Kanda Chapu is the 5 beat thalum or cycle in Carnatic music. It can be thought of as 5/4 time. It is shown through a series of claps: Clap on beat 1; Clap on beat 3; Clap on beat 4.
Kanda Chapu can be recited using syllables Ta Ka Ta Ki Ta, a 2 + 3 beat grouping. The audio below is a series of exercises in Kanda Chapu. Each clip shows Kanda Chapu thalum while reciting Ta Ka Ta Ki Ta in different subdivisions. This is great practice for strengthening one’s time feel and getting more comfortable in 5/4 time. Try learning this material by ear. A downloadable pdf of this lesson is available at the bottom of the page with these exercises written in western notation. Have fun!
Kanda Chapu with Ta Ka Ta Ki Ta in Quarter Notes
Kanda Chapu with Ta Ka Ta Ki Ta in 8th Notes
Kanda Chapu with Ta Ka Ta Ki Ta in 16th Notes
Kanda Chapu with Ta Ka Ta Ki Ta in Triplets
Kanda Chapu with Ta Ka Ta Ki Ta in Quarter Note Triplets
Sreenath Sreenivasan presents the phrase Taka Dimi Taka Junu in different subdivisions in Adi Thalum. Adi Thalum is an 8 beat cycle found in Carnatic Music. Adi Thalum is shown through a series of claps and waves.
To show Adi Thalum:
Clap on Beat 1; press the pinky to the palm for beat 2; press the ring finger to the palm for beat 3; press the middle finger to the palm for beat 4; clap on beat 5, wave on beat 6, clap on beat 7, wave on beat 8. Beats 6 and 8 can also be shown by clapping with the reverse side of the hand, as opposed to the palm side.
Taka Dimi Taka Junu can be understood as counting 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.
This lessons shows Sreenath reciting Taka Dimi TakaJunu in different subdivisions while keeping thalum, or keeping the beat. A notated lesson that covers this material can be found here. A western notation, downloadable pdf of this lesson can be found at the bottom of the page. Start slowly and recite the syllables with a smile. The feel, bounce and energy will come quicker if this is approached musically and with enthusiasm!
This lessons covers more introductory rhythmic phrases found in Carnatic music. These syllables are also used in North Indian Hindustani Classical music and can be seen as universal ways to describe rhythmic groupings. Don’t feel like the syllables can only be used when studying or practicing Indian Classical Music. Recite the syllables while playing through the exercises to enhance fluidity with the phrases. Audio and a supplementary video element to this lesson will be posted shortly. A PDF is available for download at the bottom of the page.
Tha Din Gi Na Thom is a Konnakol phrase used to describe multiple rhythms. Check out these phrases and explore the exercises and games. Feel free to use numbers instead of the syllables to count, but try out the syllables as they are the language and more fun to say than numbers! You can download this material as a PDF at the bottom of the page. Click here for supporting audio of this lesson.