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Alankar : Set-1

Alankars are extremely useful way of getting perfection in playing bansuri. play as much as you can. Alankars are like warm up exercises that prepares your senses to become musically active so that you can play flawless music.

I’m writing below some Alankars that I play on Bansuri.  However, these can be played on any other instrument as well.

.P.D.NS       S’NDP
.D.NSR        NDPM
.NSRG        DPMG
SRGM         PMGR
RGMP        MGRS
GMPD        GRS.N
MPDN        RS.N.D
PDNS’        S.N.D.P

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  1. Hey Hi
    Its good site for beginners .
    i have query S TO M (SRGM) & P TO S (PDNS) FLOW is easy n quick. But how to jump M to P or P to M?? is there any trick??its difficult to jump one to another in continuous streaming.

    1. Following Alankar is useful in playing Ma, Pa and Dha smoothly on Bansuri:

      M P D P | M D P D | P M P D | M P M
      M P M D | P M P D | P D M P | D P M

    1. We talk in Middle octave
      We shout in Higher octave
      We murmur in Lower octave

      While playing flute when we normally blow, we play in middle octave.
      When we play with more force, we play high octave.
      When we play with soft air pressure, we play low octave

  2. With all respect,
    This is Anubhav. I dont have much knowledge about music. I have purchased a bamboo flute from local vendor. He gave it to me saying for beginner. It’s written there FF on flute. It has a blowing hole and six music holes. Seventh hole is not there.

    It will be nice if you can help me identify the first note of my flute,i.e., SA, present on which music hole.

    1. Thanks for your query.

      Closing only the top 3 holes with your fingers and blowing gently into the blowing hole produces SA on Bansuri.

    1. Before i answer your query, i need the following information:
      1. How old are you?
      2. Since when are you playing flute?
      3. Which type of flute do you use?
      Thanks
      Prashant

  3. What is the meaning of . in the notations.
    I understand ‘ but . don’t understand full stop
    Can someone help

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Useful Resources
How to read SARGAM notations

  • CAPITAL LETTERS = Shuddh Swars (Flat Notes)
  • small letters = Komal Swars (Low Notes)
  • A Note with # [hash] = Tivra Swar (High Note)
  • Letter/Alphabet ONLY = Medium Pitch/Normal blow on flute
  • Letter/Alphabet PRECEDED BY a ” . ” [full stop] or  a ” , ” [comma] = Low Pitch/Softer blow on flute
  • Letter/Alphabet FOLLOWED BY a ‘ [single quote] = High Pitch/harder blow on flute
  • Notes in { } = “murki” have to be played very fast without any pause
  • A Note in ( ) = “kaan swar” has to be just touched before moving on to the next note
  • A “~” between two Notes = “meend”. That is, you have to glide from one note to another slowly to produce that wavy effect.