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pbercker

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Have a listen to the first 3 minutes of this video (rag Jog on slide guitar and Pundlik Bhagwat on Tabla).

This the beginning of vilambit teental and for roughly the first 3 minutes he does on the one hand a seemingly simple use of te te ... and yet highly rhythmically interesting and creative use of simple te te te te ....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?list=PLVzYJjH3hb7G8Z7B18PsAJ-nhdJ6vbkpc&v=X8AhMmGrRDk&feature=player_detailpage

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Lovely - thanks for sharing !

I have heard this sort of very creative use of tete (and ketetaka ) as a vilambit teental prelude before - again from Banaras players. Builds the anticipation so beautifully for the first Ghe.

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Pundlik Bhagvat-ji is one of my favourite players these days. I saw him play an incredible solo in Benares a couple of years ago, at BHU. I have some video clips that I took, but am hesitant to post without permission. Anyone have his email address?

What he is playing (so nicely) is called bhumika. We (Benares gharana players) play it immediately before Uthaan. It's not just TeTe ... many other bols, like trakra, Na, Ta, Kat, etc.

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Pundlik Bhagvat-ji is one of my favourite players these days. I saw him play an incredible solo in Benares a couple of years ago, at BHU. I have some video clips that I took, but am hesitant to post without permission. Anyone have his email address?

What he is playing (so nicely) is called bhumika. We (Benares gharana players) play it immediately before Uthaan. It's not just TeTe ... many other bols, like trakra, Na, Ta, Kat, etc.
i have never heard of such a thing!!! =O is it possible you could explain bhumika to us? how its done and why? i would aprecciate it very much, this is tottally new to me

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Bhumika literally translates to 'introduction.' In a traditional Benares tabla solo, it is everything you hear immediately preceeding the uthaan. So, the first thing you would hear in the entire solo performance. Basically, you can use any bol other than Ge, but the focus is on closed sounds like tete, tirakita, trakra, etc. in contrast with open dahina bols like Taan, Ta, or Na. No open baya. Once the baya opens, then you are in uthaan. The bhumika is usually quite syncopated. It can be less than one avartan, or multiple avartans in length, somewhat in proportion with the size of the uthaan to come. Bhumika is improvised, but composed bhumikas are taught for beginners.
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Thanks Shawn - I had wondered about how this prelude to the vilambit teental theka was structured when I had often heard it played as such in some recordings. I had been able to deduce a Banaras connection but that was about it. Makes perfect sense now.

That was the bhumika.
And now the inevitable utthan - would you be kind enough to provide a real simple, beginner example of a composed bhumika (and the associated utthan).

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Here's a basic bhumika:

Te Taan - Ki
Ki Te TaKa TiRaKiTa
Te Taan KiKi TeTe
TeTe Ta--Kra TeTa TiRaKita

Each line is 4 matras. Each matra is separated by a space (bols glued together are in the same matra, which is subdivided evenly). Taan can be replaced by Ta (lao/sur). - represents a silence. You can possibly repeat it twice before heading into Uthaan.

Uthaan presents some problems for writing here, as the rhythm and bol nuances would be difficult to notate in such a limited writing format...

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Thanks - much appreciated !
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Thanks a lot!! i need to say this..
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Thanks for posting this. Great clip and playing by both musicians.
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