Sparsha and gasit I can't help you with, but Indrajit did show me how to do the krintan properly. It does involve a slide, but there's more to it than that. Its more of a hammer technique, similar to guitar.
I found reference to these ornaments in the tutor book sent by Lars, the quaintly titled 'Reach The Ocean and Sail On The Sitar' (tried it once but sank). This is a very useful text IMHO, but because it goes further than elementary texts like Clem Alford's, it assumes some knowledge already. Check out page 33 for reference to these ornaments if you have the manual. Can we figure out between us what he means by these terms? Every wish. Jerry
Hi Jerry, Krintan in its basic form is cutting from one note to another. Say your forefinger is on PA and middle is on DHA and you strike with the mizrab and lightly pluck the string with your middle finger as you move from DHA to PA with one stroke. More complex Krintan involves the above cut with slides to another note and hammer ons, etc. all done with one stroke of the right hand.
Sparsa is a hammer on like you would do on guitar. So you would hit the note PA and hammer on with the third finger to DHA with enough force as to produce an audible not. If the Sparsha is repeated then it's called zamzama......