MUSIC FOR EVERYONE –UNIQUE AND INNOVATIVE MUSIC CHAKRAMr.L.S.Ramesh, a Post Graduate from the reputed Indian Institute of Technology-I.I.T.Madras has designed an Innovative Carnatic Music chakra (SriSaraswathi 72 Melakarta chakra) after more than six years of effort ,to help anyone,children to elderly ,without any Music knowledge to very easily SEE,LEARN and PLAY Carnatic music , Western as well as Hindustani by using this Unique Chakra.
This chakra has been appreciated by Music legends Dr.MangalampalliBalamuralikrishna,Prince RamaVarma,Shri.Garimella Balakrishna Prasad(Annamacharya project Director-Tirumala Tirupathi) and others.
ABOUT SRISARASWATHI MUSIC CHAKRA LAYOUTThe 72 Melakarta (Main Ragas) have been neatly depicted in the form of a chakra(Wheel) wherein the ragas are clearly shown as 'dots on the keyboard'.Playing the dots on your keyboard will bring out the melody of the raga.
Carnatic Music (South Indian classical ) is a veritable ocean by itself and Shri.Venkatamakhi (Indian Musicologist) is credited with classifying the various scales (Ragas) into 72 categories which are again classified as belonging to various Chakras (Wheels) named as Indu chakra (Indu:-Moon),Netra Chakra (Netra:-Eyes) etc. totaling 12 chakras.
Each chakra represents 6 major ragas.
WESTERN MUSIC SCALES ON SRISARASWATHI MUSIC CHAKRAMany carnatic ragas have their counterparts in western Music.For example 'Keeravani raga ' which is numbered 21 and falls under the Veda Chakra has its equivalent as Harmonic Minor.Carnatic music with its 72 Melakarta scheme has been the foundation for learning and practicing classical music. It is no easy task to memorize the chakras and associated ragas for a beginner. SriSaraswathi 72 Melakarta chakra has simplified this to a great extent .
HINDUSTANI MUSIC RAGAS ON SRISARASWATHI MUSIC CHAKRAKalyani raga in Hindustani is called Mecha Kalyani -Melakarta 65 in Carnatic.
Bilaval raga in Hindustani is called Dheerashankarabharanam –Melakarta 29 in Carnatic .
Similarly other ragas in Hindustani have their equivalents in Carnatic.
This SriSaraswathi Music chakra has in it not only Carnatic but also Western and Hindustani.
While there is no doubt that a Guru (Master ) is very much needed in any sphere of art, it is also important for a beginner to try to grasp the basics of music with imaginative visual aids .
SOCIAL CAUSE –FACES (FOOD, AID, CLOTHING, EDUCATION, SHELTER)Mr.Ramesh and his wife Mrs.Sridevi use the money generated from sale of this SriSaraswathi 72 Melakarta chart to help underprivileged children through FACES (Food,Aid,Clothing,Education ,Shelter) a Service started by this couple.
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