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Gaayaka Help File of Ver 1.5

Here is something for everyone involved with Carnatic Music - Rasika, Student or Musician.

Rasika software for Windows was first released in Dec 1998. It took many users by surprise as it produced synthetic carnatic music with all the required nuances (Gamakams). This first version was followed by 5 upgrades and the current version RasikaV2 is a major upgrade released two years ago, adding more tools for the Student and the Musician.

The present version (installable with a single setup program) has 6 programs in addition to a Sruthi box and Thamboora.

Rasika takes you on a tour of Carnatic Music System (or Carnatic Music Theory) with text, visuals and audio. It is like a text book on Carnatic Music with visuals and audio in tones of Veena or Flute. The raga explanations and the audio samples in the program put adequate stress on the Gamakam (nuances or smooth movements between and around notes). An ideal program for a Carnatic Music Rasika who would like to know more about the system.

Gaayaka enables you to enter 'sa ri ga ma' notation and play it in Flute or Veena - useful for experimenting or practicing carnatic music lessons in ones own sruthi - (lessons up to geethams and sample krithis, varnams etc. are supplied with the software). You can enter and play even lessons not supplied with the program. The notation system has been extended to enable introduction of smooth Gamakams. Gaayaka can be an aid for experimenting, understanding the nuances and setting songs to notation, making it easy to check the durations and the tune. For full details of Rasika and Gaayaka click on the links on the left or above.

Sishya gives you lessons in a user friendly format with pictures showing the thaalam gestures (thaalam kriya) synchronised with the music and as in Gaayaka there is facility to change sruthi, tempo, selectively playing a part, looping etc. Novice is for the very new comer and takes him step by step through the elementary concepts and using Sishya.

The 2 Student's music players give a high resolution 'time line' for choosing any part of the music, enable marking blocks for playing (if need be also looping), naming and saving the blocks etc.

The Sruthi Box and the Thamboora programs convert your PC into a Sruthi box or Thamboora with a wide range of Sruthis (try both simultaneously and see the effect!)

The software has been developed by a musician - programmer!

Carnatic Music can never be portrayed fully without the Gamakams . Here are some sample clips of music generated by the software. Listen to Pallavi of Mamavasadaa in Kaanada and pallavi of Enthanerchina in Suddha Dhanyasi . These have been put in mp3 format only for the web site. The music in the software is directly generated and does not require any other program.

To appreciate the importance of Gamakam, just listen to some notation played plain without gamakam - as it is written. This does not sound like Carnatic Music at all! Listen to the same notation with gamakam - how it should really sound. That is why this package puts lot of emphasis on Gamakam.

Other links on the left give you free downloads of some notation files (including those written by users) which can be played with Gaayaka, and a program for testing your tuning ability. There are 2 pages explaining the Carnatic music notation system and the Gaayaka file format. The Miscellanous group has a page on problems of creating midi files for Carnatic music (with some sample midi files with gamakam) a page of links to some Carnatic Music sites and of course a page about the author!.

You can contact the author M.Subramanian either by posting your queries in the contact page or sending email to  manianms@yahoo.com

Attention Users : If you are a user of Gaayaka and composed some new music or written notation for some song in Gaayaka format send them as attachment by email to the above email address. They will be published in the "Users' contributions" link with your name and email address.



How to get Rasika - Gaayaka

The licence fee for the RasikaV2 package containing ALL the programs is US$39/-. The Licence fee for supply within India is Rs. 1600/- I will be in the USA from the 12th July, 2009 and my contact number there is 9876925650. Plese watch this site as to how the licence fee is to be remitted after 12th July.

The software is normally supplied 'on line' by sending a single installation file as email attachment (about 4.5 mb) Complete instructions for installation will be sent along with the email.

Full instructions for using the software are available as Help with each program. (A 'Overview' help file which will be put on your Desktop explains briefly what each program does and how to acces it). The software has to be installed in your hard disk and will occupy about 12 to 14 mb. All the programs mentioned above are in a single package and the licence fee covers all of them.

System requirements - IBM PC Pentium III or higher or Celeron with a Windows compatible sound card and Windows 98/2000/Me/XP/Vista. The software does not work properly with Windows NT. There is no Linux or Mac version

If you are a licenced user of ver 1.5 with serial number starting with R62: or R63: (purchased after March, 2006) you get Version 2 free. If you are interested please send me a message with the serial no. of your copy by posting in the contact page or sendig an email to manianms@yahoo.com. You can find the serial number in the 'Help->About' Menu of Rasika or Gaayaka. For others who have purchased licence for any older version the licence fee for Version 2 will be US$ 32/- (LESS $5/- if remittance is sent through Western Union) or Rs. 1150/- in India.

You can send your queries by posting in the contact page or you can email manianms@yahoo.com or call India (044)24420412 till 11th July,2009 and US 9786925650 from the 14th July, 2009

(Trade Marks acknowledged)

(Updated 21st April, 2009 - Gaayaka files page giving more songs in Gaayaka format.
4th June, 2009 - Users' comments on latest version added in the comments page
14th July, 2009 - New Phone numbers from 14th July, 2009 )

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