Research & Outcome-Dr. Karaikudi S Subramanian

It is our hypothesis that music is an essential ingredient of life. Our research reveals how music penetrates into every aspect of life! The secrets of the efficacy, impact and methods of learning music got revealed too from the very beginner to the most advanced! This encouraged us to reach out to everyone at all levels, from a villager to the city bred and to the world at large”.

Succinctly put, the fundamental research at BRH is effective music communication at all levels. We believe that music is an essential ingredient of our rich, intelligent and spiritually awakened lives of harmony and peace. We also believe that everyAcademics one has music in him and we only need to help bring this out in precise, easy and quicker ways of communication. The available musicological literature and the methodologies of practice based on culturally, stylistically, linguistically bound procedures tend to be intimidating to the aspiring students of music, if they do not belong to the musically ‘elite communities’. The complexity in Indian music due to gamakas, intricate and intertwining cross-rhythms, eludes easy communication also due to linguistic limitations. The research at Brhaddhvani is to reveal the process of Karnatak music making with clarity at all levels towards intimate experience, effective practice and appreciation leading towards self-learning and enjoyment. The developed methods and tools of learning are learner friendly. The outcome of this research is Correlated Objective Music Education and Training-COMETthe core material for the music pedagogy at Brhaddhvani. In the process of application of this method on many students who had problems in some aspects of learning including, ‘how to begin to learn music?’ Our research reveals how music penetrates into every aspect of life! The secrets of the efficacy, impact and methods of learning music got revealed too from the very beginner to the most advanced! This encouraged us to reach out to everyone at all levels, from a villager to the city bred and to the world at large. 

For a holistic understanding of what Brhaddhvani COMET are with respect to the preservation and continuity of tradition please read the article presented at the International Conference in Berlin in 2000.

Continuity and Change in Music Tradition in Contemporary South India
– A Case Study of Brhaddhvani by Dr Karaikudi S Subramanian, Founder Director, Brhaddhvani.