VARNAMS (Intermediate) – C1

Navaragamalika & Kalyani


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 in Thritheeya are Navaragamalika Varnam (9 Ragas) and Kalyani 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.

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VARNAMS (Intermediate) – C1

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 Navaragamalika Varnam (9 Ragas) and Kalyani Ragam Varnam.

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


Course Highlights

Better understanding of the flow of Ragams(Musical Scales) and Thalams(Rhythmic cycles)
Introduction to the concept of progressive speeds involved in playing Carnatic compositions
Sharpen skills with lesson wise assignments
Assignments evaluated by experts for guidance
Effort : 8 -10 hrs per week; Length: 10-12 weeks. (Self-paced)

Course Curriculum

  • Welcome to Varnams (Intermediate) - C1

    Welcome to Varnams (Intermediate) - C1 Preview 1 Navaragamalika Varnam Preview 2 Kalyani Ragam Varnam
  • Chapter 1 - Navaragamalika Varnam Part 1

    Navaragamalika Varnam - Pallavi( Ragam Kedaram) Navaragamalika Varnam - Anupallavi ( Ragam Shankarabharanam) Assignment 1 - Navaragamalika Varnam - Pallavi & Anupallavi
  • Chapter 3 - Navaragamalika Varnam Second Speed

    Navaragamalika Varnam - Second Speed Assignment 3 - Navaragamalika varnam second speed
  • Chapter 5 - Kalyani Ragam - Varnam Part 1

    Kalyani Ragam Varnam Pallavi Kalyani Ragam Varnam Anupallavi Assignment 6 - Kalyani Varnam - Pallavi & Anupallavi Kalyani Varnam Chittaswaram Assignment 7 - Kalyani Varnam - Chittaswaram
  • Chapter 7 - Kalyani Ragam Varnam - Part 3

    Kalyani Ragam Varnam Charanam Part 1 Assignment 9 - Kalyani Ragam Varnam Charanam Part 1 Kalyani Ragam Varnam Charanam Part 2 Assignment 10 - Kalyani Ragam Varnam Charanam Part 2
  • Next Steps

    Congrats! Here's what's next...
  • How to navigate through this site

    How to navigate this website Apps to help tune your violin Bluestacks and Shruti App Interact! - Submit videos for feedback How to upload an unlisted YouTube video Assignment Submission
  • Chapter 2 - Navaragamalika Varnam Chittaswaram

    Navaragamalika Varnam Chittaswaram 1 - Ragam Kalyani Navaragamalika Varnam Chittaswaram2 - Ragam Begada Assignment 2 - Navaragamalika Varnam - Chittaswaram
  • Chapter 4 - Navaragamalika Varnam Charanam

    Kambhoji - Introduction Navaragamalika Charanam (Ragam Kambodi) & 1,2 swarams Assignment 4 - Navaragamalika varnam charanam Part 1 Navaragamalika Charanam - 3,4  Swarams Assignment 5 - Navaragamalika Varnam Charanam Part 2
  • Chapter 6 - Kalyani Ragam Varnam - Second Speed

    Kalyani Ragam Varnam - 2nd Speed Assignment 8 - Kalyani Ragam Varnam 2nd Speed
  • Final Assessment - Varnams (Intermediate) - C1

    Final course Assessment 1 - Navaragamalika Varnam Final Course Assessment 2 - Kalyani Ragam Varnam


What is the prerequisite for enrolling in Varnams (Intermediate) - C1?

You will need to complete Varnams (Basic) – C2 before enrolling in this course. Please look up Varnams (Basic) – C2 here. In case you are already learning/have learnt Indian Violin and feel you have knowledge of lessons covered in Varnams (Basic) – C2, 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.
Option 1: One Time Payment plan – This opens all the lessons immediately. Purchase it directly on the website.

Option 2: Instalment Payment plan – In this option the course lessons open up corresponding to the monthly instalment payment. Email us to know about the instalment Payment options at

Option 3: Subscription Payment Plan – In this option, students pay a monthly subscription fee and they start at the course level they need to and automatically progress to next course as and when they finish 1 course. Subscription plans give you access to continuous learning, lots of features like instructor guidance, practice classrooms etc, depending on plan you sign up for. For more details and features of the membership or subscription plans, kindly look up details  “Subscription Plans” or email us at

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.

If I have any payment or access issues who should I contact?

Our payment platform provider is a secure robust platform, so we do not foresee any issues, still look up the Payment- Faq page.

Question I have is not listed here. Any contact info?

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