Indian traditions include everything that makes the Indian society what it is today in terms of cultural and social life. For the study of music holistically we need to take into consideration the divergent intertwining strands in the musi-cultural traditions including folk and film. The COMET education will reveal the processes behind the two main performing classical traditions Karnatak and Hindustani and their connections with folk and film. The current in depth studies will focus on Karnatak music only. We will be shortly introducing studies in Hindustani with respect to Dhrupad, Khyal, Thumri and other genres. The theoretical foundations through the literary traditions, the allied art forms, dance and theatre will be complementary to the main study.

The literary tradition in music is based in Sanskrit which supports the current performing tradition. There is a parallel in the literary tradition which supports Tamil music. Sanskrit, Telugu & Kannada oriented Classical South Indian musical compositions dominate the concert stage throughout South India.This is because the 15th century Kannada composer Purandaradasa has codified Karnatak music through a series of exercises, followed by simple devotional songs. Tamil songs are mostly sung in Tamil Nadu and in places where there is a Tamil diaspora. More and more Tamil songs are sung on the concert platforms nowadays. The Folk and Film Traditions can be also studied with a base in Karnatak music. COMET training makes this possible.