GAMAKAS

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GAMAKAS 2014-01-11T18:03:58+00:00

Gamaka is way of beautifying the notes or swaras which we play. It is an integral part of Indian music.

Gamaka is a style of landing on the desired note from a different note (A gamak note). There are many different ways of applying the Gamak to landing notes.

We can apply gamak to a particular note from a preceding note or a succeeding note.

 

Applying Gamakas while Ascending in a simple scale, S R G M P D N S’.

 

Example of applying gamaks while ascending, from succeeding notes.

(This style of applying gamaks is used commonly)

S GR MG PM DP ND S’N R’S’

 

Example of applying gamaks while ascending, from preceding notes.

S .NR SG RM  GP  MD  PN  DS’

 

Applying Gamakas while Descending in a simple scale, S’ N D P M G R S.

 

Example of applying gamaks while descending, from preceding notes.

(This style of applying gamaks is used commonly)

S’ R’N  S’D NP  DM  PG  MR  GS

 

Example of applying gamaks while descending, from succeeding notes.

 S’   DN   PD   MP  GM   RG  SR  .NS

 

While we ascend in a scale, gamakas from succeeding notes are commonly used. While descending in a scale gamakas from preceding notes are commonly used.

In Bansuri flute because we get a ‘stopper’ when ‘Pa’ comes, usually we don’t apply the gamaks for some notes around ‘Pa’ and play them in a simple manner so as to get the smooth sound. In the examples above, for those notes which are coloured orange, play them without the superscript.

 

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