‘Self-learning’ a Karnatak Composition – Thenuga Thevapalan (Denmark)

Posted by on Sep 6, 2017 in Music Forum, Uncategorized |

Thenuga with Dr. Karaikudi Subramanian I was assigned to self-learn Muttusvami Diksitar’s kriti ‘Ganarajena Raksitoham’ through Patantara (https://patantara.com/ganarajenaraksitoham). Here is my process of learning the kriti. Composer: Sri Muttusvāmi Dīkṣitar Rāgam: Ārabhi Tāḷam: Misra Cāpu Pāt̤āntaram: Dr. Karaikudi S. Subramanian   My audio I mainly used the vina recording to learn the song since it was easier for me to understand and comprehend the gamakas, but I listened to the svara rendition as well as the vocal version to know the lyrics.   My way of approaching the kriti 16/7/17 I learnt the song on the vina. First, I listened to the pallavi a few times, both the vina and vocal version (svara and sahitya). Then, I listened to the first sangati of the first line repeatedly by using the loop-function on Patantara. I tried to reproduce what was being played, but I soon realized that I missed out on important details. I decided to download the audio so that I could listen to the line at a lower tempo on VLC media player. In that way, I obtained a better understanding of the gamakas. Sir’s rule number one is that one should be able to play a line/phrase at least four times without faltering. Thus, I practiced the first sangati repeatedly until I was able to play it without stopping or faltering. After some time, I started to get an overall flow. Subsequently, I played along with the track on Patantara and thereafter, I moved to the next part. I practiced the rest of the pallavi line by line the exact same way as the first sangati in pallavi. Hereafter, I played the entire pallavi along with the recording. I looped the entire pallavi on the audio editing software ‘Wavepad’ and played with the vina recording repeatedly. At last, I practiced the whole pallavi without the recording. I used ‘Tala Keeper’ (http://talakeeper.org/) to keep tempo. I made a recording of my first practice session. I realized that there were many flaws in my playing and I worked on perfecting and refining the first section. I observed the following: First line: I am putting too much force to the first m when playing (S)m P D P (the beginning phrase) Work more on the phraseh R mG R Second line: Pull R slightly back when playing SN DD PP | mP DP | mG RS || I tend to pluck hard at some places. The pluck should be neither too harsh nor too soft. I will work towards a clean, equal and middle-level pluck. I need to work on getting an overall flow  1/8/17 I played the pallavi for Sir. Since I had been learning other compositions in the meantime, I had not put time aside to practice the kriti after that one time. Before playing for Sir, I spent one hour on refreshing the pallavi. During the lesson, he corrected ‘R mG R’ (first line, first sangati). I failed to see the small bend on the second R. In addition, I did not give enough time on m. He approved the rest and told me to move on to the next section. 7/8/17 I practiced the rest of the kriti the exact same way as the pallavi. I took one line at a time and lowered the tempo on ‘Wavepad’ to capture every detail. Number of hours put to learn the sections: Pallavi: 2.5 hours Samashti caranam: 2 hours Madhyamakala sahitya: 1 hour Cittasvara: 1 hour I did not play for Sir right away. Even though I had practiced the entire kriti, I was not satisfied with my...

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‘Self-learning’ a Karnatak Composition – Mathuriga Thevapalan (Denmark)

Posted by on Sep 6, 2017 in Music Forum, Uncategorized |

This is an article about self-learning using a recently developed software through www.patantara.com. My Guru Karaikudi Subramanian sir circulated the kriti Ganarajena Raksitoham in Arabhi ragam amongst his students as a project for us to learn it from our different levels. The kriti is available on Patantara with audio recordings rendered by sir. Click on to the following link to read the article: Mathuriga Thevapalan on ‘self-learning’   Please visit the page below to try out the tool:  https://stage.patantara.com/carnot/w4TCpTcbQ8K_wrfDinwhw7HCh8Kpw4rCkcOlP8O4wq7CnQ     Thenuga-Mathuriga Thevapalan playing Ganarajena Raksitoham on...

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