Recent Articles

Tala Player

Sep 22, 2018  

A built-in tala player is now available for documents with audio tracks.

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A logo for Patantara

Jan 28, 2018  

I’ve been exploring some ways to provide online teaching/learning aids for Carnatic music via the Patantara site. It is about time I captured some of the principles that we would like to stand by in a recognizable logo. While the finesse of the logo hasn’t been executed yet, here is a shape that has stuck with me for some time now.

Let me know what you think in the comments.

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Collections

Jan 11, 2018  

Patantara supports a notion of “collections” to help teachers maintain access permissions for a set of documents they give access to their students. This post describes how to use them.

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Easing notation creation using substitutions

Jan 2, 2018  

For most compositions, the “svarasthana” notation which uses the letter SrRgGmMPdDnN for the 12 svara sthanas serves pretty well. For ragas which treat R as “ga”, for example, this doesn’t work as it creates a difference between how the svara is written and how it is sung. This also creates difficulties with typing out svaras where you know the raga isn’t going to change.

The “substitutions” feature in the Patantara editor helps with these situations and this post is about how to use it.

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Authoring documents with audio tracks

Dec 30, 2017  

In the previous post, we saw how to use a document that has audio tracks assigned to notation lines. In this post, we’re going to see how to go about creating such a document. Sticking with tradition, we’ll use examples from Gaṇarājēna Rakṣitōham for illustration.

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Documents with audio tracks

Dec 30, 2017  

The ability to have audio tracks integrated with music notation would be of great use to students of Carnatic music. Towards that, we’ve now added support for anyone adding documents to Patantara to also attach audio recordings to the notation lines. We’ve also added a couple of commonly used and requested tools to aid learning and practice that’s integrated right into the notation documents published on Patantara.

In this post we first show you how to use a document which has audio tracks associated with notation lines. In the next post, we will describe for authors how to create such documents.

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Controlling who can view/edit your document

Apr 16, 2017  

Earlier, we wrote about the preamble, using which you can change the file name of a document by which it is catalogued. We’d mentioned that the document preamble is intended for more controls on the document being available in a versioned manner. In this post, we introduce how you can control who can view/edit your document.

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Changing a document's name

Mar 29, 2017  

So far, the names of patantara documents were fixed at creation time. This has proved to be disadvantageous especially given that when a new document is needed, many users are using the “copy” function to copy an existing starter document, which ends up having the same name as the original.

As of this post, patantara supports changing the catalog name of a document for the convenience of users.

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Why you should not use Microsoft Word for music notation

Dec 25, 2016  

Many music notation publication sites provide notation in the form of Microsoft Word “doc” or “docx” files. There are many reasons to avoid using MSWord for notation of Indian classical music. I will try to list down a few here and while on the topic argue why the approach taken by Patantara is much more enduring.

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New email-based signin process

Dec 25, 2016  

Patantara had thus far used Mozilla Persona for signing in users for editing documents. Since Mozilla retired the Persona service this month, a new email-based signin mechanism is now in place. Our hope is that this will be easier to use for our less technically inclined users.

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