Veena Saraswathi
Music School of Veena - A South Indian Musical Instrument
Music For Spiritual Well Being Through The Art Of Playing Veena

     

 

 

 

 

 


  

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome to Lalitha Mahadevan's Carnatic web page!


 

 

Lalitha Mahadevan has been teaching veena for more than a decade in Mississauga, Canada and believes in imparting veena lessons in a systematic and structured way. Her method of teaching follows the tradition of playing veena in Thanjavur style, which represents Gaayaka(singing) style and therefore, encourages her students to sing while playing veena, right from the beginning when they start their lessons. She has extensive experience in teaching the nuances of playing veena with right gamaka techniques and tempo. Students, dedicated to this art, can start playing Varnams and Krithis proficiently within four to five years of training.

 

Lalitha Mahadevan began her initial training in veena at the age of 10. She started her initial veena lessons from Smt. Susheela and later continued her training under the guidance of renouned Vainika Smt. Kalpagam Swaminathan in Chennai.

 

Children as young as 6-7 years old can begin their training to play veeena. Adults interested to learn to play veena are welcomed to join the class. 


Contact number: 416 560 1899      E-mail:  lalimaha@veenasaraswathi.com 

LIVE ONLINE VEENA  LESSONS (Skype Carnatic classes from basic to advanced level)!  

Start learning a new instrument or refresh your veena lessons this Year! 

Classes are conducted all Weekdays and Saturdays. 

Fee structure: $100 per month for 4 classes (one hour each) or
$25 per class.

Lessons are customized to suit the student’s age, level, interest and culture and also prepare students for grade exams.                                                                           

 

Veena Lesson Curriculum followed by the Teacher

BASICS

  1. KNOW YOUR VEENA
    Veena & Its Parts
  2. HOW TO TUNE THE VEENA
    What is Tuning; How to String The Veena; Care Of The Veena; The Maintenance Of The Veena; Role Of The Hands; Types Of Right Hand Plucking; Technique For Plucking The Meettu; Technique For Playing - Right Hand and Left Hand
  3. THE BIRTH OF THE NOTES 'SRGM'
    The Ragam Mayamalavagoula; Terms For Practice;

LESSON ONE:

Sarali Varisai

LESSON TWO:

Jantai Varisai

LESSON THREE:

Malesthai Varisai (High pitch swarams on Higher Octave)

LESSON FOUR:

Kizsthai Varisai (Low pitch swarams on Lower Octave)

LESSON FIVE:

Thattu Varisai in Mayamalavagowla and Sankarabharanam ragams

Some basic gamaka excercises of Saralivarisai in Mayamalawa- Gowla ragam

 

LESSON SIX:

                                    INTERMEDIATE

Alangkarams : Each Alangkaram in different Ragam and Thalam. Understanding Thalam Rhythm and Thalam Chart. 

LESSON SEVEN:

Geetams with short Raga Sancharas in different Ragams with Gamakams starting from Malahari - Sri Gana Natha; Kunda Goura and many others.
Special Gamakam excercises.

LESSON EIGHT:

Swarajathis and Nottu Swarams

 

LESSON NINE:

                                     ADVANCED

Minimum 10 Adi thala Varnams in  speed one and two

LESSON TEN:

Minimum 40 to 50 Krithis before going to Masters level.
Pancharatna and Nava Varna Krithis

 

LESSON ELEVEN:

                                      MASTERS

Ragam, Alapana with Krithis - Study of Ragam - The Melody
A Pattern To Follow For Tanam.
Ata thala and Pada varnams.

LESSON TWELVE

Kalpana Swarams and N eraval  
Ragam Tanam and Pallavi (RTP)


Purpose Of Playing Veena

“VEENA VAADANA TATVAGNAHSRUTI JAATI VISHAARADAHTAALAGNASCHAA PRAYAASENAMOKSHA MAARGAM SA GACHHATI”