Indian classical music is both elaborate and expressive. Its origins can be found in the Vedas. Classical music divides its octave into 12 semitones of which the 7 basic notes are in ascending tonal order, ‘ Sa Ri Ga Ma Pa Da Ni Sa’. Indian classical music is monophonic in nature and based around a single melody line, which is played over a fixed drone. The performance is based melodically on particular Ragas and rhythmically on Thalas. Kalabhavan offers quality training in Classical music under skilful teachers.
Light music is a generic term applied to a mainly British musical style of "light" orchestral music, which originated in the 19th century. The style is a less "serious" form of Western classical music, featuring through-composed, usually shorter orchestral pieces and suites designed to appeal to a wider audience than more serious compositions. Occasionally known as mood music or concert music, light music is often grouped with the easy listening genre. Many compositions in the genre are still familiar through their use as film, radio and television themes. Kalabhavan offers quality training in Light music under skilful teachers.
Bharata Natyam is an Indian classical dance form, which takes its origin at Tamilnadu. This dance form denotes various 19th and 20th century reconstructions of Sadir, the art of temple dancers called Devadasis. A possible origin of the name is from Bharatha Muni, who wrote the Natya Shastra to which Bharata Natyam owes many of its ideas. Today, it is one of the most popular and widely performed dance styles and is practiced by male and female dancers all over the world.
Mohiniyattam is our own classical dance form, which is believed to be originated in 16th century. It’s one of the 8 classical dance forms recognized by the Sangeeth Natak Academy. It is considered a very graceful form of dance meant to be performed as solo recitals by women. The term Mohiniyattam comes from the words "Mohini" meaning a woman who enchants onlookers and "aattam" meaning graceful and sensuous body movements. The word "Mohiniyattam" literally means "dance of the enchantress".
Folk Dance is extremely simple with minimum of steps or movement. The dances burst with verve and vitality. This can be performed as a solo one, group dance or as a mixed one of men and women. The costumes for folk dance are flamboyant with extensive jewels.
Kuchipudi is a Classical dance form from Andhra Pradesh. It is also popular all over South India. Bharata Muni who wrote the Natya Shastra about 3000 years ago had explained various aspects of this dance form. The dance is accompanied by song which is typically Carnatic music. The singer is accompanied by mridangam, violin, flute and the tambura.
Cinematic Dance is the dance form which is accompanied by film songs. It can be considered as a live performance of a film song. The costumes may or may not be alike the original costume in the film. But the one will be colorful. Cinematic dance is now common in stage programs, festivals etc.
Sketches and paintings have been produced since prehistoric times, as demonstrated by cave and rock paintings. Drawing is one of the major forms of expression within the visual arts, and is generally concerned with the marking of lines and areas of tone onto paper. Painting is a mode of creative expression, and the forms are numerous.
Oil paint was first used for the Buddhist Paintings by Indian and Chinese painters in western Afghanistan sometime between the fifth and tenth centuries. Oil Painting is the process of painting with pigments that are bound with a medium of drying oil. In recent years, water miscible oil paint has come to prominence, to some extent replacing the usage of traditional oils
In music, the organ is a keyboard instrument of one or more divisions, each played with its own keyboard, played either with the hands or with the feet. The organ is a relatively old musical instrument in the Western musical tradition. By around the 8th century, it had overcome early associations with gladiatorial combat and gradually assumed a prominent place in the liturgy of the Catholic Church. Subsequently it re-emerged as a secular and recital instrument.
The drum is a member of the percussion group of musical instruments. Drums are the world's oldest and most ubiquitous musical instruments, and the basic design has remained virtually unchanged for thousands of years. Drums may be played individually, with the player using a single drum, and some drums such as the ‘djembe’ are almost always played in this way. Others are normally played in a set of two or more, all played by the one player, such as ‘bongo drums’ and ‘timpani’.
The Veena is an Indian and Pakistani plucked stringed instrument used mainly in Indian classical music. The Sanskrit word ‘veenaa’ which is attested already in the Rigveda has designated in the course of Indian history a variety of instruments of various types, as it is a generic term for all kinds of string instruments. The more popular ‘Sitar’ is believed to have been derived from the veena.
A guitar is a popular musical instrument that makes sound by the playing of its (typically) six strings with the sound being projected either acoustically or through electrical amplification. Guitars are recognized as a primary instrument in genres such as blues, bluegrass, country, flamenco, folk, jazz, jota, mariachi, metal, punk, reggae, rock, soul, and many forms of pop.
The classical guitar is the member of the guitar family used in classical music. It is an acoustical wooden guitar with six classical guitar strings as opposed to the metal strings used in acoustic and electric guitars designed for popular music. Today's modern classical guitar was established by the 19th-century. The shape, construction, and material of classical guitars vary, but typically they have a modern classical guitar shape, or historic classical guitar shape resembling early romantic guitars from France and Italy.
Aside from the voice, flutes are the earliest known musical instruments. The flute is a musical instrument of the woodwind family. The bamboo flute is an important instrument in Indian classical music, and developed independently of the Western flute. The Hindu God Lord Krishna is traditionally considered a master of the bamboo flute. The Indian flutes are very simple compared to the Western counterparts; they are made of bamboo and are keyless.
The Mridangam is a percussion instrument from India of ancient origin. It is the primary rhythmic accompaniment in a Carnatic music and Newa music ensemble. The mridangam is also played in Carnatic concerts in countries outside of India, including Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States.
The tabla is a membranophone percussion instrument, which are often used in Hindustani classical music, invented by the Sufi Amir Khusro 13th century. It is still used in the music behind folk and sufi poetry. The tabla is used in some other Asian musical traditions outside of India, such as in the Indonesian ‘dangdut’ genre. The earliest known detail of the tabla dates back to 1799.
The violin, also known as a fiddle, is a string instrument, usually with four strings tuned in perfect fifths. The violin has come to be played in many non-Western music cultures all over the world. Since the Baroque era, the violin has been one of the most important of all instruments in classical music, for several reasons. The tone of the violin stands out above other instruments, making it appropriate for playing a melody line. In the hands of a good player, the violin is extremely agile, and can execute rapid and difficult sequences of notes.
The instrument has a stronger place in modern fusion bands, notably The Corrs. The popularity of crossover music beginning in the last years of the 20th century has brought the violin back into the popular music arena, with both electric and acoustic violins being used by popular bands.
Mimicry is the art of imitating something, may be an actor, a leader or a sound etc. Kalabhavan has a vital role in the Malayalam Mimicry World. A lot of former Kalabhavan students are experts in the mimicry field and most of them are famous through films, stage shows, TV programs etc.
This is any of a wide variety types of work, where useful and decorative objects are made completely by hand or by using only simple tools. Seen as developing the skills and creative interests of students, generally and sometimes towards a particular craft or trade, handicrafts are often integrated into educational systems, both informally and formally. Most crafts require the development of skill and the application of patience.
This is the study of making jewellery materials with a variety of materials, not just precious metals and gems. This will be assembled and formed by hand rather than through the use of machines. An example of a current trend in art jewelry is the use of modern synthetic materials such as polypropylene, nylon, and acrylic.
Naadanpaatu(Folk songs) are imbued with the inner glow of folk life and folk culture. They are inextricably blended with all the facts of life. They are generally handed down orally with no written form. Folk songs are the true mirror of social life. Any language will have folk songs that breathe the local characteristics. Malayalam is rich with folk songs.
The piano is a musical instrument played using a keyboard. Although the piano is not portable and often expensive, its versatility and ubiquity have made it one of the world's most familiar musical instruments. The piano is a crucial instrument in Western classical music, jazz, film, television, and most other complex western musical genres. A large number of composers are proficient pianists—and because the piano keyboard offers an easy means of complex melodic and harmonic interplay—the piano is often used as a tool for composition.
Western music originated as a form of American folk music. Contemporary music is based on originality. Then Contemporary artists use dissonances and tried to disobey "the laws" that music had followed for many years. Some general characteristics are: Fewer lyrical melodies than other periods, Dissonant Harmonies, Complex rhythms, Percussiveness, Greater use of percussion,brass,and woodwind, Uses synthetic and electronic sounds.
Karate is a martial art developed in the Ryukyu Islands which is now in Okinawa, Japan. Karate can be practiced as an art, as a sport, as a combat sport, or as self defense training. Traditional karate places emphasis on self-development. Modern Japanese style training emphasizes the psychological elements incorporated into a proper kokoro (attitude) such as perseverance, fearlessness, virtue, and leadership skills. Sport karate places emphasis on exercise and competition.
Yoga is the physical, mental, and spiritual practices or disciplines which originated in ancient India with a view to attain a state of permanent peace. Many studies have tried to determine the effectiveness of yoga as a complementary intervention for cancer, schizophrenia, asthma, and heart disease. In a national survey, long-term yoga practitioners in the United States reported muscular–skeletal and mental health improvements.