Manodharma Sangeetham – Tanam & Niraval


1.Introduction Ragam: – Talam: – Composer: 2.Tanam Ragam: – Talam: – Composer: 3.Niraval in Shorter Talas Ragam: – Talam: – Composer: 4.Niraval in slow tempo Ragam: – Talam: – Composer: 5.Niraval in Ragam Tanam Pallavi Ragam: – Talam: – Composer:

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The hallmark of Carnatic Classical music is Manodharma Sangeetham, which is improvisation of music. It is the most unique and spectacular feature of Indian music. The true challenge of a musician lies in his ability to create and extemporize on the spot, within the framework of codified principles. Manodharma Sangeetham comprises of Raga Alapana, Tanam, Niraval and Kalpana Swaram. Tanam, which is also called Madhyamakalam is a very lively and interesting aspect of Manodharma Sangeetham. There is no specific time measure, but an inherent rhythm prevails. It is usually rendered just before the Pallavi (Ragam Tanam Pallavi or RTP) in a concert. Niraval is a series of improvisations made in a musical theme or sahithya. It is done in kritis as well as for a Pallavi (RTP). Niraval is a judicious combination of all the aspects of Manodharma Sangeetham put into one. This makes it one of the most difficult aspects of creative music. Tanam and Niraval require years of practice, listening and guidance under an excellent Guru before one can aim to perform them in concerts.

Prof. T.R.Subramanyam, a musician and musicologist par excellence is scholarly and original in his approach to all aspects of music. He is known for his mastery over Laya and his skill in rendering Ragam Tanam Pallavi is unrivalled. T.R.S as he is popularly known retired from the University of Delhi where he was Professor/Head in the Department of Music. As a teacher he is unmatched for his enormous patience and extensive knowledge and is highly respected by musician’s world wide. His ingenious and innovative techniques are thought provoking and kindle the imagination of students of music. This product has the maestro explaining and demonstrating a systematic approach to Tanam and Niraval, the techniques, the dos and the donts that a student must know, while attempting them. He has elucidated Niraval in different talas like Adi, Rupakam and Misra Chapu. His explanations are lucid and logical, making it simple and easy to learn. A highly informative and valuable product for upcoming musicians.

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