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Lesson 9 A: Kahervā Tāla Prakārs 1 and 2

 

Prakārs are variations of the theka. Most of the time, the prakār will sound like the theka by adjusting or adding extra bols. In some cases, it will sound different from the theka. Just as many mridanga players exist in the world, there are an unlimited number of prakārs. Each tāla will present a few prakārs after teaching the main theka lesson.

 

Prakār lessons are shown as the lesson number followed by a letter. The prakārs shown here are mainly bhajan style, although some can be used in kirtans too. Prakār form “A” is usually the easiest. As it goes through the alphabet, it will be a little more challenging and more refined.

 

We will only present five kahervā prakārs in this lesson.

 

PRAKĀR 1:

 

X

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

dhā

ti

ti

dhin

dhin

dhā

 

This prakār will remind you of tīntāl. If you examine the dāyan side alone, you will see that the dāyan bols are “tā ti ti tā” which is the same dāyan bols for tīntāl.

 

This following clip is kahervā tāla prakār 1.

 

 

This next clip is kahervā tāla prakār 1 played with kartals to show kartal accompaniment.

 

 

PRAKĀR 2:

 

X

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

gha

 

ti

 

ga

dhin

 

 

This is one of the simplest prakārs of kahervā tāla. The key thing about this tāla is that you have two PAUSE bols in this cycle. You could read this as “gha PAUSE ti Tā PAUSE gha dhin nā.” Timing is VERY important when it comes to PAUSE. Remember that this is an eight beat cycle. The two PAUSE bols serves as two matras. Eliminating these will form a six beat cycle, which is NOT kahervā.

 

Listen to the next two clips. The first is the rhythm on mridanga only, and the second clip is Prakār 2 is with kartāls.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ACCOMPANIMENT PRACTICE:

 

Here are two kirtans that you can practice Prakārs 1 and 2 with. The first clip is Hari Haraye Namah Krsna Yadavaya Namah. The second clip is Hare Krishna mahamantra with the tune that is typically used with the tulasī pūjā.

 

 

 

 

 

VIDEOS:

·VIDEO CLIP 9 A – 1: Prakār 1

·VIDEO CLIP 9 A – 2: Prakār 2

 

UPDATED: October 11, 2017