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Lesson 9 B: Kahervā Tāla Prakārs 3 and 4

 

Here is a continuation of the prakārs for kahervā tāla. This one is a little tougher than the 9 A set. These ones are occasionally used in kirtans, however, they have a greater place in classical bhajans.

 

PRAKĀR 3:

 

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dhā

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ki

ti

ge

dhin

 

This prakār is unique is that mātrā 2 has two bols within one beat. This is the first time we are encountering such a rhythmic cycle. The “ti” and “ra” will not be held for the same amount of time as the role of the bols, since they are half-mātrās. Listen to the clip and notice how Mātrā 2 sounds differently compared to the rest. Practice this cycle by studying the first four mātrās, then practice the second half, and place them together. If played correctly, it’ll remind one of the kahervā prakār.

 

 

 

 

PRAKĀR 4:

 

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dhā

ti

ra

ki

ti

ti

ra

ghi

dhin

 

Prakār 4 sounds very much like Prakār 3 in the four mātrās. However, this is pure symmetrical, since mātrās 5 to 8 have similar bols. Mātrā 2 and now, Mātrā 6 has two bols per beat. Therefore, in both cases, the “ti” and “ra” bols, individually, are half-mātrās.

 

 

Listen to the following clip to hear how Prakar 4 sounds like.

 

 

This is prakar 4 with kartal accompaniment.

 

ACCOMPANIMENT PRACTICE:

 

Now, here is an opportunity to practice. Since these prakārs are typically used for bhajans, two bhajan examples will be used. The first clip is an excerpt of Jaya Jaya Jagannatha Sacira Nandan. The second bhajan is an excerpt of Sri Krsna Caitanya Prabhu Doya Koro More. Use prakārs 3 and 4 to practice.

 

 

 

 

VIDEOS

·VIDEO CLIP 9 B – 1: Prakār 3

·VIDEO CLIP 9 B – 2: Prakār 4

 

UPDATED: October 11, 2017