AoFA Grade Four Syllabus

 
 

A.         Practical

1.         Play and render orally Thani Aavarthanam (solo) and Panja Jaathi (Five types of) Thathingkinathom in Sama Eduppu for the following Thaalam:

a.         Mishra Chaapu Thaalam

b.         Kanda Chaapu Thaalam

2.         Play and render orally Thani Aavarthanam (solo) and Panja Jaathi (Five types of) Thathingkinathom in Sama Eduppu for the following Thaalam:

            a.         Thishra Jaathi Thiripudai Thaalam

            b.         Kanda Jaathi Thiripudai Thaalam

            c.         Mishra Jaathi Thiripudai Thaalam

            d.         Sangkeerana Jaathi Thiruputai Thaalam

3.         Play and render orally Thani Aavarthanam (solo) and Panja Jaathi (Five types of) Thathingkinathom in Chathushra Jaathi Thiruputai (Aathi) Thaalam for the following Eduppu:

            a.         Arai (½) Iddam – Half beat off beat

            b.         Sunduviral Samam – Little finger Samam

            c.         Ondarai (1½) Iddam – One and a half beat off beat

4.         Play and render orally Thani Aavarthanam (solo) and Panja Jaathi (Five types of) Thathingkinathom in Arai (½) Idda Atheetha Eduppu for Rupaka Thaalam:

5.         Play and render orally Thani Aavarthanam (solo) and Panja Jaathi (Five types of) Thathingkinathom in the following Thaalam and Eduppu:

            a.         Mishra Chaapu Thaalam Irendu Mathirai Thalli Eduppu (2 Mathirai off beat from Samam)

b.         Mishra Chaapu Thaalam Naangku Mathirai Thalli Eduppu (4 Mathirai off beat from Samam)

            c.         Kanda Chaapu Thaalam Irendu Mathirai Thalli Eduppu (2 Mathirai off beat from Samam)

6.         Play Panja Jaathi (Five types of) Thathingkinathom for Eduppu of Keerthanam, Krithis or songs based on the following Thaalam:

            a.         Aathi Thaalam

            b.         Rupaka Thaalam

            c.         Mishra Chaapu Thaalam

            d.         Kanda Chaapu Thaalam

7.         Play Saptha Thaala Alangkara Jathis in Thiri Kaalam (Three Speeds) and Thishram.

 

B.         Theory

 

1.         Knowledge of the Gathi Bhedam in 175 Thaalam and the knowledge of the origin of Thaalam.

2.         Definitions of the following:

a.         Maarga Thaalam

b.         Desiya Thaalam

c.         Gathi (Nadai).

3.         Definitions and details of the following:

a.         Shadangam

b.         Shodaashaangam

4.         Lakshanas of the following Carnatic songs:

a.         Thillana

b.         Soolaathi

c.         Padham

d.         Sindhu

5.         Ability to write with the use of proper signs and symbols Thani Aavarthanam (solo) in Sama Eduppu for the following Thaalam:

            a.         Aathi Thaalam

            b.         Rupaka Thaalam

            c.         Mishra Chaapu Thaalam

            d.         Kanda Chaapu Thaalam

6.         Knowledge of the structure and the art of handling the following musical instruments:

a.         Thambura

b.         Violin

c.         Flute

            d.         Kanjira

            e.         Dolak

            f.          Thavil

            g.         Tabla

 

7.         Know names of past and present Vithwans of the following musical instruments as well as the ability to compare and contrast them to the Miruthangam:

            a.         Kanjira

            b.         Dolak

            c.         Thavil

            d.         Tabla

8.         Life history and the contribution to Carnatic music of the following Thaalaissai (percussion) vithwans:

            a.         Maanmundiya Pillai

            b.         Pudhukottai Dhakshanamoorthy Pillai

            c.         Yalpanam Nachimarkoviladi V. Ambalavanar