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Karaikudi S. Subramanian

Brhaddhvani is happy to announce COMET-workshop with Prof. Karaikudi S. Subramanian.

Here is an opportunity for a perspective-change by opening an effective toolbox to unravel the treasure, Karnatak music, in a methodical way, straight from the maestro who created the methodology known as COMET in the early 90s. You might have learned Karnatak music - be a performer or a beginner; maybe you have lost the boat in your early childhood; or you might feel you are not yet there although you know so much – you have learned from brilliant performers and teachers and attended many workshops by renowned maestros, but something is evading you. If you haven't mastered the three fundamental principles "shruti-sthana-laya", you will ever be on the middle ground. 

What is COMET?

While Karnatak music education is open to everyone, aspiring learners with no musically rich background seldom benefit from the available learning resources. Prof. KSS's educational approach demonstrates that the spirit and rigor of the gurukula system can be upheld and merged appropriately with the current learning facilities to benefit learners from any background. 

Prof. KSS’s pioneering methodology 'Correlated Objective Music Education & Training' offers a pedagogical framework for holistic learning which enables students to learn at their individual pace. COMET strives to capture the interactive gurukula mode which progresses by musical dialogue and interaction. The quintessence of COMET is its insistence on developing a strong practical foundation in the universal principles of music through which the students acquire the analytical tools to understand the intricacies and nuances of Karnatak music. The system takes nothing for granted.

COMET serves a spectrum of functions; it sensitizes learners to the nuances and complexities of music; it breaks cultural barriers by empowering any aspiring learner to learn methodically; it creates ways to transcend musical styles; it invites diverse music traditions to come together in meaningful interactions; it offers tools to sensitize children to music from a young age in a fun and playful manner; it fills the gaps which a performing musician had left in the course of learning in becoming a professional; and most importantly, it creates an urge and ways to excel at every stage of learning, making one more sensitive to the various ingredients in music-making. Each learner is bound to become a sensitive practitioner with clarity in details and delivery.

We offer three different slots running for 6 weeks each. 

Workshop 1
Wednesdays 2 Aug 2023 to 6 Sep 2023 (6 classes)
4.30 pm to 6.15 pm IST (15 min break included)

Workshop 2

Saturdays 5 Aug 2023 to 9 Sep 2023 (6 classes)
3.30 pm to 5.00 pm IST (no break included)

Workshop 3
Sundays 10 Sep 2023 to 15 Oct 2023 (6 classes)
8.00 pm to 9.30 pm IST (no break included)


The workshop addresses...

  1. Common misconceptions in learning Karnatak music (vocal and instrumental).

  2. The challenges in learning in the contemporary context through online platforms as opposed to the traditional gurukula.

  3. How to start, where to start and when to start: the demands on time for learning and practice.

  4. How to develop a robust foundation to start to learn.

  5. How to use the voice and the instrument as complementary elements in learning.

  6. The role of vina in learning.

  7. Approaches towards self-learning.

  8. The ultimate purpose in learning to learn.

What will be the take-aways?

  1. Methods to learn to perfect sruti and laya.

  2. COMET principles through both simple and more intricate exercises.

  3. Learning to adopt a creative teacher,, to help you practice.

  4. Learning a song with all its complementary principles in perfecting it.

  5. Vedic chant as meditation on the creative energies and mind discipline through breath, time, tone and rhythms.

Who can apply?

There are no specific entry requirement. Admission is subject to availability. 

Closing date

Applications should be submitted by Wednesday 26 July for Masterclass 1 and Masterclass 2, and Sunday 21 August for Masterclass 3.


All sessions are live online classes.

Next steps

The applications for Workshop 1 and 2 will be processed by Friday 28 July, and applications for Workshop 3 will be processed by Sunday 29 August. Upon successful application, you will be requested to pay the registration fees in order to reserve your spot. Detailed instructions will follow for those applicants.

Terms and conditions

Payments are non-refundable and there are no refunds or credits for partially used periods.

Participation is limited to one time slot. Cross-participation between two or more time slots will be considered in exceptional cases and is subject to availability. 

Registration fee: 8500 INR per student

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