Welcome to Geography as Melody — an exploration of geography’s connections with pilgrimage, sacred places, and compositions in classical karnātaka music (the southern Indian style of Indian classical music also called Carnatic music) by one of its most illustrious composers, Śrī Muttusvāmi Dīkshitar (1775–1835)!

We built this site primarily for high school students. However, many others might also enjoy the site.

We hope you will explore this site with great curiosity and learn many things.

Here are a few notes to help make your exploration enjoyable and interesting:

  • The site has a set of units numbered consecutively. We have tried to take you from a basic understanding to increasingly complex understanding of the topic — exploring the connections between geography and sacredness through Karnātaka sangītam (also called Carnatic music).
  • We recommend that you follow the sequence of the units (1) through (9).
  • In the essays posted in each unit, you will find many links. Most of these are links to the sources where we got our information.
    • This method is called secondary research, where we derive information from other sources.
    • If we had conducted the original research ourselves and presented it here, then that would be called primary research.
    • If you are curious to know more about various topics in this project, follow those links.
    • Providing proper credit to sources of information is called citation. It’s a very important part of research. We have tried to follow this as strictly as possible in this project.
  • Every essay also has a section titled Explore!  This has suggestions of activities you can do to learn more about topics relating to this project.  Please do try to do these activities.
  • Of course, be sure to share your findings, thoughts, questions, etc. in the comments area below each essay.  Please do include a part of your name (not full name), and the standard (grade) you are in.

We hope your exploration is both enjoyable and informative!

Featured image:  Śrī Muttusvāmi Dīkshitar postage stamp (1976).  [Source:  | Accessed on 2 May 2022]


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