Swar Tutorial

Discover Indian classical music through a rich multimedia presentation. Swar Tutorial is a set of 2 multimedia animations with beautiful audio extracts that will help you grasp all the intricacies of the North Indian (Hindusthani) and South Indian (Carnatic) classical music. They are included in the SwarShala Learn pane, but can also be purchased separately. Check-out the short preview video here.

  • Origin of Indian music
  • Basic Building blocks
  • Ornamentation in Indian music
Raga (melody)
  • What is Raga
  • Classification of Ragas
  • 10 Common Ragas
Tala (rhythm)
  • What is Tala
  • Classification of Talas
  • 10 Common Talas
  • Origin of Carnatic music
  • Basic Building blocks
  • Ornamentation in Carnatic music
Ragam (melody)
  • What is Ragam
  • Classification of Ragams
  • 10 Common Ragams
Talam (rhythm)
  • What is a Talam
  • 7 / 35 / 175 Talams
  • Common Talams

Each section is accompanied by CD quality audio clips recorded from professional musicians and interactive tools like this Indian keyboard:

Note Swar Tutorial is already included in the SwarShala software, under the Learn pane.

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  • Windows XP or greater
  • MacOS X 10.6 or greater
  • 20 MB disk
  • 256 MB RAM (more preferred)
  • Sound card
  • Flash compatible HTML browser
  • Macromedia Flash Web Player version 5 or greater