CBSE Board Class 12 Carnatic Vocal Music Syllabus 2023-24 & Music Theory Notes

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Carnatic Vocal Music Syllabus Code No. 031 for Class – XII 12th CBSE Board 2023-24


CLASS–XII (2023-24):

Theory                                                                                                                                      Marks: 30

Time: 2 Hours

A         History and Theory of Indian MusicNo. of Periods
1 (i)  An Outline Knowledge of the following Lakshana Grandhas Sangita Saramrita, Sangita Sampradaya Pradarsini, Svaramelakalanidhi, Raga Vibodha, Brihaddesi.4
(ii)Short life sketch and contributions of the following: Annamacharya, Kshetrajna, Swati Tirunal,Gopalakrishna Bharati, Maha Vaidyanatha Iyer,Patanam Subramanya Aiyar. Ramnad Srinivasa Iyenger, Mysore Vasudevachar.5
(iii)A study of musical forms:- Kriti, Padam, Javali, Tiruppugazh,Ragamalika.5
(iv)Detailed study of Manodharma Sangita5
2Definition and explanation of the following:- JanakaJanyaragas, Bhashanga, Upanga, Varja, Vakra ragas, Arudi,Eduppu, Prabandham, Grama, Murchana, Jaati5
3Lakshanas of the ragas prescribed in practical activity5
4Candidates should be able to write in notation of the kirtanain the prescribed ragas.  5
5Brief description of concert instruments, their constructiontechniques of playing.3
6Classification of Musical Instruments in general.3
                                                 Total periods40


Practical                                                                                                                                Marks: 70

B                    Practical ActivitiesNo. of Periods
1Ragas prescribed: Pantuvarali, Todi, Nata, Goula, Sri, Saveri, Kedaragaula, Purvikalyani, Mohanam, Keeravani, Ritigoula .30
2One varnam in Atatala in two degrees of speed.6
3Alapana of the ragas prescribed.18
4Compositions in authentic tradition atleast one each in the prescribe ragascovering musical forms, kritis, Padams, Javalis, Tillanas and Raga malikas.09
5Niraval and kalpana svaras in Adi, Rupaka, and ChapuTalas in only firstdegree of speed.15
6One Simple Pallavi (R.T.P) in adi or Khanda Triputa Tala with Trikalamonly.20
7Knowledge of tuning tambura.2
                                               Total Periods100



CLASS–XII (2023–24)

Practical Paper                                                                                       Marks: 70

Duration: 30 to 45 minutes

Per candidate General Instructions:

1. Before starting the test, the candidate may be asked to submit a list of what

they havebeen taught from the syllabus.

2. Examiners are expected to ask questions which have direct relevance with

the courseand syllabus.

3. Award of mark should be in accordance with the marking scheme.

S.No                    Value PointMarks
1.For tuning the Tambura/drone and questions related to it05
2.One Ata TalaVarnam in two degrees of speed05
3.One kriti as per the choice of the candidate with all Manodharma aspects05
4.One kriti with Manodharma aspects as per the choice of The examiners10
5.One post Pallavi item04
6.Testing the knowledge on prescribed raga lakshanas04
7.Testing the knowledge of prescribed Talas04
8.Testing the knowledge of various type of Musical forms learnt04
9.Examine the svarajnanam of the candidate.04
10.Presentation of the Pallavi Learnt.05

Note: 20 marks for internal assessment & Project work. External examiners have to bearranged for 50 marks for the practical examination.

Project Work guideline:

Minimum four reports and maximum ten reports have to be submitted. Best four will beconsidered for Evaluation.

1. Must attend and report live concerts (both vocal and Instrumental)

2. Details of the organization (i.e., notices informing the concert has to be

included in theproject)

3. Presentation of items in order

4. Details of each item presented (Whether creative or Manodharma aspects included)

5. Audience response and duration of each item.

6. Details about the item in which Tani avartanam was played.

7. Photographs of the live concert.

Note: In absence of live classical concerts, students can make report on

Devotional Bhajans, T.V. live shows, etc.

List of topics for the reference:

1. Tuning of the Tambura/drone. The candidate should be asked to tune the Tambura tohis/her pitch. Questions related to its structure, tonality, etc., may be asked.

2. Varnam: One Ata Tala Varnam of the candidate’s choice in two degrees of speed, eitherentirely or in part may be asked.

3. A kriti of the candidate’s choice, may be asked along with Alapana, Niraval and Kalpanasvaram.

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