VARNAMS (Basic) – C2

Mohanam & Abhogi


In this course, the student gets to learn one of the most prominent and dynamic form of Compostions – Varnams. We are getting introduced to two very important components of Carnatic Music in this course. One is the sound and another is a form. Gamaka is an intrinsic sound and character of Carnatic Music. We are going to extensively look in to how to play the gamaka & explore the different ways in which the gamaka is played on the instrument.
Varnams covered are Mohanam Ragam Varnam and Abhogi Ragam Varnam.

Click on “Know More”  to view the introduction video from Vidwan Kumaresh (Fiddling Monk) which will give you a good idea about the course. A detailed curriculum of the course, FAQs and course highlights are available as well.



VARNAMS (Basic) – C2

In this course, you’ll discover the dynamic world of Varnams, a key component in Carnatic Music. Here, we’ll focus on two essential elements: sound and form.

Let’s start with Gamaka, the heartbeat of Carnatic Music. Gamaka is the special sound and character that brings this music to life. Throughout the course, you’ll learn how to play Gamaka on your instrument, exploring its diverse expressions and enhancing your musical skills.

Varnams covered in this course are Mohanam Ragam Varnam  and Abhogi Ragam Varnam.

Join us on this melodious adventure, where we’ll unravel the magic behind Carnatic Music’s unique sound and form, making it not just informative, but also fun and engaging!

Watch the introductory video by Vidwan Kumaresh (Fiddling Monk) below to grasp the magic! Explore our detailed curriculum, FAQs, and course highlights.


Course Highlights

Understanding the principle structure of Karnatic (Indian Music) compositions
Better understanding of the flow of Ragams (Musical Scales) and Thalams (Rhythmic cycles)
Introduction to the concept of Progressive speeds involved in playing Karnatic Compositions.
Personalised feedback to ensure the students gain sufficient skills to move forward
Exercises assigned to students for submission

Course Curriculum

  • Welcome to Varnams (Basic) - C2

  • Chapter #1 - Mohanam Varnam Part 1

    • Mohanam Ragam Varnam Pallavi
    • Mohanam Ragam Varnam Anupallavi
    • Assignment 1 - Mohanam Varnam - Pallavi & Anupallavi
    • Mohanam Ragam Varnam Chittaswaram
    • Assignment 2 - Mohanam Ragam Varnam Chittaswaram
  • Chapter #3 - Mohanam Ragam Varnam Part 3

    • Mohanam Ragam Varnam Charanam
    • Assignment 4 - Mohanam Ragam Varnam Charanam Part 1
    • Mohanam Ragam Varnam Charanam Part 2
    • Assignment 5 - Mohanam Varnam - Charanam Part 2
  • Chapter # 5 Abhogi Ragam Varnam Part 2

    Abhogi Ragam Varnam -1st halfAssignment 8 - Abhogi Ragam Varnam (1st half)
  • Final assessment - Varnam Dwitheeya

    Mohanam Ragam VarnamAbhogi Ragam VarnamMohanam Ragam Varnam (Gamakam Version)Abhogi Ragam Varnam (Gamakam Version)
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  • Chapter # 2 - Mohanam Ragam Varnam - Part 2

    Mohanam Ragam Varnam 1st HalfAssignment 3 - Mohanam Ragam Varnam (1st Half)
  • Chapter #4 - Abhogi Ragam Varnam Part 1

    Abhogi Ragam Varnam - PallaviAbhogi Ragam Varnam - AnupallaviAssignment 6 - Abhogi Varnam - Pallavi & AnupallaviAbhogi Ragam Varnam- ChittaswaramAssignment 7 - Abhogi Ragam Varnam- Chittaswaram
  • Chapter # 6 - Abhogi Ragam Varnam Part 3

    Abhogi Ragam Varnam-Charanam Part 1Assignment 9 - Abhogi Ragam Varnam - Charanam Part 1Abhogi Ragam Varnam - Charanam part 2Assignment 10 -Abhogi Ragam Varnam - Charanam Part 2


What is the prerequisite for enrolling in Varnams (Basic) -C2?

You will need to complete Varnams (Basic) – C1 before enrolling in this course. Please look up Varnams (Basic) – C1 here. In case you are already learning/have learnt Indian Violin and feel you have knowledge of lessons covered in course, please reach out to for completing the prerequisite requirements.

How do we interact with Vidwan Kumaresh R (Fiddling Monk)? How are the lessons taught? How will this be interactive?

Our online learning methodology is unique and interaction and feedback play a key role in your learning. Lessons are pre-recorded video lessons, meticulously composed and crafted,featuring multi-angle video recordings that intricately capture both right and left arm techniques. Students learn from the video lessons and then submit a video recording of what they have learnt(assignment submissions).  Students receive clear detailed video/audio/text feedback with precise instructions to help refine/master their technique. Students can progress to next lesson once they receive feedback on their current submission.

There will also be regular live zoom meeting interactions with Vidwan Kumaresh R (Fiddling Monk).

Please look up the “General Portal – FAQ” section in FAQ page. Most of the answers you are looking for is answered there. Also if you still have questions email us at , or message us on WhatsApp at +918095687401

Is there a course order ? Where can I learn about course plan and what course comes before or after?

To understand the musical journey and know about the logical progression of courses, please look up Courses-FAQ section in this link

I am interested, but do not have a violin and not sure what to purchase ?

Please look up the “Violin- FAQ” section in FAQ page. There is a detailed section on what violin to buy and where to procure the same

What are the payment plans available? Is there an Instalment option?

We have multiple options to purchase the courses.
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These options are just to give flexibility of payment options to the student. The material and guidance received are the same in  across plans.

Post completion of course, how long will l have access to videos for review and practice?

Whether you chose the one time payment option or instalment option, post full payment, you will have complete access to all the lessons and will continue to have post course completion as well.

If you are on a subscription plan, as long as your subscription payments are current, you will continue to have access to current materials as well as unique features of each of the subscription plans. Upon course completion, you will continue to have access to completed course materials for lifetime regardless of your subscription renewal status!

If your subscription plan expires or is not live or active, then you will lose access to one on one classes, webinars, practice classrooms, newer modules/courses/unfinished courses.

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