Indu Nandakumar, ET Bureau Jan 5, 2012, 08.19PM IST
BANGALORE: A recently launched mobile application ‘Caranatic Raga‘, developed by Sivakumar Loganathan, a graduate student in Entertainment Technology at the Carnigie Mellon University is gaining popularity in the Android app market. Carnatic Raga provides reference to about 968 ragas used in carnatic music and lets you search for a raga from a single note.
The app provides the Arohanam (ascending scale) and Avarohanam (descending scale) of each raga. In the past one year, there has been rise in the number of genre-specific mobile applications, most of them free for download, helping traditional music aficionado’s stay connected to rare raga’s and their favourite performances.
“Carnatic music system is very rich. It is important to preserve our cultural heritage and spread knowledge through technology. Even though there are so many books and Internet resources available for Carnatic Raga reference, I have seen people making phone calls to carnati
c experts to identify a particular raga. This is because there is no single, simple interface available to search Ragas,” says Shivakumar who believes mobile apps can get a better shape if the development is driven by its users.
Interestingly, the Carnatic Raga app is being downloaded from all over the world — India with 48.5% followed by United States with 30% downloads. “Last month (December) saw 100% increase over the average monthly downloads for this application. Since the launch in April 2011, the app has been downloaded 3090 times”, Sivakumar said.
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(Source: 01/2012 – ET – The Economic Times | Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd.)
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