Varnams – The Pillars of Abhyasa Ganams
Varnams are scholarly compositions belonging to Abhyasa-Ganam Cat-
egory. They are like the pillars amongst Abhyasa Ganas.
In learning music, Varnams are the foundations of Ragams and Gamakams.
Students should learn Varnams very carefully and thoroughly because
they learn about gamakas from here only. If a student fails to properly
understand and master gamakas, which are the essense of Ragas, it’ll
set a very wrong foundation that’ll affect the student’s entire progress