RASIKA Version 1.5

The Software for appreciating Carnatic Music

Rasika is like a book on Carnatic Music, which also sings to you. Enhance your appreciation of Carnatic Music with Rasika which runs under Windows 3.1/95/98/Me/2000/XP and produces synthetic music in Veena and Flute tones with all the nuances (gamakams) required for Carnatic Music. Here is a sample of music in Bilahari Raagam. Over 100 minutes of music yet runs from the hard disk (5 to 7 MB space).

  • Concepts clearly explained and grouped into 5 modules. Cogent narrative with suitable audio or audio-visuals where required.
  • Rich audio visuals to grasp the intricacies of the Carnatic Music System.
  • Highly interactive - 2 quizzes for testing note / melam recognition
  • Choice of Veena or Flute in 10 different Sruthis in the audio-visuals of Raagam Module (which explains 111 raagams in detail and 80 raagams in terms of Aarohanam and Avarohanam with audio-visuals)
  • Tips to distinguish allied raagams
  • Convert your PC into a Sruthi Box - Wide range of Sruthis (with fine adjustment) and easy to set up
  • Convert your PC into a Thaalam Generator - 35+2 Thaalams 1 or 2 kalai or thisram
  • Add echo with controllable parameters to enhance the tonal quality.
  • Authored by a musician cum programmer!  

Below is a sample of graphic from the Melam module explaining how Melams (scales) are formed and the math behind it.

Here is a sample screen from the Raagam Module

On the raagam page (sample below) by clicking on 'Play' button above the keyboard picture, the arohanam and avarohanam of the raagam are played with the notes appearing on the corresponding keys. (The animation is shown below without audio). By clicking ont he 'Play' button above the secnond window the typical phrases of the raagam listed in the window are played with the currently playing phrase shown in a different color (as shown in the animation below without audio).

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    RASIKA is organised in 5 modules

  • Introductory module - a general introduction covering the basic concepts of music and concepts like tonic (Aadhara Sruthi), Note names, Classification of raagams, Janaka and Janya relationship, gamakams etc. A quiz to test your grasp of swarams. Brief description of the Carnatic musical forms

  • Melam module - the 72 melakartha scheme of Venkatamakhi explained lucidly. Generate aarohanam and avarohanam of the 72 melams with or without gamakam. Sruthi Bhedham or modal shift of tonic - find out what melam/raagam will be produced by sruthi bhedham on different notes of the 72 melams and selected raagams. An audio quiz to test your knowledge of melams. An interactive keyboard transpose chart using which you can quickly find out keys to be played for different scales with different aadhara sruthis.

  • Raagam module - 111 raagams handled in detail - their lakshanams explained clearly with emphasis on correct use of gamakams - hints to distinguish from allied raagams -access gaayaka files directly, which explains with audio distinction between allied raagams - listen to aarohanam and avarohanam (picture above) and typical phrases of the raagam (picture above). In addition for 80 less common raagams, aarohanam and avarohanam (with audio on keyboard illustration) and names of krithis are available. Choose your own sruthi and instrument. An alphabetical index of over 700 krithis cited as examples in the module can be accessed from the Krithilist menu.

  • Thaalam module - the rhythm system of Carnatic Music - the parts of a thaalam like Laghu, Dhrutham etc.- terms like jaathi, gathi etc. explained with audio-visuals. Explanation of 'Eduppu' or different methods of fitting the start of a krithi in the thaalam, with audio-visuals. The notation system. Convert your PC into a thaalam generator for singing with and checking your rhythmic accuracy.

  • Physics and Music module - the physical basis of sound, music and musical notes. The physical counterparts of Pitch, Loudness and Tonal quality. Concepts like cycle of fifths and fourths - frequencies etc. with suitable audio and sketches.

  • You can also convert your PC into a sruthi box - simply click on the sruthi required (in kattai system) and click to start - adjust individual volumes of sa,pa and Sa or ma for madhyama sruthi - no need to adjust individual notes - a wide range of sruthis from lower octave of 6 kattai to 8.5 kattai. Fine adjustment of sruthi is also possible.

    A Glossary of over 130 technical terms can be accessed from any module.

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Tuning Test Program
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