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dstoyle

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Hi

Can someone tell me what the difference is between sargam and alankar. I am new to playing sitar and have been doing exercises but have seen these two words and dont know the difference..

Also is there anywhere online that has exercise for the sitar...
or does someone have any suggestions for a begginer...

Thanks for your help
Darren
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Neal

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http://video.google.com/videosearch?q=sitar
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dennis

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I beleive Sargams are exercises in a given raga. And Alankar, although an exercise- is not specific to a given raga.

I'm, by no means an expert, so hopefully someone else will pipe in with a better answer.
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Joshua Feinberg

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hi,

oooo, a near miss! :-)

sargam is the system of indian solfege. the first note is called sa, the second is called re, the third is ga, then ma, pa dha ni sa. in fact 'SARGAM" is a acronym. 'SA-R(e) GA M(a)'

alankar is a type of melodic device. it comes from taking a set of notes, say sa re ga; and building permutations of them. for example, sa re ga, re ga sa, ga sa re. the first time i started on sa, then re, than ga, all ways going up, or jumping from ga to sa before going up. thats only one of an infinite number possible. sa re ga, ga re sa. forewards and then backwards. etc. . . .they can get very complicated. the Agra vocal gharana does lots of these. so does Ust. Vilayat Khansahib.

best,

jf

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