f Carnatic Music Software - RasikaV2 (Rasika, Gaayaka, Sishya and more) This page deals with Windows based Rasika-Gaayaka. Now the software is available as web pages also accessible through browsers in any OS. If you have reacched this page direct by search click here to go to the new Home page from where you can access the HTML5 based Rasika-Gaayaka as well as Windows version and many more

Software for Carnatic Music (Classical Music of South India) - Rasika - Gaayaka - Sishya

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About Rasika About Gaayaka About Sishya About Novice Student's Music Players Sruthi Box and Thamboora
What is New Get
Tuning Test Program Cyclic Cents Program More Notation Files Users' Contributions


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Carnatic Music Notation
Gaayaka File Structure

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Gaayaka Help File of Ver 1.5

Windows Vista and Windows 7 Users.  Read this
Minor bug in Sruthi Box and resolution

Bug in Gaayaka
To download revised file

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 the tones of Veena or Flute) 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 (streamed) or Pallavi of Mamavasadaa in Kaanada(.mp3) and pallavi of Enthanerchina in Suddha Dhanyasi(streamed) or pallavi of Enthanerchina in Suddha Dhanyasi(.mp3) . 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 (streamed) or plain without gamakam (.mp3) - as it is written. This does not sound like Carnatic Music at all! Listen to the same notation with gamakam (streamed) or with gamakam (.mp3) - 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!.

The Articles link takes you to the page where you can go to some articles including a few by myself. The new link Automatic Gamakam talks of my attempts to generate gamakam automatically from bare notation and gives a further link to the web site where audio and notation examples of this effort are available

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

Click Here for instructions as to how to get the software

System requirements

IBM PC Pentium III or higher or Celeron with a Windows compatible sound card (most motherboards now come with Windows compatible sound cards built in) and Windows 98/2000/Me/XP/Vista/Windows7. (For Windows Vista and Windows 7, administrator rights are required for installing and first time running of the programs). The software does not work properly with Windows NT. There is no Linux or Mac version

You can send your queries by posting in the contact page or you can email manianms@yahoo.com and msmanian@hotmail.com.

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Recent updates of this site

19th Apr, 2014 - To download the software - Click here

24th Aug, 2011 - Links to You Tube videos showing demos of Raagam Module

14th Aug, 2011 - Minor Bug in Sruthi Box and how to resolve it. Click here for instructions - not applicable to copies sent during 2012 or later.

24th Fegruary, 2011 - Link to Automatic Gamakam Generation site - now free download of the program is available on that page.

23rd January, 2010 - Windows 7 added in the operating system requirements.

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About Rasika
About Gaayaka
About Sishya
About Student's Music Players
About Novice
How to Order
What is new
Some Gaayaka files
Users' Contributions
What Users Say
About the author
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