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BASIC  TAALS IN KATHAK

Hey friends. It has been a long time since i wrote my last post. But today i will be discussing about the varios taals in kathak. A lot of my friends who are learning kathak,guys this post is special for you all. So like i have already discussed in a lot of my previos posts there are various different taals in kathak. The most common to hear among them are-

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TATKAAR

 TATKAAR IN KATHAK

Welcome back guys! Today i am going to discuss about something very important in kathak. It is called tatkaar. If you don’t already know what this is,you must check out this post. It’ll help you understand the terms,i am gonna used throughout the post a little better. So tatkar is the leg work in kathak. According to the different speeds of saying a bol  On your hands,you have speeds for moving your legs too. Continue reading “TATKAAR”

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DID YOU KNOW?

DID YOU KNOW ???

 

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It’s a very fascinating fact about kathak for me,the spins! Yes,when a dancer spins the look,aggression and the gracefulness fills my heart with the spirit of dancing and makes me feel amazingly loved with the talent of dancing. Today I will be discussing something similar. We’ll be talking about the spins in kathak. And the fact is that Continue reading “DID YOU KNOW?”

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NAVA RASA

THE NINE MOODS OF MIND:

Let’s start with a very short example Your son breaks your favorite vase! What do you do? You scold him with anger and then calm down. You slowly explain him peacefully, that he should have been careful . Then you hug him tight and apologize for being so rude. And after all this you delightfully get back to your work without thinking much about this incident!Did you notice that your mind had so many feelings bubbling up through these incidents! Today I will be elaborating something similar: Continue reading “NAVA RASA”

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TEENTAAL IN KATHAK PART 3

TEENTAAL IN KATHAK-PART 3

 

So although no one has requested me to write any post specially for them,I decided to write this post. This is part 3 of TEENTAAL. So as I promised I in post 2,I will be sharing the bol (s) of ekgoon, dogoon ,teengoon and chaargoon in teentaal.
Also I will be explaining about Salami ,aamad and sharing their bols. So before we get started,I would like you to view the previous posts for better understanding.

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TEENTAAL IN KATHAK PART 2

SAYING A BOL ON HANDS :

Today I will be specifically telling you guys how to tell a bol on hands in Kathak. This lesson is going to help you life long in the world of Kathak. Not just in teentaal but in all other taals, we perform each kind of bol on our hands which include thaat, salami, aamad, tukda ,toda etc. Telling a bol on your hands requires you to first
know all the basic definitions as well as understand what are these bols which we are performing. To understand everything much clearly click on these links and read the previous posts.
TEENTAAL IN KATHAK PART 1

So now that you are aware of Taali, Khaali, Sam, goon, salami ,aamad and more such things, let’s learn a basic bol that we can perform on our hands.

I will now be teaching you how to perform teentaal on your hands. The bol of teentaal goes like this-
Dha dhin dhin dha /   dha dhin dhin dha/
+                                  2
Na tin tin na /   tete dhin dhin dha
0                       3
Dha
+
As already mentioned in my previous posts:
+ ( first taali)
2 (second taali)
0 ( first khaali)
3 ( third taali)
+( som)
The symbols represent as mentioned above.
Saying teentaal on your hands is extremely easy but requires practice. Also saying the various goon (s) requires practice. However because you are aware of all the basics it’s easy to learn.
Let’s get started…..
Teentaal ( ekgoon) or Original bol
Note: say each syllable ( dha,dhin dhin…) As we perform the bol on hand
First step- Fix your left hand with palm facing the upwards. Only your right hand shall move throughout.

Second step- Begin with the first taali ( say Dha)
Third step- press your pen finger on you left palm ( say dhin). Repeat with your middle finger ( say dhin). Finish on the ring finger ( say dha). And with this you end the first vibhag ( 4 matra)
Fourth step- Begin the second taali and continue it just like the first one. ( dont forget to say each syllable)
Fifth step- Begin with the first khaali by pressing your right hands thumb towards the bottom of you right hands little finger.

Hope this pic helps.
Much same way press the thumb on the second line of the finger, then the third, and then the top. Here we end the third vibhag also.
Sixth step- Repeat the first, second and third step. ( note: the syllables that your say are different for the fourth vibhag thus say, accordingly)
Seventh step- end the bol with the som( clap once again)
And that’s it.
In teentaal all bols are told like this, the only difference is that the words which we say are different. Sometimes this whole process of seven steps are repeated twice or thrice depending on the length of the bol. Don’t get confused!!!! As this can be a little confusing. I will teach you everything slowly and nicely, but you need to practice. I will also show you how to say the bol of dogoon, teen goon and chaar goon on hands. For this you need to know the bol. It’s not different. You need to repeat the bol for teentaal twice if you are saying do goon ( say two syllables in only one matra. For example: in the first clap ,say dha dhin together)

You need to repeat the whole bol of teentaal thrice if you are saying teen goon. ( say three syllables in only one matra. For example : say, dha dhin dhin together in the first clap.
Similarly for chaar gun say dha dhin dhin dha together in only one matra on the first clap.
As you practice, you will find its not too tough. To practice better you will need the correct material like the bols. In the next part I will be sharing the bols of the goon of teentaal, salami ,aamad and also tell you briefly about tukda and toda ( two different sets of bol in Kathak).
If you are a Kathak learner then try writing down the bol of dogoon , teen goon or chaar goon in teentaal and send me the bol on my email or type out down in the comments box. Let’s see how well you can catch my lessons or in other words how well can I explain these lessons to you. Also if you could not understand something, let me know in the comments box. I will surely help you out.
Till then keep dancing and reading.
With love
Your friend Anupriya!!!!!

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TEENTAAL IN KATHAK PART 1

Beginning with teentaal: PART 1:

 

As mentioned previously…I am going tell you guys about many more things in Kathak but to start with we will need to know more and more about the basic things that every taal has…let it be teentaal or ektaal or jhaptaal….I am going to start with teentaal….so let’s learn the common things about teentaal which is also called tritaal…

Performing teentaal on legs: TATKAAR
Performing any taal on legs is as easy as that of performing it on hands…especially teentaal…Just pick your leg up a bit and put it down making a patting kind of sound..the order is:
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Left_right_left_right
Right_left_right_left
Left_right_left_right

We start and end both at our right leg in every bol….this performance of taal on leg is called tatkar…it is performed in different speeds(low to high).

Gun:we generally write every bol’s guns (sing. Gun) its not that gun which is a pistol or something….pronounce it as गुण in hindi….gun is divided in four divisions: ekgun is the simplest form of Bol or the real form of bol  , dogun is like saying two syllables in only one matra or simply told as saying the bol twice in only 16 matras,teengun is like saying the whole bol thrice in sixteen matras and chaargun is like saying the whole bol four times in sixteen matras……

Thaat: To begin a taal we need to first perform its thaat…thaat is nothing much but the bol of the taal which is repeated May be twice or thrice as a mark of starting a new bol …..thaat is performed in every taal….if you have read my previous posts then you May know the bol of teen taal…..here I show you bol again…

Dha dhin dhin na/ dha dhin dhin na
+                          2
Na tin tin Na     / tete dhin dhin dha
0                         3
Dha
+

If you guys viewed my post on definitions in Kathak then you would easily understand what are the +, 2,3 and 0 signs doing there..if you didn’t view the post then pls view it soon because it is gonna help you a lot in learning teentaal.
In teental we repeat the complete 16 matra bol thrice and that’s it….you did the thaat…but performing on the same bol which is repeated thrice requires you to first learn the steps.

After performing the thaat we perform the salami-

Salami: Salami is basically welcoming. this is what it means.it has different bols and steps however the main motto is to show that we are welcoming the audience.

Next we perform the Aamad,to be true its nothing much but a name given to another bol that we perform on ….this again has different bols and steps.

And that us pretty much the basics of teentaal. But there’s a lot more to learn. I was planning to post the bols of  salami, aamad etc. But I planned not to do that because in different parts of India, different bols are taught and by different teachers. So even if I provide you guys with the bols, you might learn something different later on. However if you want I will for sure and very soon upload the bols as well as the clips of the steps I learnt on them. Till then keep dancing. Love you…