About Haathi Carnatic Editor

Haathi Carnatic Editor is a revolutionary and modern notation editor that runs on Microsoft Windows© and is specifically designed for notating Carnatic music (and will soon support notating Hindustani music). It allows for the creation of publish quality aesthetically pleasing notation documents in print form or PDF form. It includes many innovative features such as custom Carnatic fonts, automatic tabbing, support for special diacritic characters, automatic octave detection, audio rendering and background media playing that allow you to create beautiful notation documents 200-300% faster than using tools like Microsoft Word or Excel.

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Haathi Carnatic Reader

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View notation documents
Print notation documents
Create notation documents
Edit notation documents (see many features below)
Play your notation documents
Built-in media player
Free updates for ever
Haathi Carnatic Editor
Monthly Subscription

$4.99 / mo





View notation documents
Print notation documents
Create notation documents
Edit notation documents (see many features below)
Play your notation documents
Built-in media player
Includes license for 1 Windows PC
Free updates for ever (active subscription required)
Haathi Carnatic Editor
Perpetual License

$69.99





View notation documents
Print notation documents
Create notation documents
Edit notation documents (see many features below)
Play your notation documents
Built-in media player
Includes license for 1 Windows PC
Free updates for ever
Haathi Carnatic Editor
Perpetual License (2-pack)

$99.99





View notation documents
Print notation documents
Create notation documents
Edit notation documents (see many features below)
Play your notation documents
Built-in media player
Includes license for 2 Windows PCs
Free updates for ever
Haathi Carnatic Editor
Perpetual License (3-pack)

$129.99





View notation documents
Print notation documents
Create notation documents
Edit notation documents (see many features below)
Play your notation documents
Built-in media player
Includes license for 3 Windows PCs
Free updates for ever

Key Features

Highly productive
You can create Carnatic notation documents 200-300% faster using Haathi Carnatic Editor compared to using Word or Excel as Haathi Carnatic Editor is custom designed specifically for creating publish quality Carnatic music notation documents. See below for more details on advanced editing features like auto-tabbing and auto-octave detection that make it a breeze to create notation documents from scratch.
Shortcuts for commonly used features
Haathi Carnatic Editor is designed with shortcuts for commonly used features. Familiarize yourself with these shortcuts and you will be creating notation documents like a power user!
Easy to use
Haathi Carnatic Editor is extremely easy to learn and use and is used by a wide range of users – from students as young as 7 years old all the way to performing musicians and internationally acclaimed artists.
Designed for everyone
Haathi Carnatic Editor is designed for use by students, parents, teachers, performing professional musicians, and composers.
Supports dozens of talams
Haathi Carnatic Editor comes built-in with many dozens of templates to create notations in various thalams / jaathis / gathis. Have a request for a new thalam or rhythmic structure or a new layout? No problem! Just contact us via the contact page on this website and make your request, and we usually turn around new templates or layouts within a few days.

Custom designed Carnatic fonts
Haathi Carnatic Editor comes built-in 6 custom designed Carnatic fonts which support notes / swaras with dots above or below covering 3 octaves (e.g: Ṣ Ṛ G̣ Ṡ Ṙ Ġ) diacritic characters (e.g: ã õ ẽ ḍ ṇ ḳ) and other special Carnatic characters (e.g. double vertical line ‖ to denote end of avarthanam). You can set the font at the document level and this guarantees the entire document will be rendered using the same Carnatic font.

Subscript notes/swaras
Haathi Carnatic Editor lets you specify which exact note is being used precisely with support for subscripts on the swaras to easily call out anya swarams and vishesha prayogams. This allows you to explicitly notate foreign notes that are not found in the parent raga, such as G3 in Anandhabhairavi ragam or D2 in Bhairavi ragam. See this screenshot for an example of subscripted swaras in the notation document. This particular screenshot shows subscripts for both D1 and D2, but you could just as easily choose to notate D1 as just D instead since D1 is the natural note for Bhairavi ragam which is the child of the 20th melakartha raga Natabhairavi.

Create publish quality notations
Haathi Carnatic Editor enables you to create beautiful looking aesthetically pleasing publish-quality notation documents. You can precisely control font name/size and margin size to ensure that a large collection of documents you intend to publish as a single book all have the exact same font, size, and print margin. You can also choose Portrait vs. Landscape layout on a per notation basis. You can also print-preview your documents before printing them or saving them to PDF format or exporting them as image files.

Easily share notations via email, social media, etc.
Your notation document can be exported in image format (each page will get exported as a separate JPEG file) or in PDF format to easily share your notation document on apps like Messenger and WhatsApp, or to share on social media sites like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter,

Auto-tabbing
Haathi Carnatic Editor comes with auto-tabbing support. No need to type individual notes and keep pressing TAB to go to the next cell in the grid. With auto-tabbing (which can be turned off when not desired), Haathi Carnatic Editor will automatically tab you to the next cell after you type a note / swara into the current note cell. This saves an immense amount of time compared to using standard word processing or spreadsheet programs. And don’t worry, yes, you can type multiple notes / swaras into a single cell (more on that below!)
Automatic octave detection
Haathi Carnatic Editor automatically detects what octave the notes / swaras you type are likely in. For instance, if you type P D N S R, Haathi Carnatic Editor will automatically put the dots above S and R and what you typed will become P D N Ṡ Ṙ. 95% of the time Haathi Carnatic Editor will guess the octave of your note / swara correctly. Don’t worry, if it gets it wrong, you can correct the octave with a single click. This automatic octave detection makes creating notation documents in Haathi Carnatic Editor a breeze!
Built-in support for 2nd speed and 3rd speed
Haathi Carnatic Editor allows you to notate notes / swaras as well as sangathis in 2nd speed (with an underline, such as SR) as well as 3rd speed (with a double underline, such as in SRGR).
1-click to duplicate sangathis
In Carnatic music, each sangathi in the song usually builds upon the previous sangathi. For instance, sangathi 2 will build on sangathi 1, sangathi 3 will build on sangathi 2, and so on. Haathi Carnatic Editor allows you to duplicate a sangathi with a single click. Just write the notation for sangathi 1, then click the “Duplicate” button, and make a few changes to it, and voila! you’re done with sangathi 2. Now click the “Duplicate” button again, and make a few changes, and voila! you’re done with sangathi 3, and so on.

Easy sangathi differentiation
Given that in Carnatic music, each sangathi in the song usually builds upon the previous sangathi, Haathi Carnatic Editor lets you easily color the differences between two sangathis with a different color so that the differences visually stand out to the reader or student. This makes it easier for the student to grasp, internalize, and memorize the the differences between sangathis.

Easily add X karvais
Some times in a notation document you need to insert many karvais to represent sustaining a note for multiple maatras (which are represented as cells in the notation document). For instance the Mohanam varnam starts with the notes “G , G , R , , ,” where R is 4 maatraas long and is represented by R followed by 3 commas. In Haathi Carnatic Editor you can just type R followed by the digit 4, and it will automatically expand to “R , , ,”. Likewise if you type R followed by 8, it will automatically expand to “R , , , , , , ,”. The digit you type for expansion can be anywhere from 2 to 9. This feature saves a lot of time for notating slow songs that have a lot of kaarvais / sustained notes. See screenshot.
Easily add or subtract karvais
If you regularly notate documents, you know one thing that happens from time to time is that you’ll get to the end of a particular line / avarthanam, and you’ll notice that you’re 1 or 2 maatras short or long. That’s because somewhere before in that line you either didn’t put commas where they should exist, or you put more commas than should exist. When this happens in Haathi Carnatic Editor, you can just go to the spot in the document where you need to insert commas and right click and choose the option to “Shift notation to the right” and add a comma there. The rest of the notation document will re-flow naturally, something you can never expect to do in a tool like Word or Excel. Likewise there is a feature to “Shift notation to the left” if you’ve accidentally inserted too many commas in some spot and need to remove some of them and shift everything leftwards. This saves many minutes of rework compared to using standard tools like word processors or spreadsheets.
Support for Undo & Redo
Like any modern editing or design application, Haathi Carnatic Editor supports Undo/Redo functionality to easily let you correct your mistakes and make editing as intuitive as all other common applications you use.
Support for percussion notations
You can notate percussion rhythm in any thalam for instruments like mridangam, ghatam, kanjira, and morsing. You can also notate vocal percussion such as konnakkol, dance jathis, and general sollu in any thalam/jathi/gathi.
Support for automatic text expansion shortcuts
This is especially useful for percussion notations where certain percussive patterns occur repeatedly in different parts of the notation document. You can define your own percussion phrases and you can assign your own shortcuts to them. For instance, you could type the shortcut T8 and it will automatically expand to the 8 maatraas “tha ka tha ri ki ta tha ka”. Likewise you could define the shortcut K4 to expand to “ki ta tha ka”. Shortcuts themselves can be single keys or multiple keys. For example the single key shortcut L can could be setup to expand to the 16 maatras “tha laang – ka thom – ka – tha laang – ka thom – – -“. This saves an immese amount of time for percussion (mridangam, ghatam, kanjira, morsing) teachers and dance teachers who notate their jathis.
Easily notate from audio or video
Often students are notating from audio or video files recorded in class or downloaded from the Internet. Now you can use the built-in media player in Haathi Carnatic Editor to play your audio/video file so that you can easily notate your document without having to switch to another media player application. Further, you can even mark A/B spots in the media file and loop between those positions so that you can keep listening to a particular sangathi again and again allowing you to perfectly notate it perfectly in detail.
Play your notation document back as audio
Write your notation document and click the Play button to hear your song! You can also choose your pitch / shruthi and the instrument (Sitar, violin, etc.) you’d like to use to render the audio. You can precisely control the speed of audio rendition as well from 20 beats per minute to 600 beats per minute. Works great for songs and ragams that don’t heavily use gamakas. It’s like playing the song on a piano – so will sound great for ragams like Mohanam, Sankarabharanam, Hamsadwani, etc., but not so great for gamaka heavy ragams like Thodi and Bhairavi.
Compose your own songs
Advanced students and musicians can use Haathi Carnatic Editor to compose their songs. The built-in audio player can even help you as a composer have a general idea of how the song will sound allowing you to easily iterate in your composing effort. As mentioned earlier, the audio-play feature will sound like playing the song on a piano (which is still useful) and does not yet support rendering audio/sound effects for gamakas.
Compose your own swara patterns and practice them to perfection
Create your own swara practice patterns in various ragams and thalams/jaathis/gathis. Then play the swara practice patterns using the built-in audio-rendering feature and practice your vocal music or instrumental music by singing or playing along to the rendered audio. You can even choose the speed of the song (from 20 beats per minute to 600 beats per minute) and choose the pitch/shruthi for the audio rendering to match your vocal pitch or your instrument’s pitch.
Preserve your paadaanthram
You may be learning a particular song (as a student) or teaching a particular song (as a teacher), and you may find many notations for that song on the Internet, but likely none of them match exactly your paadaanthram. Using Haathi Carnatic Editor you can create notation music documents for exactly your paadaanthram and preserve the unique beauty in your musical lineage and pass this on to future generations of students. Haathi Software will soon be building a library of notation documents that let you easily download a “standard” or “typical” notation of a particular song so that you can quickly edit it as needed to match your paadaanthram. If you’re interested in sharing your notation documents for community use, please contact us via the contact page and we’ll be happy to post your notation documents on this website for everyone to easily access, download, view, modify and print. You can make this website a one stop shop for all your students to download notation documents in your particular paadaanthram or school.
Notate and practice characteristic phrases for ragams
You can use Haathi Carnatic Editor to notate characteristic phrases for ragams. This helps students master the basics of a raga very fast, and the built-in audio rendering feature helps students practice the characteristic phrases.
Notate and practice Kalpana swarams
You can use Haathi Carnatic Editor to notate kalpana swarams for songs as a way of teaching them to beginning manodharma students, and as a way for those students to explore new kalpana swarams themselves. Additionally, beyond notation capabilities, the built-in audio rendering feature helps students listen to the kalpana swarams, practice them along with the computer generated audio, and helps them get the beats/landing for the kalpana swarams correctly. You can also use the software to notate many rounds of kalpana swarams for notation purposes, teaching purposes, and repeated practice purposes.
Notate and practice Neraval
You can use Haathi Carnatic Editor to notate neraval for songs as a way of teaching them to beginning manodharma students, and as a way for those students to explore new neraval rounds themselves. Additionally, beyond notation capabilities, the built-in audio rendering feature helps students listen to the swara-rendition of the neraval, practice them along with the computer generated audio, and helps them get the beats/landing for the neraval correctly. You can also use the software to notate many rounds of neraval for notation purposes, teaching purposes, and repeated practice purposes.
Keep updating your notation as you get more advanced
It is fairly normal for a student to learn a song from the guru, and in the future once the student has mastered the basics of the song, the guru will often teach additional variations that could be rendered in a concert, special endings or touches, etc. As an advanced student, you can use Haathi Carnatic Editor to easily edit and update your notation documents as your guru teaches you new variations, special touches, unique endings, etc. Notate these so that you don’t forget them!
Easy to try the software
Haathi Carnatic Editor now supports a subscription license for a low $4.99 monthly fee. For less than the cost of a meal you can now try out all the features of Haathi Carnatic Editor for a month. Cancel anytime. Like it? Just continue the subscription, or cancel the subscription and buy a one time perpetual license.

What’s new with Haathi Carnatic Editor


Haathi Carnatic Editor Version 3.0 just recently released! Check out all the new features
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If you have any ideas or suggestions for new features, please do contact us! You can also use the contact form to report any bugs or to request any support or help on using the product(s).

What’s new with Haathi Carnatic Editor

Screenshots

Let’s take a quick look at what the application looks like:

Now let’s take a look at how beautiful the document would look when printed (shown below in print preview mode):

You can get a good idea of the functionality in the application by seeing a quick description of all the buttons on the toolbar:

If you’re curious to see how the application works, check out some of the videos at the bottom of this page!


Haathi Carnatic Editor Version 2.0 just recently released! Check out all the new features
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$69.99 Haathi Carnatic Editor (Perpetual license for 1 Windows machine)

The perpetual license means you can use this software for ever on the Windows machine where you installed the license.  The license does not expire.  And you get FREE access to all future updates!





$99.99 Haathi Carnatic Editor (Perpetual license for 2 Windows machines)

Purchasing two licenses represents almost 30% discount compared to buying a single license. The perpetual license means you can use this software for ever on the Windows machine(s) where you installed the license.  The license does not expire.  And you get FREE access to all future updates!





$129.99 Haathi Carnatic Editor (Perpetual license for 3 Windows machines)

Purchasing three licenses represents almost 40% discount compared to buying a single license. The perpetual license means you can use this software for ever on the Windows machine(s) where you installed the license.  The license does not expire.  And you get FREE access to all future updates!





$4.99 per month Haathi Carnatic Editor (Monthly Subscription License for 1 Windows machine)

With a subscription license, you pay a small monthly fee and you will have be able to use the latest version of Haathi Carnatic Editor on the Windows machine where you installed the subscription license. The software will work as long as you maintain an active subscription. And you get FREE access to all future updates as long as you maintain an active subscription!




Haathi Carnatic Editor F.A.Q.

We encourage you to check out the Haathi Carnatic Editor F.A.Q as we may already have answered any questions you may have. After reading the Haathi Carnatic Editor F.A.Q, if you still have any questions, please do contact us!

Reviews / Feedback on the Haathi Carnatic Editor



Shri N. Ravikiran (2017)


Shri N. Ravikiran (2014)


Shri Thiagarajan Ramani


Shri Neyveli Santhanagopalan


Shri R. Suryaprakash


Shri Trichy Sankaran


Bhargavi ji


Shri Guruvayur Dorai


Shri Sikkil Gurucharan


Shri Patri Satish


Shri V Shankaranarayanan


Author Smt Saroja Raman

Reviews / Feedback on the Auto Octave Feature



Shri Chitravina N. Ravikiran


Bhargavi ji

Reviews / Feedback on the importance of writing notations



Shri N. Ravikiran (2017)


Shri N. Ravikiran (2014)


Shri R. Suryaprakash


Shri Trichy Sankaran


Shri Sikkil Gurucharan


Shri V Shankaranarayanan

Videos showing Haathi Carnatic Editor in action!



Notating Dhattu Varisaigal


Notating Mohanam Varnam


Notating Kritis