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Learning carnatic music online

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Now, a Chennai (Indian city)-based portal `' has launched the first-ever Carnatic Music learning, with Maestro Neyveli Santhanagopalan, thus taking music across every part of the world.

The curriculum will start from the basics of Carnatic learning to the most advanced and also assures of making the learner a performer of high standards, thus also offering a video feedback, in which the learner can audio-visually record his doubts and views, and send it back to the teacher. It plan to offer approximately 4-hours of lessons each month. The lessons will have in-depth information about the various aspects of the particular song like Ragam, and Swaram signing for that particular krithi/ raga. Currently there are 4 modules available, with lessons of approximately 4-hours. The lessons, in the modules, which are in the Windows Media Player (WMA) format, can be downloaded online from the portal and can also be purchased individually, at a cost of Rs 450 per lesson.

The portal would encourage and ensure a high-degree of interactivity and participation to simulate learner participation and interaction by using small group discussions, one-on-one exchanges, interaction among learners and subject-matter experts via the Internet using email, newsgroups, multi-user discussions, forums and conferencing. To facilitate a successful learning program, the portal has tied-up with a New Zealand-based company Springdoo, which has developed an entirely web-based audio and video feedback system that lets the learner record his/ her voice and video message in real time. The student can simply record their voice singing in real time, with their tone, inflection and meaning and send it to as feedback for the Guru(the teacher) to listen. The Guru would then provide informative feedback to learners about how they might prove their performance.

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