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ECG Easy Classical Gamakas
Sun 3 July 2016, 11:00 – 15:00 BST
Work shop Description
Indian music is monophonic in nature and is all about ragas. Ragas are scales performed with gamakas (gliss notes). Gamakas are the indispensable decorations which transforms scales into ragas.
Traditional Indian system of notation is a skeletal one and is of only pitch degrees and not Gamakas. They have never been seriously notated and remained as a mystery. Thus this great music has remained beyond the reach of the rest of the world.
Now, Gamaka Box, the first ever comprehensive system of notation for raga music, invented by the presenter, has made it possible for non Indians to play Gamakas and as an ultimate testimony to efficacy, the congenitally deaf have produced authentic gamakas off the paper. Thus, it now opens the door for the whole world to play Indian music, for the first time.
The workshop - ECG- Easy Classical Gamakas of Indian music would not only introduce the concepts of Indian music but will practically make the participants to play gamakas andragas in a short time, an unique opportunity hitherto unavailable.
2. Carnatic music and Notation - A brief reference to the present system, its practice and origin
3. Scales Modes Gamakas and Ragas.
4. The GAMAKA BOX
5. Principles and salient features - approach to gamakas.
6. Signs, symbols and Gamaka Box.
7. Sight reading Gamakas Phrases in ragas.
8. Playing Short Pieces
Profile of Ramesh Vinayakam
Ramesh Vinayakam, the inventor of Gamaka Box Notation system, is a Music composer, singer, lyricist, teacher and researcher. He has scored music for Tamil and Telugu films and also for a Hollywood movie ‘A Common Man’ with sir Ben Kingley in the lead2q1. He has numerous Ads, jingles, albums, documentaries TV Serials, fusion music to his credit.
He has also deep rooted connection with Indian classical music, and has composed Kritis, Varnams etc. in Tamil and Sanskrit and has invented new ragas.
He has instituted the Music Temple Academy (www.musictempleacademy.com) in Chennai, India with the goal of Researching and disseminating Indian music through his system of Gamaka Box.
For more info on Ramesh visit www.rameshvinayakam.com