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Surabhi Post Appreciating Carnatic Music Concert

After having covered the various aspects of manodharma sangeetham, lets now try to familiarize ourselves with the items presented in a regular carnatic music concert.  The present day kutcheri structure, followed by most musicians, is a format given by the legendary carnatic music vocalist, Shri Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar.  

A carnatic music concert usually can last for a duration of anywhere between 1 to 4 hours.  However, a normal kutcheri usually lasts for a period of around 2 to 2.5 hours.  The choice of the kritis, the length and complexity of the manodharmam components presented, are all dependent on the duration of the concert.  The items presented in a typical carnatic concert can be listed as follows:
Hope the above discussion helps towards a better understanding and appreciation of a carnatic music concert.  Will move on to other interesting dimensions of carnatic music…

Till then, happy reading and listening!

Musically yours,




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