I am interested in learning the guitar and have recently purchased an Ibanez cutaway steel string accoustic. I can play a few notes and a few chords but that's where it ends. I have been following the threads out here for a while and see quite a few knowledgeable guys and gals in the sphere of Carnatic Classical music. I am inclined towards learning how to play carnatic music on the guitar and have been listening to carnatic music all my life. I must confess I have no formal knowledge and education and cannot identify / differentiate between ragas! The question I have for the learned people out here is - how do I get started on the path of gaining this knowledge? I know that it's going to take a lifetime to do it (!) and am quite interested in pursuing it. Please suggest any books /reference material / online references that I can use to get started. Many thanks for your help in advance!