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Lesson 15 B: Eight Mātrās Cycles in Drut Lay: Prakars 3 and 4

 

This lesson introduces a concept that will be discussed in detail. Up to this point, all of the rhythmic cycles took one cycle to complete what it needed to express. There are instances, however, where you will need more than one cycle to complete what you want to express. They are known as cyclic sets. This lesson examines cyclic sets of Prakar 1 and 2.

 

PRAKAR 3:

 

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dhin

 

dhā

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kat

 

dhā

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dhā

 

 

If you look at the cycle set of Prakar 3, you immediately noticed how you needed two cycles to accomplish the effect you are trying to produce. The reason why you needed two, is because either one by itself could not be played independently in the context of accompaniment. (How to tell which can stay independently and which cannot is beyond the scope of this course. In addition, its almost always an aesthetic reason, rather than math/scientific one).

 

If you heard this cycle, you would immediately notice that it sounds very similar to Prakar 1. Lets examine it closely.

 

For the first cycle, Matra 4 has a dhā as opposed to the closed baya counterpart . Matra 7 has as opposed to the original dhā.

 

For the second cycle, the bol kat is used, instead of its open baya counterpart, dhin. Finally, Matra 4 has dhā as opposed to .

 

So whats the key theme? The key theme is that each vibhag changes baya use. For the first cycle, the first vibhag had more open baya use, the second didnt. For the second cycle, the first vibhag had less open baya use, while the second had more baya use. When played through a fast kirtana, it produces a different feel, even though the rhythm itself is essentially the same.

 

AUDIO CLIP 15 B 1: Drut Kaherva Prakar 3

 

PRAKAR 4:

 

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dhin

 

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kat

 

gha

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Prakar 4 is very similar to the vibhag and baya format as indicated in Prakar 3.

 

UPDATED: December 20, 2010