Music & Languages are  knit together in any music and more particularly in South Indian music. Karnatak music is based on the devotional compositions of spiritually inspired composers such as Thyagaraja, Mudduswami Dikshitar, Syamasastri, Swathi Thirunal and others. The pure melodies based on ragas are soaked in the emotions of the rich poetry.   The two rich languages that have influenced South Indian music are Sanskrit and Tamil. Other languages such as Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam are the outcome of the interactions of these two ancient languages. Although one does not hear ‘Sanskrit music’, one would certainly hear the term Tamil music in Tamil Nadu. It signifies the classical compositions in Tamil, contrasted from classical compositions in Sanskrit, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam. The 15th century Kannada composer Purandaradasa is known to have codified Karnatak music from the basics as Sarali, Jantai and so on. There are beautiful compositions in Tamil composed prior to the Tyagaraja, such as Arunachala Kavi, Muthutandavar, Marimutha Pillai and others. But the foundation for Karnatak music lies in the bulk of devotional Tamil poetry such as Tevaram, Tiruvacakam of Saivite and Divya prabandhams Vaishnavite saints from around 7th century. The Tamil scholars point to as early as the Sangam period for the origin of our classical music. The immediate predecesor to Tyagaraja was Ootukadu Venkatakavi, a prolific composer knowledgeable in Sanskrit, Tamil and Marathi, who has a great share in the development of what we now know as Karnatak music. Among the post Tyagaraj composers Papanasam Sivan is a prolific Tamil composer.

However, the bulk of Karnatak concert repertoire is in Telugu and Sanskrit. Telugu and Kannada speaking students of Karnatak music have very little chance in the initial period of training to get to know Tamil as Tamil compositions are mostly sung in Tamil Nadu or in places where Tamil is spoken.

To be able to get to the core of Tamil music and enjoy the Tamil literature through songs, we have brought beautiful nature and value based Tamil poetry composed by the Tamil poet Vaideeswaran for the basic exercises of Purandaradasa’s Sarali, Jantai etc. This is translated in Malayalam by the Malayalam poet Ramesan Nair and in Sanskrit by Prof. N.Ramaratnam. We hope to bring translations in Kannada and Telugu, so that the Karanatak music students speaking any language will be able to get introduced to all the South Indian languages through the practice of the basics in Karnatak music with poetry. The phonetics of Indian languages is an important aspect of our learning classical music through the COMET system of music education. Our initiative is to dispel the prejudices in languages and make people enjoy languages through music.