A delightful demonstration given by Guru Neyveli Santhanagopalan of ‘Pinnal Swarams’ or plaited musical notes during the informal session conducted by KN Shashikiran with panel members Veenai Venkataraman, Sriram Parasuram and MS Sheela. Neyveli Santhanagopalan says that the following type of pinnal swarams should be attempted and internalised by students of Carnatic music in every raga. This is done by understanding the rhythmic jati or pattern behind the swarams. Similarly he says there are many other jathis that should be practiced regularly to develop a friendliness and oneness with the swaras. This type of grouping of swaras he says anecdotally, is like a village or township of swaras.
The workshop lead efficiently by Shashikiran and answered by the panel members was perhaps the most valuable and precious event at the Festival in Sydney.
Neyveli Santhanagopalan, a teacher extraordinaire would be a gift to learn from. He runs regular e-classes on the net. For more information look here
In the following clip Shashikiran and Sriram Parasuram talk about the essence of practising the basic notes on a regular basis:
WHAT SANJAY SAYS:
Sanjay Subrahmanyam was missed at this discussion and would have completed this panel. However I stumbled upon a post that Sanjay has written about Rakthi and Scale ragas and thought it would fit in nicely to read what he says if you are not already confused. At the end of the day, Music is an experience. Like my grandfather would say, “Vaasanai!” There is unfortunately no Equivalent english word for this term, except that the ‘feel’ of a ragam comes naturally to some, to be cultivated by others and for most to simply sit back and relish!