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Lesson 10 A: Prabhupāda/Dasapahira Prakārs 1 and 2

 

Like any rhythmic cycle, there are many variations based off of the theka. Prabhupada tāla is certainly no exception. While there are many prakārs of this rhythmic cycle, there will be four shown here. Prakārs 1 and 2 (Lesson 10 A) are not too difficult. Prakārs 3 and 4 (Lesson 10 B) are a little more involved.

 

 

PRAKĀR 1:

 

The bols for Prakār 1 is as follows:

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

2

 

 

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

13

14

15

16

gha

 

ti

ra

ti

ra

ti

ra

ti

ki

ti

ka

ti

ghe

dhā

dhin

dhā

dhin

dhā

 

The construction of this prakār is very much similar to the theka. There are three major differences.

 

DIFFERENCE ONE:

This prakār starts with “gha” instead of “dhā.”

 

DIFFERENCE TWO:

Matra 5 has “ra ti” instead of “tā”

 

DIFFERENCE THREE:

Matras 9 through the start of 12 are different in bols and timing.

 

-      In the theka, the bols are: ki tiki tāghe.

-      In this prakār, the bols  are: kiti tāka tighe

 

Listen to the audio clip below. The first clip is without kartals, while the second clip is with kartals.

 

 

 

PRAKĀR 2:

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

2

 

 

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

13

14

15

16

dhā

 

gin

ti

ra

ti

ra

ti

ki

 

ka

ti

ghe

dhā

dhin

dhā

dhin

dhā

 

Compared to Prakār 1, this has a few tricky parts. Bols 2 and 10 start off with a space. Halfway through the beat, a bol is played. Halfway through mātrā 2, gin is played on the baya. Halfway through mātrā 10, ka is played. Because of the unusual timing of mātrā 2 and 10, this prakār is known as an off-beat prakār, because “gin” and “ka” are not played at the start of 2 and 10, respectively.

 

Apart from some differences from Prakār 1, it’s very similar. The key thing about this Prakār is the off-beat nature.

 

Because “gin” in this curriculum is an optional bol, you may either play “gha” in place of this, or completely omit the bol altogether. The audio clips will include gin, but the video clip will have all three varieties of this prakār.

 

Listen to the audio clip below. The first clip is without kartals, while the second clip is with kartals.

 

 

 

ACCOMPANIMENT PRACTICE:

 

It’s good to get practice with these rhythmic cycles, as these are merely varieties of Prabhupāda tāla. The first clip is the Hare Krishna mahāmantra with mridanga played along. Use your mridanga to play along with either of the two prakārs or make difference combinations.

 

 

The second clip is the pranati kirtana, which contains the melodies for the Prabhupāda pranām prayers, Pańca Tattva mahāmantra, and the Hare Krishna mahāmantra. Play prakār 1 with this rhythmic cycle to this melody.

 

 

 

Finally, the last accompaniment exercise is the melody of select verses of the bhajan written by Śrīla Prabhupāda: Krsna Tava Punya Habe Bhai. Use combinations of both prakārs to accompany this bhajan.

 

VIDEOS:

 

·VIDEO CLIP 10 A – 1: Prabhupada Tāla Prakār 1

·VIDEO CLIP 10 A – 2: Prabhupada Tāla Prakār 2

 

UPDATED: October 14, 2017