New: Check out our new Korvais Made Easy application. For comments, questions, and suggestions, please contact comments@korvai.org.

Third Mridanga Thaniaavarthanam Programme, 2005

We presented our Third Mridanga Thaniaavarthanam Programme on the 5th of August 2005 at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Mylapore, Chennai. The Thaniavarthanam was played in a unique Thaalam, Bhinna Gaatha Bhinna Gamana Aadhi Thaalam. The performers were students of M N Hariharan; Suriya Subramanian and T Sampath. Master M Balamuralikrishna provided the vocal support rendering pallavis composed by Kumbakonnam Shri A K Gajendran. Laya Legends Sanngeetha Kalanidhi Dr. T K Murthy and Padmashri Haridwaramangalam Shri A K Palanivel were chief guests of the evening.

Bhinna Gaatha Bhinna Gamana Aadhi Thaalam

Bhinna means variation in sanskrit. Gaatha is the beat and Gamanam refers to the Nadais. We varied the counts (beats) of the popular Aadhi Thaalam and also the Nadais and got five different Thaalams.

As we all know, Aadhi thaalam is composed of three angams namely Chatusra Laghu (First four counts), Dritham (5th and 6th counts) and Dritham (7th and 8th counts). The first beat of every angam is varied in an orderly fashion to obtain the five thaalams. The names of the five different thalaams are

In these Chatusra Ghaata Aadhi Thaalam is the same as the usual Aadhi thalaam. It has 8 counts. Thrisra Ghaata Aadhi Thaalam is a variation of Chatusra Ghaata Aadhi Thaalam, in that, the first, fifth and the seventh counts are increased by a half a count. Similarly, for Dwikalai Chartusra Ghaata Aadhi Thaalam, half count is increased in the first, fifth and seventh counts of Thrisra Ghaata Aadhi Thaalam. The other thaalams are obtained in the same manner. The basic idea is to increase the number of counts by half for every successive thaalam.

For each of the five thaalams, we presented a pallavi sung by Master M Balamuralikrshna. Also we chose 4 edams (places) in all the pallavis and played korvais in different nadais. We used our book "Korvais Made Easy", to get the answers (alavu) for these korvais. all the korvais would start at the samam (starting point of a thalaam) and ends at the appropriate places.

Copyright © 2006-2013 Korvai.Org, All rights reserved.