Here is a great resource if you are looking to explore the basics of carnatic music : A Karnatic Music Primer
Via my mom (Radha Sriraman)
Om Sri Gurubhyo Namaha.
This booklet is aimed at music lovers everywhere who wish to learn a little bit about the basic theory of Carnatic music. There are a large number of books on many aspects of Carnatic music but I have found most of them to be of an advanced nature - they have lots of good information but it is extremely difficult for a novice to start learning about music using them. Once the basics are mastered, these books provide enormous scope for intellectual enrichment. This opinion is shared by many of my music loving friends as evidenced by their expressing a need for a simple booklet such as this one. The primary motivation in producing this booklet was to put together the basics in one place so that a beginner can get started off easily. Except for the section on Grahabedam and Symmetries, there is very little new material contained herein. The following books have been consulted to obtain much of the material and interested readers are encouraged to further their knowledge by reading them…