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Music to Support Syllabus Revisions

Music to Support Syllabus Revisions

2 July 2013

Music CDs for the Bharatanatyam and Kathak syllabi were produced in 2004. There have since
been revisions to the syllabi, but the material is not outdated

Bharatanatyam Syllabus 

The prepared performances recorded for Grades 1 to 3 serve as examples for the required presentation in the current format. The Korvai for Grade 1, the Swara Korvai for Grade 2 and the Korvai and Kuraippu for Grade 3 are longer than the minimum requirement. Therefore, teachers can feel free to use these in part, edited or wholly. Alternatively, teachers can just use the format as a model to create their own examination music from other musical sources, bearing in mind the maximum duration permitted for the prepared performance for each Grade. 

The samples for Grades 1 to 3 are also indicative of the content expected for each of the prepared performances, including a variety of Adavus and Jatis. Taking into account the fact that different Banis may employ different Solkattu for the same Adavu, in some sections of the recorded examination pieces Jatis have been recited instead of Adavu Solkattu to allow teachers the freedom to set any Adavu they wish to those sections of the prepared performance. 

Other items of the Bharatanatyam repertoire found on the CD – namely Alarippu, Jatiswaram, Sabdam, Varnam, Kirtanam, Padam, Astapadi and Tillana – are all available as resources for teachers to choreograph to and present for the Graded and Vocational examinations. Again, these may be edited by teachers to fit in with time constraints for the prepared performance for each Grade. 

Although the CD is entitled Bharatanatyam Music – Grades 1 to 6, much of the material is also relevant to the vocational syllabus. 

Kathak Syllabus 

The prepared performances recorded for Grades 1 and 2 (tracks one and four) serve as examples for the required presentation in the current format and are appropriate to use in examinations. 

Tracks three and five are alternative examples for Grades 1 and 2, respectively. Therefore, teachers can feel free to use any of these in part, edited or wholly. Alternatively, teachers can just use the format as a model to create their own examination music from other musical sources, bearing in mind the maximum duration permitted for the prepared performance for each Grade. 

Other items of the Kathak repertoire found on the CD – namely Thumri, Bhajan, Ghazal and Tarana – are all available as resources for teachers to choreograph to and present for the Graded exams. Again, these may be edited by teachers to fit in with time constraints for the prepared performance for each Grade. Teental Theka is also available for general practice. 

Although the CD is entitled Kathak Music – Grades 1 to 6, some of the material (Thumri, Bhajans, amongst others) can also be relevant for the Vocational syllabus. 

To all teachers 

As there have been some revisions and minor adjustments to last year’s syllabus, teachers are requested to check that they have read the most current syllabus. 

The Classical Indian Dance Faculty recommends that teachers attend the forums to have the most up-to-date information. 

The Faculty also apologises for the delay in publishing the specifications.

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