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Proudly Presented

An Interactive Workshop on

Appreciation of Carnatic Music


Chitravina Ravi Kiran


Dates: 13 March 1999, Saturday, 9 AM - 5 PM (Beginners/ Intermediate)

14 March 1999, Sunday, 9 AM - 5 PM (Intermediate/Advanced)

Venue: Palace of Asia (Yasmin Darbar), 285 Commerce Drive, Ft. Washington, PA19034.

Tel: 215-646-2133

Registration fees*: Adults Juniors (under 16 years)

One Day: $35 $20

Both Days: $60 $35

*includes lunch, snacks and writing materials. Copies of the textbook "Appreciating Carnatic Music" by Ravi Kiran will be available for purchase during the workshop.


The Workshop: Here’s a unique opportunity to enhance your appreciation of Carnatic music from Ravi Kiran, the Chitravina maestro himself. The purpose of this interactive workshop is to provide a deep appreciation of the system of Carnatic music. Ravi Kiran will lead the discussions for each of the sessions with demonstrations (vocal or on chitravina as appropriate). Mridangam support will be provided by C.G. Balachandran and N.Chidambaram.

The first day of the workshop will provide an introduction to the basic concepts of Carnatic music, whereas the second day discussions will go deeper into these concepts and also treat some advanced topics. Furthermore, the second day includes a panel discussion on comparison of Carnatic & Hindustani Systems of music. The panel consists of Ravi Kiran and Dr. Allyn Miner (Sitar), Univ. of Pennsylvania.

The presentations will be based on the textbook "Appreciating Carnatic Music" by Chitravina Ravi Kiran. The book will be available for purchase during the workshop.

Ravi Kiran: Ravi Kiran is a child prodigy of Carnatic music, who was able to identify over 325 ragas and 175 talas by the age of 3 ! He gave his first full fledged vocal concert at the age of 5 and subsequently switched to instrumental music on Chitravina. Ravi Kiran has performed all over the world at major international music festivals in France, Germany, Switzerland, UK, USA and Canada. He has received numerous awards, including Best Junior Musician from Music Academy, Madras, Kalaimamani from Tamil Nadu Government, Sangeeth Samraat from Wisdom International. He is also an accomplished composer and teacher. He has composed over 200 pieces for the dance ballet Lakshmi Prabhavam. His innovations and creations in crossover or fusion music works have won him high acclaim.

List of Topics:

History of Carnatic Music

Learning Carnatic Music (Day 1 only)

Kritis & other types of compositions

Raga and Tala Concepts

Concert format

Dance music (Day 1 only)

Musical Instruments (Day 1 only)

Panel Discussion (Day 2 only)

Day 2 will cover the above topics in greater depth, with emphasis on RTP, Thani Avarthanam, Manodharma Sangeetham etc.

This performance is made possible by a grant from

the Philadelphia Music Project, administered by Settlement School, funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts. In addition, it is also supported by a grant from the Stockton-Bartol Foundation and friends of Sruti.


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