Alankars (1-15)

Alankars


                      Bansuri is such an instrument with which you have to always be in touch. You should everyday do its Riyaaz (Practice). The more you practice the more faster you'll learn the art. If you skip a days practice too its result will be seen the next day and you personally would feel the difference. So always be in touch of this instrument. Don't think that if you play for 5 days you can let go 2 days and then again you'll start practicing. It will do you no good. Your time learning the instrument will increase. 

                    In the starting days you'll also feel some dizziness if you practice for long periods. But its okay. Relax and once the dizziness gets over, start again. This happens because your body is not used to it and you dont have the stamina. But dont worry over the time stamina will slowly increase with practice. 

                    Try playing only sa/SA and see for much seconds can you play it. Minimum 30 secs is needed. While blowing towards the end you will find yourself running out of breath and thus the end portions will not sound properly, so during such times roll the bansuri outside.

                   Alankars help you to set your fingers right and for fast movement of your fingers. Your fingers should glide over the Bansuri. Below there are some of the alankars for your fingering practice. please practice every alankar 100 times before moving onto the next alankar. Minimum 100 proper repititions are needed to get you fingers moving and getting set to the instrument. 

                   There are two parts to an alankar. First is Aaroh (Ascending) and second Avroh (descending). For Aaroh i will use 'Aa' and for Avroh i will use 'Av'.


Note: While playing, please say the surs in your mind also. PLEASE!!
You might think that its not important or you might even ignore it, thats why i am telling you that please say the surs in you mind while you are playing on the flute alongside. In the long run it will be very helpful to you.


1.
 Aa:  sa re ga ma pa dha ni SA
    Av:  SA ni dha pa ma ga re sa

This alankar should be first practiced 100 time initially and before you start any session this can be used for warm up. 





2. 
Aa: 
sa re sa re sa re sa     x 4 (repeat 4 times or for more if its not coming properly)
re ga re ga re ga re    x 4
ga ma ga ma ga ma ga  x 4
ma pa ma pa ma pa ma  x 10
pa dha pa dha pa dha pa  x 4
dha ni dha ni dha ni dha  x 4
ni SA ni SA ni SA ni  x 4
SA RE SA RE SA RE SA  x 4

Av:
SA ni SA ni SA ni SA   x 4
ni dha ni dha ni dha ni   x 4
dha pa dha pa dha pa dha  x 4
pa ma pa ma pa ma pa  x 10
ma ga ma ga ma ga ma   x 4
ga re ga re ga re ga  x 4
re sa re sa re sa re x 4
sa ni sa ni sa ni sa  x 4 





3. 
Aa:
                                      sa
                                  sa re sa
                             sa re ga re sa
                        sa re ga ma ga re sa
                  sa re ga ma pa ma ga re sa
            sa re ga ma pa dha pa ma ga re sa
      sa re ga ma pa dha ni dha pa ma ga re sa
sa re ga ma pa dha ni SA ni dha pa ma ga re sa


Av:
                                       SA
                            SA ni SA
                       SA ni dha ni SA
                  SA ni dha pa dha ni SA
             SA ni dha pa ma pa dha ni SA
        SA ni dha pa ma ga ma pa dha ni SA
    SA ni dha pa ma ga re ga ma pa dha ni SA
SA ni dha pa ma ga re sa re ga ma pa dha ni SA




4. 
Aa: (ni sa re sa) x4, 
(sa re ga re) x4, 
(re ga ma ga) x4, 
(ga ma pa ma) x4, 
(ma pa dha pa) x4, 
(pa dha ni dha) x4, 
(dha ni SA ni) x4, 
(ni SA RE SA) x4. 

Av: (RE SA ni SA) x4, 
(SA ni dha ni) x4, 
(ni dha pa dha) x4, 
(dha pa ma pa) x4, 
(pa ma ga pa) x4, 
(ma ga re ga) x4, 
(ga re sa re) x4, 
(re sa ni sa) x4. 

And once you get a hold of it(play for minimum 100 times) then try to play it continuously. 
For eg.: ni sa re sa, sa re ga re, re ga ma ga,.... and the same for avroh.





5.
Aa: (ni sa re ga re sa) x4, 
(sa re ga ma ga re) x4, 
(re ga ma pa ma ga) x4, 
(ga ma pa dha pa ma) x4, 
(ma pa dha ni dha pa) x4, 
(pa dha ni SA ni dha) x4, 
(dha ni SA RE SA ni) x4, 
(ni SA RE GA RE SA) x4.

Av: (RE SA ni dha ni SA) x4,
 (SA ni dha pa dha ni) x4,
 (ni dha pa ma pa dha) x4,
 (dha pa ma ga ma pa) x4, 
(pa ma ga re ga ma) x4,
 (ma ga re sa re ga) x4, 
(ga re sa ni sa re) x4, 
(re sa ni dha ni sa) x4.

And after finishing this, play continuously. 




6. 
Aa: (ni sa re ga ma ga re sa) x4, 
(sa re ga ma pa ma ga re) x4,
(re ga ma pa dha pa ma ga) x4, 
(ga ma pa dha ni dha pa ma) x4, 
(ma pa dha ni SA ni dha pa) x4, 
(pa dha ni SA RE SA ni dha) x4,
 (dha ni SA RE GA RE SA ni) x4, 
(ni SA RE GA MA GA RE SA) x4

Av: (RE SA ni dha pa dha ni SA) x4, 
(SA ni dha pa ma pa dha ni) x4, 
(ni dha pa ma ga ma pa dha) x4, 
(dha pa ma ga re ga ma pa) x4, 
(pa ma ga re sa re ga ma) x4, 
(ma ga re sa ni sa re ga)  x4, 
(ga re sa ni dha ni sa re) x4, 
(re sa ni dha pa dha ni sa) x4






7.
 Aa: (ni sa ni sa re ga re sa) x4
(sa re sa re ga ma ga re) x4
(re ga re ga ma pa ma ga) x4
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(ni SA ni SA RE GA RE SA) x4


Av: (RE SA RE SA ni dha ni sa) x4
(SA ni SA ni dha pa dha ni) x4
(ni dha ni dha pa ma pa dha) x4
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(re sa re sa ni dha ni sa) x4


By now you should be able to frame ahead's aaroh and avroh on your own because if you don't get the habit of forming it yourself then you might never learn. You will always depend on this blog or somewhere else to read the alankar first and then play it you wont be able to play it by yourself.

So even if it takes time please try to play the whole part by your own after just reading the starting two lines of the alankar.

And you are saying the surs in the mind?? arent you??

8.
 Aa: (pa ni) x4
(dha sa) x4
(ni re) x4
(sa ga) x4
(re ma) x4
(ga pa) x4
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(RE MA) x4


Av: (MA RE) x4
(GA SA) x4
(RE ni) x4
(SA dha) x4
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(ni pa) x4

And also play this same continuously, and play it fast! you will love it!





9. 
Aa: (dha  sa ni sa) x4
(ni re sa re) x4
(sa ga re ga) x4
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(RE MA GA MA) x4

Av: (MA RE GA RE) x4
(GA SA RE SA) x4
(RE ni SA ni) x4
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(ni pa dha pa) x4





10. 
Aa: (pa dha ni) x4
(dha ni sa) x4
(ni sa re) x4
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(RE GA MA) x4


Av: (MA GA RE) x4
(GA RE SA) x4
(RE SA ni) x4
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(ni dha pa) x4

      And if you are now comfortable with this play it continuously and play it fast!





11. 
Aa: (pa sa) x4
(dha re) x4
(ni ga) x4
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(SA MA) x4

AV:
(MA SA) x4
(GA ni) x4
(RE dha) x4
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(sa pa) x4

And single. That too fast!





12. 
Aa: (pa dha pa dha ni dha pa) x4
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( I hope by now you all can continue it by yourself, if its not coming to you then you have not done your practice properly)


Av: ( ma ga ma ga re ga ma) x4



13.
Aa: ( pa ni, dha sa, ni re) x4
(dha sa, ni re, sa ga) x4 
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( ni RE, SA GA, RE MA) x4


Av:
(MA RE ,GA SA, RE ni) x4
(GA SA, RE ni, SA dha) x4
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( re ni sa dha ni pa) x4







14.
Aa: (pa ni, dha sa, ni re),
(dha sa, ni re, sa ga),
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(ni RE, SA GA, RE MA).



Av: (MA RE GA SA RE ni),
(GA SA RE ni SA dha),
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( re ni, sa dha, ni pa).






15.
Aa: pa dha pa, dha ni dha, ni sa ni, sa re sa,............., GA MA GA.

Av: MA GA MA, GA RE GA, RE SA RE,...................,  dha pa dha.




20 comments:

  1. how may seconds are you able to play?

    i'm a beginner and only able to play for 15 secs.

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  2. Thanks! Very helpful for beginners like me , who know nothing of music

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  3. Sir, very useful.....

    thank you very much for your above details....

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  5. For the alankars on this page, is MA/ma played with all 6 holes open (teevra MA/ma)?

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    1. No, just open the first hole halfway to get shuddha Ma.

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  6. Thank you for this daily practice.
    The most important & beautiful part is the strictness & reality checks that are kept at regular intervals. I diligently follow them.
    _/\_

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  7. very helpful....no need of spl coaching.
    sir plz add the notes of the songs.

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  8. I don't know you but you r my guru. Thankyou so much :)

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  9. if i am not wrong There are no lower sur for Ga ,Re & Sa in bansuri
    so can anyone clear my doubts :
    when we play lower Pa,Dha,Ni..... with same amount of air flow we will get Middle octave Ga,Re, Sa?

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  10. what is the difference between ni sa re ga re sa and (ni sa re ga re sa) . In short what bracket means. Thanks

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  11. Thank you so much for this wonderful article really!
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  12. Wow sir I don't know you.... but you are my GuRu.

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  13. where can I found more alankars. Pls help

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  14. where can I found more alankars. Pls help

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  15. Thanks , I fill I improve my practice day to day .....

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