CBSE Class 12 Carnatic Percussion Instrumental Syllabus 2022-2023: New Syllabus PDF

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CBSE Class 12 Carnatic Percussion Instrumental Syllabus 2022-2023


A. History and Theory of Indian Music No. of periods



An outline knowledge of following Lakshana Granthas with special reference to Tala and percussion in Chaturdandi Prakashika, Sangita Ratnakara, Ragavibhodha, Svaramela Kalanidhi 2
ii Short life sketch and contributions of the following luminaries: Needamangalam Meenakshi Sundaram Pillai, Tanjore Vaidyanatha Iyer, Palghat Mani Iyer, Umaiyalpuram KodandaRamaiyer,

Palani Subramania Pillai, VilvadriIyer.

iii Study of the musical forms, Pallavi, Sollukattu, Tillana, Padamand Javali 08
II Definition and explanation of the following: Arudi, Eduppu, Gati-bheda, Anuloma, Pratiloma, Tisram, Trikalam, Theka, Shadangas, Talas. 08
III The candidates should have an outline knowledge of the classification of Percussion instruments in general and a brief history of the instrument optedfor 5
IV Technical Terms: Vilamba, Madhya, Druta, Atitam, Anagatam, Pharan, Kalapramanam, Ghumki, Konnakkol, Choru, Varu, Toppi 06
V The candidate should possess knowledge of the fundamental structure, technique and playing of other percussion instruments like Morsing, Tabla, Chenda, Edakka and Gettu Vadyam. 06
  Total Periods 40

Exam Format

Sr. No. Topics Marks
I MCQ covering the whole syllabus 6 Marks
II (i) Notation of the Korvais & Teermanams of the prescribed

talas Adi, Rupaka, Misra Chapu & Khanda Chapu

6 Marks
(ii) Playing technique & construction of instrument opted 6 Marks
(iii) Explanation of construction & playing technique of other

percussion instruments

III (i) Life sketch and contribution of composers 3 Marks
(ii) Lakshana Granthas 3 Marks
IV (i) Definition 6 Marks
(ii) Musical forms (Topic 2 & 4)  
  Total Marks 30 marks


B. Practical Activities No of


I. Ability to construct Mohra and Korvai to Khanda jati Ataalam and Triputa tala. 25
II. An exhibition of accompanying ability 25
III. Demonstration of the various types and usages of Gumki. 25
IV. Ability to play Tani Avartanam in Misra and Khanda Chapu Talas . 25
  Total Periods 100

List of topics for the reference:

  1. The student should be asked to tune the instrument to a particular pitch. He/she may    be asked about the structure and parts of the instrument: problems faced in maintaining the instrument in good condition during change of
  2. Choice Tala: The student should be asked to play full-fledged tani avartanam in a tala of his/her
  3. Tala of Examiner’s choice: The student should be asked to play tani avartanam to one or two talas of the examiner’s choice not necessarily the whole course of the tani avartanam but only selected
  4. The candidate may be asked to recite Mohra, Korvai, Tirmanam for different talas learnt.
  5. The candidate should be asked to accompany vocal music, instrumental music or both. The music may be provided either by the examiners themselves or by an artist specifically engaged for the
  6. Questions like (a) differentiation between laya and tala, (b) various Angas of the talas, (c) explanation of technical terms like Thekka, Pharan, Gumki, Meettu, Chappu,etc.

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