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Can a non-Carnatic musician learn to play Carnatic music authentically in only one hour?
Gamaka Box allows musicians new to the Carnatic tradition to learn how to play the music authentically in a fraction of the practice time which it has previously required. Ramesh Vinayakam has demonstrated how a Western musician with no previous knowledge, could, by means of Gamaka Box, sing or play a raga correctly only after a short time. While reading from the notation, professional Western classically trained musicians have gained an ability to render raga phrases in an authentic manner quickly, and, with practice, were even able to do the unimaginable: sight-read specific ragas correctly with little or no foreknowledge of that raga.

"Two different styles of arohana-avarohana scales in Kamboji..."
This is Dr. Jeremy Woodruff playing the Kambhoji raga according to two different players using Gamaka Box after only after two days of familiarity with the system:

   

 

"It sounds like the raga that we know..."
This is Matt Bacon, San Francisco guitarist, currently based in Chennai, in his 3rd session with the notation:

   

"Hindolam is the name of the ragam..."
This is Professor Sebastian Gramss playing gamakam after only an hour of tuition at the Goethe Institute Chennai, Max Mueller Bhavan:

   


"Nobody takes on Todi only in the second class..."
Alice Barron, London violinist working with Ramesh to play the gamakas of the Todi ragam, usually reserved for advanced Carnatic students, in the first hours of her tuition. Notice that the examples are realized only from the paper and not from aural rote:

   

 

Testimonials
Gamaka Box has won accolades among many foremost Carnatic artists, musicologists and rasikas at the Madras Music Academy in 2011, Kalakshetra in 2012, Madras University in 2013, as well as in several private concerts. Read selected excerpts from their testimonies:

“...allows the gamakas to be visually represented in a very detailed manner, much like Western staff notation. I think it is ideal for documenting and preserving time- tested versions of great compositions handed down in the oral tradition from guru to shishya. It will also enable students from other cultures to assimilate South Indian music more easily. I wish him all the best in his efforts and great success in his path-breaking experiments.”

Geetha Raja, Renowned vocalist

“A few pilot sessions of making students render music using the aid of the gamaka box have been remarkable success. Mr.Ramesh Vinayakam...(will) get opportunities to experiment his pedagogic tool with students drawn from other regions and cultures.”

Dr. N Ramanathan, Professor and Head at the Madras University Department of Indian Music, Emeritus

“Ramesh Vinayakam a very dynamic musician and an innovative composer...This innovative, out of the box thinking of the Gamaka Box, appealed to many. I am sure with his research oriented thinking, analysis and innovations Sri Ramesh Vinayakam has a great future as a musicologist.”

Dr. Pappu Venugopala Rao, Secretary of the Madras Music Academy

"...I met Dr. Jeremy Woodruff on 29th August 2014 at my place. Gamaka Box deals with notating the highly complex ornaments called ‘Gamakas’ with precision, which is present only in South Indian Classical music. Jeremy played on his Bamboo Flute, all the variations of Sarali Varisai notated by Ramesh. It was fascinating to listen to Jeremy executing so many varieties of Gamakas one after the other as it would be played by a seasoned Carnatic Flautist! Earlier, I have witnessed some of Ramesh’s such experiments and I was awe-struck with the way the Gamaka Box did the magic of guiding the reader to the absolute and authentic execution of the Gamakas which was written on paper!"

“...there will be a time when Compositions of Great South Indian Composers will be performed all over the world by eminent musicians and conductors along with the repertoire of Western Classical Music. To see my dream come true, It is high time that Ramesh Vinayakam gets helped by prominent and influential individuals, Music Conservatories, Universities and other organizations both in India and abroad; I strongly believe that Gamaka Box will serve as the greatest tool for learning and inculcating more Interest in South Indian Classical Music among non-Indian Musicians!"

V. S. Narasimhan, founder of the Madras String Quartet