4-Unit Course.
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No experience is necessary.

Bhajans are a form of devotional singing based on traditional Indian classical ragas. We will begin the course with an introduction to Indian classical music along with an overview of the significance of Bhajans. Four ragas will be covered along with Bhajans in each of those ragas. The course also provides training in voice modulation, shruthi (pitch), and practice exercises.

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Course Details

  • Enrollment is open

    You can enroll for this self-paced course at any time. When you order this course, the course icon will be immediately visible on your Student Dashboard. Inside, you can access the Welcome Unit and Class 1. New classes will then release every two weeks after that.

  • Self-paced and progressive

    Each unit contains on-demand video tutorials and lectures with expert guidance, audio exercises, recordings of live classes, class handouts and more! Enjoy learning about shrutis, svaras and vocal techniques to get that special "bhajan" sound when you sing!

  • Instructor interaction

    Upload your assignments and receive personalized feedback & guidance from Ratna via email. Ask questions and interact with other students via the Private Facebook Group. Email ava.dev.sing@gmail.com for assistance with your singing needs.

Instructors - Devotional Singing: Level 1

Ratna K.

The study of bhajans is a deeply devotional experience that helps draw one closer to themselves, closer to Amma, and closer to God. It is a great way to unburden yourself, increase creativity, and express emotions. The different ragas and svaras give us a means to express ourselves in ways we wouldn’t think of, and can help us unlock our true potential. Devotional singing is a wonderful sadhana.

Aum Namah Shivaya

Br. Ramanandamrita Chaitanya

Brahmachari Ramanandamrita Chaitanya met Amma at the age of three. He is a monastic disciple who was fortunate to grow up at Amma's ashram from a very young age. He directs M.A. Centers Eastern North America. He also travels, conducting satsangs in various cities and talks at universities, sharing Amma's message of selfless service and love.

He has written and composed many devotional songs, or bhajans, and can often be heard singing alongside Amma during many bhajans. He is a PhD graduate in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, College Park.

"Children, sing from the depth of your hearts.

Let the heart melt in prayer. The joy of singing the Lord's name is unique. This bhajan is for us to pour out all our heart's accumulated dirt. Leave aside all shyness and open your hearts to God."

- Amma

Course Curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome Unit - Part A

    • Opening Prayer

    • Important Information & How to Contact Us

    • Welcome to Devotional Singing

    • Welcome Letter

    • Contemplation

  • 2

    Welcome Unit - Part B (Resources & Getting Started)

    • Course Structure

    • Tips for Studying Vocals

    • Tanpura App Suggestion & 'How To' Video

    • Metronome App Suggestion

    • Talent & Practice

    • Closing Prayers for World Peace

  • 3

    Saraswati Puja

    • Lighting the Lamp of Knowledge

    • Lyrics - Sakala Kala Devate

    • Audio - Sakala Kala Devate

    • Special Puja

    • First Assignment: Share a Practice Space or Lamp Photo

  • 4

    Class 1 - Lesson 1: Indian Classical Music & Basic Concepts (Video Lecture)

    • Devotional Singing - Video Lecture #1

  • 5

    Class 1 - Lesson 2: Singing "Guru Charanam"

    • Directions & Preparations: Singing 's' 'p' 'ṡ'

    • Practice Singing "Guru Charanam" in Shruti 6 / A

    • Practice Singing "Guru Charanam" in Shruti 6.5 / A#

    • Practice Singing "Guru Charanam" in Shruti 7 or B

    • Practice Singing "Guru Charanam" in Shruti 1 or C

    • Congratulations!

  • 6

    Class 1 - Lesson 3: Singing "Om Namah Shivaya"

    • Directions

    • Practice Singing "Om Namah Shivaya" in Shruti 5.5 or G#

    • Practice Singing "Om Namah Shivaya" in Shruti 6 or A

    • Practice Singing "Om Namah Shivaya" in Shruti 6.5 or A#

    • Practice Singing "Om Namah Shivaya" in Shruti 7 or B

  • 7

    Class 1 - Lesson 4: Singing Your First Raga, Shankarabharanam

    • Singing Raga Shankarabharanam Scales (Arohanam & Avarohanam)

    • Question: Raga or Ragam?

    • Practice Exercise #1: Singing the Raga with 3 Swaras

    • Practice Exercise #2: More Singing the Raga with 3 Swaras

    • Practice Exercise #3: Sarali Varisai in Shankarabharanam (3 Speeds)

    • Practice Exercise #4: Sarali Varisai in Shankarabharanam (3 Speeds)

  • 8

    Class 1 - Lesson 5: Singing Raga Kalyani

    • Singing Raga Kalyani Scales (Arohanam & Avarohanam)

    • Practice Exercise #5: Sarali Varisai in Kalyani (3 Speeds)

    • Practice Exercise #6: Sarali Varisai in Kalyani (3 Speeds)

  • 9

    Class 1 - Submit Your Assignments!

    • Details

    • How to Submit a Video/Audio Assignment

    • Class 1 - Assignment A Upload

    • Class 1 - Assignment B Upload

  • 10

    Class 2 - Lessons 1 to 4: More on Ragas & Bhajans

    • Lesson 1: More on Singing in Shruti (Revisiting Concepts)

    • Lesson 2: More on Swaras and Swarasthanas (Revisiting Concepts)

    • Lesson 3: Classification of Ragas (Types of Ragas)

    • Lesson 4: Classification of Swaras (16 Swaras)

  • 11

    Class 2 - Lesson 5: More on Concepts (Video Lecture)

    • Devotional Singing - Video Lecture #2

    • Lecture Notes

    • Question: Taal, Taala or Taalam?

    • About the Following PDF on Melakartha Ragas

    • Melakartha Ragas in Carnatic Music

  • 12

    Class 2 - Submit Your Assignments!

    • Class 2 - Assignment A Upload

    • Class 2 - Assignment B Upload

  • 13

    Class 3 - Lesson 1: The Essence of Music - With Swami Amritaswarupananda Puri

    • The Essence of Music - With Swami Amritaswarupananda Puri

  • 14

    Class 3 - Lesson 2: More Bhajan Practice - Singing in Shruti & Learning the Taal

    • Devotional Singing - Video Lecture #3, Part 1

    • Devotional Singing - Video Lecture #3, Part 2

    • Bhajan Handout for Video Lecture #3

    • Bhajan Lyrics for Video Lecture #3

  • 15

    Class 3 - Submit Your Assignment!

    • Class 3 Assignment Upload

  • 16

    Class 4: Singing with Br. Ramanandamrita Chaitanya - Ragas, Bhajans & Gamakas

    • Devotional Singing - Video Lecture #4, Part 1 (Feelings & Moods from Ragas)

    • Devotional Singing - Video Lecture #4: Part 2 (Gamakas - Vocal Techniques for Bhajan Styles)

    • Devotional Singing - Video Lecture #4: Part 3 (Additional Tips)

    • Lecture Notes

  • 17

    Class 4 - Submit Your Assignment!

    • Class 4 Assignment Upload

  • 18

    Conclusion

    • Closing Survey

    • Before You Go...

    • Closing Prayers

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