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Brhaddhvani's effective teaching methods in music are further enhanced by a state of the art online platform Patantara created by Dr. Srikumar K. Subramanian. For more information about Patantara and its tools, please visit the platform's help page.

Through the aid of Patantara, we are fostering a cohesive Karnatak music community, where individuals can understand, self-learn, write notations, and openly share their musical knowledge. Our ultimate goal is to create a platform that brings together musicians from diverse backgrounds, enabling them to collaborate and perform.

While visually comprehending the tonal positions on the vina is one step, effectively realizing them is the greatest challeng. Patantara offers valuable tools and resources to support self-learning of tuning, making this key aspect of vina playing more accessible to learners.

Patantara is a valuable resource for distant learners. Its facilities provide a significant advantage, allowing learners to recreate the context of learning at their own pace.

Sensitizing children to sound, rhythm, and synchronized performance can be challenging, particularly when teaching lacks consistency. Patantara effectively addresses this challenge, fostering a strong sense of connection among learners. 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, providing perfectly synchronized recordings with tala markings and visual hints to read notation. It proves to be a boon for children born outside their native land, helping them connect with their native languages without compromise. An example is a boy, with no prior language learning background, who learned Thirukkural within an hour, scattered over a week's time, thanks to the assistance of Patantara.

For learning music gurukula is the best way but Patantara platform compensates for the lack of gurukulam. 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

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