musings on music and life

November 28, 2012

Kaapi alapana

Filed under: Carnatic Music — Tags: — sankirnam @ 4:50 pm

This is a clip from a concert I performed in San Diego earlier this month. This is an alapana in the ragam Kaapi. The brothers are doing an unmetered improvisation in the ragam. This is one of the main modes of improvisation in Carnatic Music, and is very much akin to the alaap in Hindustani music. The approach that the brothers take to exploring the ragam is highly reminiscent of the style used by T. R. Mahalingam (Flute Mali). He would take a slow, unhurried approach, and dwell for a long time on certain swaras (notes). Particularly in Kapi, he would dwell on the rishabam extensively. The piece played after this ragam was also one that Mali played frequently – Mivalla Gunadosha (Kanda Chapu, Thyagaraja).

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