How to Use this Website (Read this First)


Sunadam is a online music project that aims at simplifying Carnatic music. With that end goal in mind, I want to ensure that the reader interacts with the content in a sequential manner. The reason for this is that one normally builds knowledge by using known concepts to learn unknown concepts. If the reader is faced with a whole bunch of unknown technical concepts, the learning process becomes overwhelming and ultimately the interest will be lost. If you already have basic understanding of terminology, then you can approach the posts in a manner which suits your preferences.

So this post will be used to curate content in a logical and sequential way. Hopefully that will help you in making sense of the words used in posts. Although the site is dedicated to learning Carnatic music conceptually, the practical aspects will be taught primarily on violin and to some extent in the vocal form. So the list of videos are also structured accordingly. In Carnatic music, there is no instrumental style of playing per say. So it is a very important for learners of the violin (or any other instrument for that matter) to be able to vocalize what you have learnt.

This page will be updated regularly.

Vocal/General Carnatic Music Learning:

  1. Introduction to Shruti
  2. Introduction to Laya and Tala
  3. Sapta Swaras – Seven Musical Notes
  4. Adi Tala and Speeds

Violin Learning:

  1. Parts of the Violin
  2. Indian Violin Posture and Bow Hold
  3. Readying the Bow For use
  4. Introduction to Shruti – The Foundational Pitch
  5. How to tune the Violin for Carnatic Music
  6. Introduction to Laya and Tala
  7. Sapta Swaras – Seven Musical Notes 
  8. Adi Tala and Speeds

8 Responses to “How to Use this Website (Read this First)

  • Hey. I am regularly watching videos & reading your web. I’m glad & happy about the information that you provide. It’s easy to understand & simple. I’m having difficult in using metronome application. Like how to use the app. Could you briefly explain with the application shown in the video. Makes it way more understandable for me. Thank you.

    • Tejas mallela
      8 years ago

      I shall explain the metronome in depth in future videos. But here is an analogy. If you remember marches in school, students would march to a drum beat: Left, right, Left. Why? That helps us sync with one sense of time and move in union. Time plays an important role in music, and most of us use our intuitive sense of rhythm in our head to maintain time. But tools like the metronome provide us a perfect standard. So we pick a tempo that is suitable for composition or exercise, and use it. For example 60 BPM is a good tempo for practising 1st speed of sarali swarams. Every-time the click is heard, you change the note.

  • Have started learning violin recently and while I was surfing the web for info about violin Shruthi etc. I stumbled upon this site.. watched all the YouTube videos you have posted and I just loved them.. the basic concepts that you have spoken about are so clear and I was amazed by the way you taught them in such a simple and easy to understand way by anyone …

    But I was disappointed to see that there are no new videos added after 2016.. will something come in future or this project is stopped..?

    • Tejas mallela
      5 years ago

      Thank you for your feedback. I am very busy these days, so I have no time to spend on these tutorials which take a lot of time to make and edit. Hopefully I can look into it in the future.

  • T Sarat Babu
    4 years ago

    Sir this is Sarat (Vizianagaram in AP) now from Pune. Recently I contacted you to buy kanyalessons and helped me a lot. I want to buy a violin for my daughter who is very keen in learning Violin. Please help me in this regard and guide me to buy a good violin for my daughter. Sarat

  • Hello sir, I’m Saurav Athparia from northeast Assam, I have gone through your videos in YT, I am intermediate learner in violin basically now willing to learn about vibrato, gamaka style, meend & other musical ornaments.. is any video lecture you provide for online purchase? Thank you.

  • Dr.suriyakala
    4 years ago

    Would like to know procedure to learn online classes

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