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Explore this wonderful realm in imaginative ways – always in accordance with your own creativity and feelings
Suggestions for widening the scope for the “Flow”-exercises offered in this course:
- Alternate the singing of svara syllables with humming (-m):
– lines wherein 3-2-3 svaras are highlighted become “3 svaras sung + 2 svaras hummed + 3 svaras sung”
– lines wherein 8 svaras are highlighted become “4 svaras sung + 4 svaras hummed”
- Instead of humming (-m), extend the vowel found in the preceding svara variant (-a, -i)
- As always, “be patient” …
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Here comes another challenge
Designed for anyone in search of new “Flow-” horizons through music:
- Vary the vowels of svara syllables: –a, -i and -u yield ra-ri-ru, ga-gi-gu, ma-mi, dha-dhi-dhu, na-ni-nu.2
– in raga Sankarabharanam (seven notes, mela 29), the variants sung are: “sa ri gu ma pa dhi nu“3
– these variants also apply to many janya ragas like Hamsadhvani: “sa ri gu pa nu” (five notes)
– in melakarta raga Gamanasrama (seven notes, mela 53), the corresponding variants are: “sa ra gu mi pa dhi nu“
– its janya raga Hamsanandi (six notes) lacks pa: “sa ra gu mi dhi nu“
– other variants apply to janya raga Sriranjani: “sa ri gi ma dhi ni“
– the “parent raga” for Sriranjani (six notes) is Kharaharapriya (seven notes, mela 22) to which the following variants apply: “sa ri gi ma pa dhi ni”
- To learn more about the association of sound with colour, search the internet using the term “synesthesia”; according to a source cited on Wikipedia “individuals rarely agree on what color a given sound is”.
- These variations traditionally serve as memory aids (mnemonics) even if hardly used today:
“a” for the lowest variant, “i” for the middle one, and “u” for the highest one, always depending on the melakarta raga a given janya raga is associated with.
- Please remember: sa and pa never vary (though pa is sometimes omitted altogether); ri, ga, dha and ni have three variants each (-a, -i and -u); and ma has two variants (-a and -i).