Laya is a vast and interesting subject in Carnatic Music. Go through these lessons ranging from simple to advanced and get a taste of this beautiful aspect of music.
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Check out the useful links below.

1) Laya Terms in Carnatic Music
2) Lesson on 7&35 Tala System by Chitravina N Ravikiran
3)Pancha Nadai Korvais
4) Seamless Korvais – The Elegance of Numbers

Laya Exercises

Chapu Formula – Exercise to strengthen Tala

The Art of Playing Mridangam By Sangeeta Kalanidhi Shri Trichy Sankaran

1. Art of Playing Mridangam – Part 1 – FREE!
2. Art of Playing Mridangam – Part 2
3. Art of Playing Mridangam – Part 3
4. Art of Playing Mridangam – Part 4

Tala Dasha Pranas by Chitravina Narasimhan

1) Origins of Laya Patterns – Understanding Laya Part 1 – Shri Chitravina N Narasimhan

2) Importance of Laya in Music – Understanding Laya Part 2 – Shri Chitravina Narasimhan

3) Marga Talas – Understanding Laya Part 3 – Shri Chitravina Narasimhan

4) Tala Dasha Pranas- Kalam and Margam – Understanding Laya Part 4 – Shri Chitravina Narasimhan

5) Tala Dasha Pranas- Kriya and Angam – Understanding Laya Part 5 – Shri Chitravina Narasimha

6) Suladi Sapta Talas, Chapus and Nadais – Understanding Laya Part 6 – Shri Chitravina Narasimhan

7) Tala Dasha Pranas- Jati and Graham – Understanding Laya Part 7 – Shri Chitravina Narasimhan

8) Tala Dasha Pranas- Kala, Laya, Yati and Prastharam – Understanding Laya Part 8 – Shri Chitravina Narasimhan

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  • Pancha Nadai Korvais

    Learn the pancha nadai korvais composed by Acharya Ratnakara Shri Chitravina Narasimhan demonstrated by Sangeet Samrat Chitravina N Ravikiran and students.

  • How to compose pallavis by Chitravina N Ravikiran

    Sangeet Samraat Chitravina N Ravikiran explains about the art of composing pallavis with numerous examples.

  • Mridangam Lesson - Introduction by Sangita Kalanidhi Prof Trichy Sankaran

    Sangita Kalanidhi Prof Trichy Sankaran teaches the art of playing Mrudangam.


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  • Chapu Formula - Exercise to strengthen Tala

    Acharya Ratnakara Chitravina Narasimhan has devised many innovative techniques to help students master various techniques in Laya. The Chapu formulas demonstrated in these lessons are great exercises to develop a strong sense of rhythm in Chapus. These exercises will not only help students sing c...