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Tamil Culture Fine Arts Academy Germany

graduating in carnatic arts, since 2017

At 'Tamil Culture Fine Arts Academy Germany', based in Essen-Ruhr, carnatic musicians and dancers from within Germany are trained within an 8 year practical and theoretical program with an officially approved graduation in the carnatic music-system. Workshops and concerts by top international artists take place there regularly. Guests come from all over Germany, Denmark, France and England. 'TCFA' is networking with academies in neighboring countries, as well as with (south-) indian / srilankan artists and institutes. At its highly professional events, f.ex. at graduation ceremonies, hundreds of visitors take place.

During the traditional mridangam/konnakol lessons, the carnatic percussion-student will have to learn and memorize the rhythmic-system with its talas (35 different time-signatures as basis (from 3 beats up to 29 beats per bar)) and the konnakol-phrases: Young students, even very young children were introduced in bar-durations like 3, 5, 7, 9, (and more) in a complex, but natural multisensory way. Later the same with Triplets, Quintuplets, Septuplets.

Founded in 2017, 'Tamil Culture Fine Arts Academy Germany' supports as an excellent basis the work of 'Netzwerk-Konnakol', which was initiated by Johannes Winkler (artist. composer. researcher) and Anushaant Nayinai Wijayan (master of mridangam. co-founder of TCFA Germany) in 2018. An authentic, unique environment of the complex carnatic culture and the rare chance to learn and research with the indian experts and their outstanding skills of handling complex musical rhythm - just in 'front of your german housedoor' in so called 'Ruhrpott NRW'. 'Netzwerk-Konnakol' has modified this original southindian didact-system and has developed some academic and practical approaches for western musicians, composers - supported by the recent worldwide increased interest and research in advanced southindian-rhythm techniques (i.e. BC Manjunath, Somashekar Jois, Rafael Reina's Dissertation, Henrik Andersen and more)

Tamil Culture Fine Arts Academy Germany
based in Essen-Ruhr