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Adi Tala Korvai #4 (3 Speed Renditions) - Carnatic Konnakol

About the Piece

Another beautiful korvai (rhythmic composition) in adi tala (8-beat cycle) created by my guru Mr V. Raghuraman. I love this challenging piece as the sols (rhythmic syllables) get faster and faster at each of the three renditions!

Listen out for the sudden jumps in speed, and see how these wonderfully crafted syllables allow them to roll off your tongue with incredible speed and dexterity. That's why I love Indian classical music.


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How does the speed increase work?

The theory is simpler than you might think. Let's break it down into simple mathematics!

Rhythmic structure

Adi Tala:

The piece is in an 8-beat cycle called adi tala.


There are 3 renditions of the composition, each lasting a different number of cycles.

1st rendition (slow): 4 cycles or 32 beats

2nd rendition (med): 3 cycles or 24 beats

3rd rendition (fast): 2 cycles or 16 beats

Syllables per rendition:

In each rendition, consider that I'm speaking 96 syllables worth of stuff.

'thangita', 'thakathari', 'kitathaka' etc...

Subdividing beats differently per rendition:

We're going to cut up each beat into different number of subdivisions for each rendition.

1st rendition (slow): 3 subdivisions/beat

2nd rendition (med): 4 subdivisions/beat

3rd rendition (fast): 6 subdivisions/beat

Which gives us....

1st rendition (slow): 32 (beats) x 3 (subdivisions) = 96 subdivisions

2nd rendition (med): 24 (beats) x 4 (subdivisions) = 96 subdivisions

3rd rendition (fast): 16 (beats) x 6 (subdivisions) = 96 subdivisions

Our composition of 96 syllable length will fit into each rendition perfectly, each at a different speed taking a different number of cycles!

Music Notation:

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Until next time, I'll see you again!

By Neil Chan


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