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Basics of Konnakol | Vocal Percussion - Level II

by Manjunath BC

This course will build on the topics taught in the basics course. It will look in detail at the different patterns of Konnakol, dwelling further into the tala system. This course will further explore the different permutations and combinations of using syllables, alongside advance learning related to Konnakol. Students undergoing this course will get a better, in detail understanding about different patterns in Konnakol. They will further their skills in vocal percussion by learning and exploring different permutation and combinations of syllables used within the framework of tala or rhythmic cycles. 

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    25 Weeks

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Educator Profile

Manjunath BC

30 Years Experience

From: India

  • Teacher Skill Keywords:

    Konnakol, World Musician
  • Education

    from Ganakalabhushana K N Krishnamurthy, Sangeetha Kalanidhi Dr T K murthy

  • Work Details

    Director - Freelance Musician

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Course Details

This course on Konnakol or carnatic style of using vocal syllables to create rhythmic compositions will enhance the students understanding of Konnakol building upon the foundation created in the basics course. This course will further delve into the tala system and further explore the solfeges or the alphabet system in Konnakol such as Tha, Dhi, Thom, Nam, Kita, Dhak Kita inside the tala frame. Tala is supposed to be the rhythmic pattern or structure that defines a composition. Students in this course learn two basic talas namely adi tala and rupak tala. Adi tala also referred to as primary clap is one of the most popular talas in carnatic music. It is also referred to as chaturasra-jaati triputa tala. The other tala that students get familiarised with is rupaka tala. Students will be taught traditional compositions based on the mentioned talas to improve on their vocal percussion skills, through regular practice of taught compositions. This course will teach students to do a poetry in Konnakol not just with syllables but with the number system as well.

If the student wants to learn more insights on the Basic's of Konnakol or voice percussion practiced in Carnatic or South Indian Classical music, Here is another course tailored by BC Manjunath: Basics Of Konnakol | Vocal Percussion - Level I | Mridangam / Konnakol Exercises, Lessons

About BC Manjunath: Representing the fourth generation of musicians in his family, BC Manjunath has been practicing the mridangam for the last 35 years. Performing on stage for the last 30 years, BC Manjunath has had the good fortune of performing alongside the greatest exponents of music namely Pt. Ravi Shankar, Dr. M. Balamuralikrishna, Mysore M. Nagraj, Dr. Suma Sudhindra, Gnana Kalabhushana K. N. Krishnamurthy and many more. Having trained under the illustrious Sangeet Kalanidhi Dr. T. K. Murthy, BC Manjunath himself has been teaching since the age of 15. Touring across the world, the vocal percussionist has performed at more than 45 countries, performing at some of the well renowned landmark locations such as Sydney Opera House, Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York and many more.


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