Journey to the heart of ragas

Emmanuelle Martin

Asia | New classes

Carnatic music is an ancestral, traditional and sacred music, originating from South India. Drawing its sources from the Vedic recitations dating back some 4000 years, it connects us to the origin of the world, to what is considered essential. Even if it remains in constant evolution - like any tradition - the main form practiced today within the Carnatic tradition - the kriti - appears relatively recent since it emanates from musicians-composers who lived between the 17th and 19th centuries. It is a so-called modal music which is based, like other forms of Indian music, on the principle of derâga (melodic modes) and tâla (rhythmic cycles). Carnatic music expresses a perfect balance between composition and improvisation, these two dimensions of musical creation intertwining and enriching each other continuously.

Saturday, October 2 and Sunday, October 3, 2021 from 10am to 1pm:

"I invite you to come and explore together the great potential of the voice through an ancestral music from South India: Carnatic music. We will try to anchor ourselves in the sound, to develop listening and feeling. It will be a question of going to the meeting of our voice, the one which is clean to us, to dare to sing by releasing the potential of expression which is in us. When the voice develops and expresses itself fully, the relationship to listening becomes more organic and alive.
This listening will also include the tampura (a fundamental lute in Indian music) and the voices of others. This art of listening occupies an essential place in any artistic, creative and living process. The path that the voice makes in us, and which invites us to interiorize, opens us to new perceptions".

Saturday, October 2 and Sunday, October 3 from 3:00 to 6:00 pm:

"This workshop is intended for people with previous vocal and/or musical experience who wish to enrich their own practice by exploring in greater depth the approach to improvisation through the râga, their notes and their development processes, compositions and rhythmic structures. We will be open to musical concepts that can enrich any vocal and musical practice whatever the tradition to which it belongs."

Pedagogical objectives:


-Develop mental flexibility
-Develop memory
-Develop attention and concentration
-Develop listening skills and receptivity
-To approach improvisation through compositions
-Discovering rhythmic cycles: developing a sense of structure that provides a framework for the improvised expression of music
-Develop confidence in one's own voice
-Discovering the approach of a traditional oral transmission based on listening and repetition: learning by imitation, developing confidence in one's own listening and voice, taking the time to listen, to repeat, the sound context of the tampura creating a climate that develops a certain "free attention"
-Discovering the world of South Indian raga, opening up to new musical codes and concepts

Individual classes will also be offered at the end of each day.



Emmanuelle Martin is today a reference in France and in Europe in the field of traditional and sacred classical music from South India, Carnatic music. It is a true initiatory journey that she lived for 10 years in Chennai, India, where she devoted herself to learning this music from one of the greatest masters of this tradition, Shri T.M Krishna. Since her return to France in 2014, she has been traveling between India, Europe and the United States where she gives concerts, transmits this art and continues her own practice. In January 2016, she joined Ariane Mnouchkine and the Théâtre du Soleil troupe to train actors in Carnatic singing and music for their latest creation Une Chambre en Inde. She teaches Carnatic singing and music through private lessons, regular workshops and courses, in France and abroad.

PLACE : ADEM 2 - 44, rue des Maraîchers - 1205 Geneva
DATES, TIMETABLE and FEES : information coming soon
CONTACT : T +33 7 77 05 15 31

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