What you will learn with Carnatic Vocal Music Classes:

SaPa Vocal Level 1

  • Read Carnatic notation
  • Vocal warm-up exercises
  • Sarali Varisais
  • Janti Varisais
  • Nottuswarams
  • Carnatic Music Terms

SaPa Vocal Level 2

  • Technical Exercises
  • Aakaarams
  • Gitams

SaPa Vocal Level 3

  • Sthayi Varisais
  • Swarajatis
  • Alankarams
  • Jatiswarams
  • Konnakol Basics *

Online textbooks available for purchase with the swara and sahitya and ‘Listen & Repeat’ and ‘Singalong’ recordings in all three levels.

* More advanced classes for Carnatic vocal music are available for advanced learners.

How does it work?

  1. Click on Book now.
  2. You will be directed to fill a form with your details. Please fill this and click on Submit. A SaPa educator will get in touch with you to schedule your first class.
  3. After understanding your requirements, our expert will recommend a suitable learning level for you/your child.
  4. You will then fix class timings that are suitable for you and attend your first class.
  5. If you are satisfied, welcome to a rewarding journey towards becoming a Carnatic vocalist!

Who can learn?

Anyone with interest in Carnatic music.

Age no bar!

Prior knowledge of music not required!

Benefits of Carnatic vocal music

Improves focus

Instills discipline

Improves quality of speech and enunciation

Encourages social skills

Boosts respiratory system

What our students are saying

I really like to learn songs quickly. I like that my teacher knows me really well and always makes sure I'm learning at a pace that keeps me excited. She makes sure to send me recordings and karaoke tracks so I can practise well during the week before my next class

- Aatmika, age 11, student

It's nice to see my daughter enjoying herself while also practising consistently. She gets individual attention and feedback from her teacher, which helps her.

- Nisha, SaPa Parent

About Carnatic Music

Carnatic music is one of the two forms of classical music in India, along with Hindustani music. Till the 13th century, India had a common music system. While Hindustani classical music developed with Arab and Persian influences in the North of India, Carnatic classical music developed along the original lines of the old Indian classical system mainly in South India. The Chennai Music Season is a striking barometer of the immense pull of Carnatic music in India. However, its popularity has ensured that it has travelled well beyond its roots as Carnatic singers and musicians perform in different parts of the world today.

With its rich history, technical base, and unique elements (such as gamakas), Carnatic music is more than just a style of music, it is a means to understand the evolving face of India.

SaPa Online Classes
SaPa Online Classes
SaPa Online Classes

Why SaPa Music Classes?

  1. One-on-one & group classes - Enjoy personalised one-on-one classes online or small group classes at our centres
  2. For ages 6 & above - Children above the age of 6 and adults are welcome to join Carnatic vocal classes
  3. Lessons by professional musicians- Benefit from practical experiences of SaPa’s educators who are also performers
  4. Structured & standardised syllabus - Build a solid foundation in Carnatic music with our in-house exercises and songs that ensures your progress to higher levels
  5. Flexible timings - Choose from an array of available time slots
  6. Student showcase - Selected performances are featured on our Social Media pages with a total of 3,00,000 followers
  7. Specialised Training - Prepare for Carnatic music certifications, performances, or come to JUST LEARN - We’re there for you!

What do you need?

Any device with audio and video facilities, a good internet connection, a metronome app or electronic tala meter, tambura or tambura app and - your voice

About SaPa

SaPa, the Subramaniam Academy of Performing Arts, started in 2007 is the home for great music and musicians. Guided by the vision of our founders, legendary musicians Dr. L. Subramaniam and Kavita Krishnamurti Subramaniam, and ably led by singer-songwriter Bindu Subramaniam and violinist Ambi Subramaniam, SaPa has a strong legacy of excellence in Carnatic and global music.

Here at SaPa, we believe in ‘learning through fun’. We have exciting, interactive elements in all our lessons, and ensure that students bring their musical vision to life while also having a great time.

More questions about Carnatic Vocal music classes?

The Carnatic vocal music classes curriculum includes both theoretical and practical elements of Indian classical music. At SaPa, we start with teaching you how to read notations and symbols of Carnatic music and the basic exercises - Sarali Varisai and Janti Varisai and you move ahead in a structured manner at a pace that suits you - towards varnams and keerthanams. We also have resources available in the form of textbooks with audio material so you can refer to the songs at a later time.

The registration is only for the classes; you are welcome to purchase the textbooks here.

We would recommend that your child be at least 6 years old before they join Carnatic vocal classes. This will enable them to understand and progress at a pace that they will find interesting and inspiring. But, we do acknowledge that children younger than six years have great capacity and inclination for music. For this, we have other programmes that will promote their understanding and learning of music till they are ready to learn this popular discipline. Do explore the Music & Movement class, which will be perfect for your child at this age.

We conduct our one-on-one classes online while our group classes (with small batch sizes of maximum five) are held at our centres at Sanjaynagar and Rajajinagar.

SaPa will connect you with the appropriate Carnatic vocal music educator based on your requirements. Don’t worry; all our teachers are qualified and friendly. You will have a great learning experience!

Once you have signed up for the course, a SaPa representative will reach out to you, after which the classes will be scheduled by SaPa on platforms like zoom or skype.

Given the situation, we have had to shift to teaching Carnatic music online along with other music courses like everyone else. However, our students enjoy their online music classes and look forward to them as it gives them a feeling of a second home. Our teachers ensure that students are ‘enjoying while learning’ which reflects SaPa’s vision of music.

We recognise that there may be emergencies that necessitate rescheduling of classes and we do accommodate such requests. If possible, we would like to request that you reschedule 24 hours in advance.

Don’t worry. There is no such thing as being too old to learn Carnatic vocal music! :) Or any music for that matter. We currently have learners from older age groups as well.

No, any device with audio and video features and good internet connection is sufficient for a class.

Absolutely, we offer tips and training to understand all about stage performance - from posture and holding a microphone to stage presence and stage fright.

Book your session now!

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