Study of stylistically divergent genres is an important part of COMET education. World musicians who specialise in folk music visit Brhaddhvani either as performers or as students interested in studying some aspects of Karnatak music. Folk music touches the heart of the people. In this respect Tamil Folk Music has an important role to play in the study of world music. Tamil Folk Music is rich in the content of literature, reflecting the day to day activities as well as philosophically elevating thoughts. Melodically Folk music has deeper connections with Karnatak music. Classical ragas, at the grass root level, have their foundation in Folk music. In voice culture Folk music has something valuable to offer. The rhythmic and melodic varieties in Folk music appeal to everyone around the world. Cultural connections make Folk music valuable in the study of Karnatak music. The svarasthana notation of this system helps documentation of Folk songs. We have used Folk songs in the kindergartener’s music syllabus. The children knowing folk songs helps them connect with our native culture.

In the late eighties, Dr. Karaikudi Subramanian, while in the University of Madras as a professor of music was fascinated by a Folk musician who had enrolled as a post graduate student in the department of Classical Indian music. It was interesting to watch this folk musician learn Karnatak music. The interconnections as well as the stylistic impediments in the learning process were glaring.  Dr. Subramanian was curious to study the interconnections between Folk and Classical. Collaborating with a famous Karnatak violinist, Mr. V.V. Subramanian Dr. Karaikudi Subramanian produced a program titled “From Folk to Classical”, a pioneering program, which shot the folk musician to stardom. It was great learning to bring the Folk and Classical musicians, for the first time ever, on a stage to perform together.