A song from the navel4 min read . Updated: 11 Jan 2014, 12:50 AM IST
Music should begin at the 'nabi' or navel, move to the 'hrud' or heart, then 'kanta' or throat, and give the 'rasa' or emotion
My music practice always begins with the strings of the tambura. I’d like to say that mine is an old-fashioned Tanjore-style stringed instrument made from jackwood and rosewood with a spherical gourd that rests comfortably on my lap when I sit cross-legged on the floor for practice. But it is not. My tambura has been downloaded—for free, I might add—from YouTube. With a click, I can choose any of the octaves I typically sing at: G or G sharp being the usual ones. In Carnatic music, we call it “5 or 5.5 kattai", respectively. When I chant in Sanskrit, I choose a lower octave: more like 3.5 or 4.
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