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eAmbalam proudly presents the world’s first online College in Indian classical Music and Dance with Yoga.
eAmbalam progams are curriculum based and include:
- Basic and Advanced Diplomas in Karnātic Music Vocal and Bharathanātyam with Yoga;
- Short - term Certificate programs of varying durations in Karnātic vocal, Bharathanātyam and Yoga.
The college also offers one to one virtual class in Hindusthāni styles of music (Vocal & instrumental) and Karnātic (Instrumental).
The online Certificate/Diploma programs include:
- E-learning modules with in-depth video instructions.
- Well researched comprehensive theory - General and Applied.
- Audio downloads for self – practice.
- Regular ‘Meet your Teacher’ sessions.
- Periodical assessments - Objective and Practical.
The programs come with multiple options:
- Short - term courses of duration 21 days to 1 year.
- Long - term courses of duration 4 to 7 years.
- Programs with or without certification.
Uniqueness of eAmbalam programs is the special emphasis laid on student centric content development and multi – disciplinary approach to learning.
Under the guidance of expert tutors, www.eambalam.com embraces E-learning as an opportunity to jointly explore Indian classical music and dance with fellow students and art lovers anywhere in the world. One can cherish the flexibility of E-learning to make Indian performing arts a pursuit that is both enjoyable and rewarding. eAmbalam aims at enriching professional goals as students, performers and teachers as well as elevate one’s soul with the joy of learning and giving.
Around 14th century AD, the advent of Muslim invaders and their subsequent rise to power saw the intermingling of the Persian style of music with native Indian. This caused the bifurcation of hitherto once an Indian music into Hindhusthāni and Karnāṭaka Sangītham.
Hindhusthāni Music is based on the Rāg system. The rhythmic organization of the song is based on rhythmic patterns called Thāl while the melodic foundations are called Rāg.
A number of musical instruments are associated with Hindhusthāni classical music. Under the Melody section it is Sithār, Saroḍ, Surbahār, Rudhra Vīṇā, Violin, Sāraṅgi, Bānsuri, Śhehnāi, Santhūr, Hārmonium and Jaltharaṅg. The Thablā and Pakhāwaj come under the rhythm section. The Drone section contains Thānpurā, Śhruthi box and Swarmaṇḍal.
Titles of respect are awarded to distinguished performers in Hindhusthāni Music . Hindhus are usually referred to as Paṇḍith and Muslims as Usthādh. Muslim Usthādhs may sing compositions in praise of Hindhu deities and vice versa. This tradition of religious neutrality which is a main aspect of Hindhusthāni music goes back to the Sūfi times and tradition.
Karnātic music is a system of music commonly associated with the southern part of the Indian subcontinent. It is one of two main sub-genres of Indian classical music that evolved from ancient Hind h u traditions; the other sub-genre being Hindhusthāni music. It is a very ancient system of music untouched by the various influences India had due to the political invasions from time immemorial. The name itself is derived from the word "Karnāṭaka" which in Sanskrit means traditional or pure. Till the early 20th century the music was still known as Karnāṭaka Sangītham (Karnāṭaka Music).
The British during their rule called the entire Southern Peninsula of India as the Karnātic Region and hence now this system of music is also called Karnātic Music. The Karnātic system has an evolved and a much larger selection of Rāgas and Thāḷas ( musical scales and rhythmic cycles), the classification of which in Karnātic Music is the most advanced among the systems of music in the world.
Solo instruments in the Karnātic system are the Vīṇā , Violin, Mandolin, Guitar & Goṭṭuvādhyam (stringed instruments), Jalatharaṅgam (melodic percussion instrument), Flute, Nādhaswaram, Clarinet, Saxophone (wind instruments) etc. The Karnātic system uses Violin as the melodic accompaniment also and Mrudhaṅgam (double side drum made of jack wood), Ghaṭam(Pot), Thavil (barrel shaped drum), Morsing (Jew's harp) and Kanjīra (Tambourine) as rhythmic accompaniments.
In Karnātic Music there is a good balance between science and art; creativity and re-creativity. This quality makes it the most sought after music genre for creating global classical, neo-classical and other related and popular streams of fusion music.
BHARATHANĀTYAM – An Introduction
Bharathanātyam is one of the most popular and oldest classical dances of India. Bharathanātyam is poetry in motion. It is a classical dance form of South India which embodies music, dance, drama, poetry and mythology to create a complete and highly stylized form which ultimately creates Rasa, which is the aesthetic emotion that transforms the audience. Anything and everything can be conveyed through this dance form as long as it is within the aesthetic boundaries and codified structure.
The name Bharathanātyam is understood in two ways:
- It is the dance (nātyam) that beautifully blends the three elements - ‘Bha’ - Bhāva (expression), ‘Ra’ - Rāga (musical melody) and ‘Tha’ Thāla (rhythm).
- The name 'Bharatha’ might have been coined after Bharatha Muni, the author of the “Nātya Shāsthra”.
The legendary Bharathanātyam dancer late Bālasaraswathi said – “A dancer uses the body to dance to the music. The hands and legs create geometrical patterns while the fingers hold different gestures to convey different meanings. The feet make different rhythmical, complicated patterns. The ears respond to the melodious tunes. The face conveys varied emotions. The historical stories, the mythological stories, the poems, the contemporary thoughts just unfolds layer after layer in the creative ability of the dancer. This is when the dancer becomes the dance”.
The word Yoga comes from the Sanskrit word ‘Yuj’ meaning to join or unite. This implies joining or integrating all aspects of the individual - body with mind and mind with soul - to achieve a happy and balanced life. Yoga is the science of right living and uplifts the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of a person’s life.
Ancient Yogis had a belief that in order for man to be in harmony with himself and his environment, he had to integrate the body, mind, and soul. For these three to be integrated, emotion, action, and intelligence had to be in balance. The Yogis formulated a way to achieve and maintain this balance. Exercise, breathing and meditation, the three main poles of Yoga were combined to create this balance.
Yoga is for anyone who is willing to learn its ways and ideas. All it requires is the will to have a healthier, stress-free self and is approached by many as the way to a healthy and fit body. It encourages self-reflection as a way to inner peace and exercises both the body and mind.