CBSE Class 12 Carnatic Percussion Instrumental Syllabus 2024-25: Latest Syllabus PDF

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CBSE Class 12 Carnatic Percussion Instrumental Syllabus 2024-25


A.History and Theory of Indian MusicNo. of periods




An outline knowledge of following Lakshana Granthas with special reference to Tala and percussion in Chaturdandi Prakashika, Sangita Ratnakara, Ragavibhodha, Svaramela Kalanidhi2
iiShort life sketch and contributions of the following luminaries: Needamangalam Meenakshi Sundaram Pillai, Tanjore Vaidyanatha Iyer, Palghat Mani Iyer, Umaiyalpuram KodandaRamaiyer,


Palani Subramania Pillai, VilvadriIyer.

iiiStudy of the musical forms, Pallavi, Sollukattu, Tillana, Padamand Javali08
IIDefinition and explanation of the following: Arudi, Eduppu, Gati-bheda, Anuloma, Pratiloma, Tisram, Trikalam, Theka, Shadangas, Talas.08
IIIThe candidates should have an outline knowledge of the classification of Percussion instruments in general and a brief history of the instrument optedfor5
IVTechnical Terms: Vilamba, Madhya, Druta, Atitam, Anagatam, Pharan, Kalapramanam, Ghumki, Konnakkol, Choru, Varu, Toppi06
VThe 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 Periods40

Exam Format

Sr. No.TopicsMarks
IMCQ covering the whole syllabus6 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 opted6 Marks
(iii)Explanation of construction & playing technique of other


percussion instruments

III (i)Life sketch and contribution of composers3 Marks
(ii)Lakshana Granthas3 Marks
IV (i)Definition6 Marks
(ii)Musical forms (Topic 2 & 4) 
 Total Marks30 marks


B.Practical ActivitiesNo of



I.Ability to construct Mohra and Korvai to Khanda jati Ataalam and Triputa tala.25
II.An exhibition of accompanying ability25
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 Periods100

Topics for 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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