IRC India

January 9 through 16, 2023

The IRC India is a musical and cultural trip to South India for continued rhythmical and musical study at the source of Carnatic music. The 8 day course will take place in three different beautiful locations (Bangalore, Mysore and Hampi) with a program of classes and visits to concerts and cultural sites. For those who are up for it, we will prepare several pieces to be performed on a fusion musical concert.

This is an opportunity to experience authentic Carnatic music and Indian culture in a carefully organized program where all the logistics are taken care of.


The course is led by Ned McGowanB.C. Manjunath and Dr. Mysore Manjunath in collaboration with Dr. Suma Sudhindra and the Indian Music Experience. 


For more info: write to Ned McGowan.

Carnatic Music

The Carnatic system of rhythm with its practical approach to complexities, forms the International Rhythm Course's (IRC) basic method for both a foundation and a structured exploration of rhythm in music. The IRC teaches the traditional approach to rhythm from the Carnatic perspective and places it both theoretically and practically next to Western methods. B.C. Manjunath will teach the basics of proper Konnakkol syllables and pronunciation, and the rhythmical approach of his pieces take a prominent role in the course materials.

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For whom is the IRC India?

The Course is designed for professionals, college-level students, and experienced amateurs. A high rhythmic proficiency level is not necessary, as theory, exercises and homework are given in a way that the participants can choose their appropriate difficulty. Performers of all instruments and composers are welcome regardless of style (i.e. Classical, improvised or non-Western musics). Existing ensembles and bands are welcome to apply as a group, as well as other rhythmical art forms (dance, rap, etc...) . If there are any doubts or questions about qualifications, just write for more information.