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New Technique for doing Trikalam in Varnams

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New Technique for doing Trikalam in Varnams

Post by vijay.siddharth » 15 May 2017, 19:31

Doing Trikalam in Varnams, as all esteemed members know, is a very attractive, yet strenuous task. I myself, as a student of Carnatic music, have struggled with doing Trikalam for Varnams.

But then, a new technique occurred to me.

Doing Tishram in Varnams involves allocating 3/6 aksharams per kriya. What if, the first half of the Talam cycle is rendered in 1st kalam, and the 2nd half in second kalam?

Doing tishram the conventional way will see a total of 24 aksharams per talam cycle (3x8=24). However, doing tishram my way means that the total number of aksharams also remains 24 (2x4+4x4=8+16=24).

Moreover, one of the normal challenges of doing tishram is the necessity of having to repeat the mukhyathi swarams a couple times to come back to salaam. This is an especial problem in the Saveri and Hamsadhwani varnams. However, using my technique, this problem, and the unattractive solution, is eliminated! Samam is returned to in every third avarthanam, and thus, the excess spillage is avoided. This method is also very easy, and is very attractive, grabbing the audience by the collar!

I will post a recording when I have the time.

Please let me know what you think!

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Re: New Technique for doing Trikalam in Varnams

Post by SrinathK » 17 May 2017, 19:26

You are going to try something similar to this?

In principle, this is similar to playing tisram at double speed in Mishra chaapu to get 21 strokes per avartanam which PMI pioneered.

If you do this in tisram, you can do the pallavi / anupallavi / chittaswaram in 3 cycles as you said. The time taken will be (relatively speaking) : 2+1+2+1+2+1 = 9 times the duration of the 1st 16 swaras. So the same thing will also work for sankeernam and you can do it in one avartanam.

However for tisram 2nd speed, you can sing normally at constant speed and it will take only 1+1+1 = 3x the time.

I also believe that in khandam, you would have to sing the chittaswaram alone at 2x speed to get it done in 5. Time taken : 2+2+1 = 5x

For mishram it gets even more tricky, you will sing the first half of the the pallavi in one speed and then the rest all in double speed to get it done in 2+1+1+1+1+1 = 7x.

A simpler and smarter option for mishram would be to sing the pallavi in one speed, the anupallavi at 2x speed and the chittaswaram at 4x speed, allowing you to finish in 4 + 2 + 1 = 7x the duration. You would have ended up rendering the 1st half of the varnam in 3 degrees of speed.

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