounds.
One can visually comprehend the tonal positions on the vina, but realising them is the greatest challenge. Patantara facilitates self learning tuning - a formidable task!
The Patantara platform is a boon to distant learners. The facilities help them re-create the context of learning in their own pace.
Sensitising children to sound, rhythm and synchronised performance is a daunting task especially when there is a lack of consistency in teaching. Patantara fills this lack. They feel connected. Once a lesson is recorded and transferred to Patantara, the teacher can creatively use the recorded material without deviation from the original version and without confusing the children. Here is an example of a lesson taught in a class is recapitulated with every detail intact, be it rhythm or a melody.
Patantara is child friendly. Perfectly synchronised recordings with tala markings and visual hint to read notation. A boon to kids born outside their native land to connect with their native languages without compromise. With no language learning background here is a boy learning Thirukkural with Patatantara in an hour scattered in a week´s time!
For learning music gurukula is the best way but Patantara platform compensates for the lack of gurukulam. Keshav (10 years) uses Patantara to his advantage. A lesson a week is equivalent to a lesson everyday as Patantara interactively engages the student to practice perfectly and get ready for the next lesson.
While teaching, a teacher can detach himself and become an objective observer of himself and the student. The advanced learner gets all she needs towards correct learning and practice leading to self learning.
Here is an example of how a student conducts a comparative analysis between two traditions Karaikudi Tradition and the Lalgudi Tradition. Patantara is a sophisticated platform for complex system of music as Karnatak music. Thenuga learns the exact versions of Sankari Nive in the two traditions to understand their foundations. Patantara helps research studies and understanding styles.
A perfect example of how a student uses the tools provided by Patantara to generate a complex cross rhythmic exercise in the COMET system to stabilise her laya by applying the principles she has learnt.
Patantara facilitates understanding improvisation (Manodharma) in different styles. It recreates the guru-sishya homely environment for a learner in the advanced stage, the experience of essays between the solo performer and the accompanist on the public stage. Due to unforeseen reasons, the learners may have gaps in their education. Patantara takes the student step by step to the advanced stage from the start eliminating the gaps in learning.
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
Experiences with Patantara