Raaga Rasika: Exploring the World of Carnatic Music

Archive for August 2009

Episode 46: Introduction to Chapu Talams

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009
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We conclude our introductory series on talams, with a discussion on two chapu talams: misra chapu talam and kanda chapu talam. Vidya illustrates these talams using snippets from concert recordings of master musicians Smt. Brinda and Smt. Mukta; and Smt. D. K. Pattammal.

Episode 45: Introduction to Adi tala and Rupaka tala

Saturday, August 15th, 2009
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We continue our discussions of talas from the previous episode and name the seven basic talas in Carnatic music. Vidya highlights two very common talas: Rupaka tala and the Adi tala. She then explains the angas that make up these talas, and illustrates these with snippets from concert recordings of master musicians Sri G. N. Balasubramaniam and Smt. M. S. Subbulakshmi.

Episode 44: Carnatic Music Terms Defined — Laya, Kala, and Tala

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009
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In this episode, we introduce the fundamentals of rhythm. Vidya explains how rhythm manifests itself in Carnatic music and discusses terms such as laya, kala, and tala. We finish this episode by defining the basic constituents of tala, called "angas".