LIGHT MUSIC

 

Light music can be defined as the simple and commercial musical form irrespective of whether it belongs to filmy or non filmy music. To make it simpler, anything pleasant to hear (Ranjaka) and suiting the occasion is accepted. It doesn’t impose strict rules that are applied for classical music. As the name suggests, light music is always sung light without any depth in singing. Mostly the sound emerges from the throat. However in carnatic, the sound emanates from the umbilical cord (Naabhi) and travels through the chest then to the throat. It is not compulsory that a student should have knowledge in classical music to attempt or learn light music. But people who are trained in classical have an edge over those who sing only light, especially in voice culture, knowledge, identifying swaras, and other technical aspects. They can adapt to light with ease.

Characteristics of the Light Music genre can be summarized as follows:

• A strong melody--whether "catchy" in its simplicity, or otherwise "memorable" in nature.
• Contains an admixture of elements which have become associated over time.
• No pretense of “serious composition” such as found with classical music and no long sections   of improvisation.

Ilaiyaraaja, the living legend has made enormous contribution towards Indian light music. He is regarded as one of the finest music composers in India. He has composed over 4500 songs and provided film scores for more than 950 Indian films in various languages in a career spanning more than 30 years. He composed a variety of non-film music, including religious and devotional songs, an oratorio, and world music . He is usually referred to by the title “Isaignani”( A man with great knowledge in music), or as The Maestro.

SS trains students for both filmy and non filmy categories. Apart from that, our training includes traditional and scientific methods to improve the quality of voice. The voice has to be trained according to the style and type of singing one chooses, e.g. classical, light, pop, semi-classical, etc. This is because each type of music demands a different style of voice production. The male and female built up differs. So, the training style will also differ and that’s what we train here at SS.