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  1. Why are the lyrics in capitals and lowercase? I don't understand them.
  2. Where can I find lyrics to a song?
  3. How do I search the lyrics on the site?
  4. Where can I buy music books?
  5. Where can I find meanings, swaras, or notations to a song?
  6. what is the thalam of ananda nadamadu varthilie[ragam purivika kalyani
  7. How do I contribute lyrics to songs I have?
  8. Where should i look for english translations of krithis of the Trinity?
  9. Sometime back, i saw a site which contains the songs of trinity and other people in telugu script. I have forgotten about. Please let me know that site. Thanking you PSRAO
  10. C in a sruthi box or keyboard corresponds to one katai and C sharp corresponds to 1.5 and so on. but there is no information regarding sruthies below 1 kattai. what is 1/2 kattai.is there any 3/4 kattai. are there any kattais below 1/2 kattai.
  11. Can i save/record the songs/alapans from your web site?



  1. Why are the lyrics in capitals and lowercase? I don't understand them.
    The lyrics are typed in a special format called transliteration. This helps a singer pronounce the words correctly. For example, if I wrote "rama," you would not know whether to say "raamaa," "rama," "raama," or "rama". Also, if I wrote cala, it could be chala or chhala or kala! In order to make this clear, we use specific letters and capitals to denote special sounds. In general, A = aa, I = ee, U = oo, O = oh, E = eh, t = th, d = dh, c = ch, etc. To see what each of the letters means, please visit our transliteration and symbols page (click here). If you are still having trouble, please Contact us.
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  2. Where can I find lyrics to a song?
    If a song is definitely on the site, you need to know SOMETHING about the song (title, some words in it, composer, raga, tala, deity, language). Whatever it is, make sure you follow the transliteration scheme before you start, so you get the spelling right! If you know the title, use the lyrics list. Scroll down to find the one you want. If you know the composer, find the composer's name on the composers page. They are not necessarily alphabetical names. The list of songs by the composer is after the biography. If you know the raga, choose the raga from the ragas list or click on the name of the raga to find it. A list of lyrics we have is underneath the raga info. If you only know the tala, language, deity, or language, you can still find the song using the search page. Choose the field you want or type it in. If you only know a combination of the above, you can also use the search page. You can also search directly from the home page within karnATik for internal words of songs, if you must. If you are still unable to find the song, it's either there and you can't find it, or we haven't posted it yet. Please Contact us with as much information about the song as you know.
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  3. How do I search the lyrics on the site?
    Go to the Search page here or go to the main page.

    There you can search by raga, composer, deity, language, tala, song type, and song name in any combination you like.

    An alternative is to go directly to the Lyrics page to search by song name. You can also search by a composer or raga. If you are still having trouble, please Contact us.

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  4. Where can I buy music books?
    A very good source for music books is the Karnatic Music Book Centre located in Chennai, India. They ship around the world. To contact them, email kmbc@eth.net, or use this address: The Karnatic Music Book Centre, 27 (Old No.14) Sripuram First St, Royapettah, Near Ajantha Hotel, Chennai-600 014. Phone:91-44-8111716,8113253. Other sites like Ganamandir Trust make Tyagaraja, Dikshitar, Shyama Sastry, varnam, and other books. CBH publications also have many books available. Check the Links page for more. If you are looking for a particular book and can't find it anywhere, please Contact us.
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  5. Where can I find meanings, swaras, or notations to a song?
    Whenever possible, I try to put the meaning of a song on the website. If they are not there, please check the links section for other sites that have meanings. You can also try Shivkumar Kalyanaraman's krithi archive for many notations. Otherwise, meanings and notations for Tyagaraja, Dikshitar, and Shyama Sastry songs are available. Just email me the name, raga, and composer of the song. For other songs, you will have to email me as well and I will try to get the notations or meanings back to you within a week. If they are not available, please try one of the forums and someone may be able to help you there.
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  6. what is the thalam of ananda nadamadu varthilie[ragam purivika kalyani
    this composition is by Nilakantha Shivan in roopaka thalam. thanks! rani
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  7. How do I contribute lyrics to songs I have?
    We're always pleased to have lyrics sent to us! Before you do so, please check that they are not already on the website by visiting lyrics.karnatik.com After that, please list the titles of some of the lyrics you want to send in and email me at pj20@cornell.edu or fill out the contact form at http://www.geocities.com/promiserani2/contact.html It is important to do this because we have many lyrics in the process of being added and do not want to make you waste effort on songs that are already in line to be posted. If you have truly unique songs that we do not have for sure, please go ahead and email them with the contact form or to the email address above. We prefer that you use the format used on the website (see the Symbols page) and in either text or Microsoft Word format. We really appreciate it!
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  8. Where should i look for english translations of krithis of the Trinity?
    Not all compositions have translations at the moment, but we are working on them. Lyrics to all compositions are available at http://lyrics.karnatik.com - lyrics by Tyagaraja will be notated with T, Dikshitar with D, and Shyama Sastry with S. You can also go to their respective biographies: Tyagaraja http://www.karnatik.com/co1006.shtml Dikshitar http://www.karnatik.com/co1002.shtml Shyama Sastry http://www.karnatik.com/co1007.shtml Below the biographies are lists of all the compositions. When you click on a particular song, meanings and translations are listed below the lyrics, so just scroll down. If you do not see the meaning for a particular song, send us a request through our online form at http://www.karnatik.com/contact.shtml and we will find the translation for you.
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  9. Sometime back, i saw a site which contains the songs of trinity and other people in telugu script. I have forgotten about. Please let me know that site. Thanking you PSRAO
    Hi, You'd written the following question on the FAQ. The site is http://www.andhrabharati.com/kIrtanalu/index_ITRANS.html - You will need a Telugu font reader to see the script, however. Please let me know if this is the one you mean. There was one other with only about 10 songs but it is no longer available. This page also has tyagaraja lyrics in Telugu: http://members.tripod.com/~RKSanka/ You can also periodically check the Links page for the word "Telugu" to find others. thanks rani
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  10. C in a sruthi box or keyboard corresponds to one katai and C sharp corresponds to 1.5 and so on. but there is no information regarding sruthies below 1 kattai. what is 1/2 kattai.is there any 3/4 kattai. are there any kattais below 1/2 kattai.
    The kattais correspond to actual notes on a keyboard or western notes in modern shruti boxes. They are denoted by the number of steps from one note to the next 1/2 or whole (1). The range goes from ... -1 -0.5 0 1 1.5 2 ... etc. Therefore, lower shrutis are usually denoted as negative kattais rather than 1/2 or 3/4 kattais. For a good example, you can hear the kattais denoted on the shruti box page at http://www.karnatik.com/shrutibox.shtml A really low kattai that might normally be denoted as -4 (a very low E) would often be referred to simply as shruti 3 (the higher E) for ease of using the shruti box/tambura and for performing with other instruments. Therefore, for convenience, the middle shrutis 0-7 are most often used for tuning and performing. The Gentle Introduction to Carnatic music gives more description of kattai: http://www.indianmelody.com/carnaticintro.htm
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  11. Can i save/record the songs/alapans from your web site?
    Yes you can save any files that are hosted on karnatik.com - either click on the file and then go to the File menu and choose Save or Save as. Alternatively, right click on the link and choose Save. You can only do this for files that have the link www.karnatik.com at the beginning - other files are hosted elsewhere and may not be available for saving. Please also note that the work on the site is the copyright of the performers or of karnatik.com
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