INDIAN MUSIC FORUM ARCHIVES: Sitar Forum: Search for Gats


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Search for Gats Feb 19, 2004 01:51 p.m.

Can anyone here recommend a good book, website that has a consolidated list of gats for various ragas? I have seen great sites for aroha/avaroha and pakad but not for gats.


Re:Search for Gats Feb 19, 2004 03:39 p.m.

Before I'm accused of giving a certain shop a plug....

Aside from studying with my teacher (nothing can replace her...) I get a lot of miledge from the George Ruckert book "The Classical Music of North India Vol. 1 The first years". Great book: it's full of compositions ranging from Dhrupad, Khyal etc. and has a lot of additional info on Indian Music. A must have...



Re:Search for Gats Feb 19, 2004 03:59 p.m.

For the first year/year and a half we only did exercises. (Murchana's, sapats etc.) At least the first year no meend just straight scales. We started in Bilawal and did a small gat. (no raised or lowered notes) Than we concentrated for more than a year on Raga Yaman. We did two compositions; a slow one (Maseetkhani gat) ans a medium tempo one. These gats introduced meend over one or two notes. Than a short composition in Kafi and I'm now working on a dhun in Bhairavi and I just started with alaap in Bhairavi (two to three note meends). Because I bought the surbahar I'm also working on the Dhrupad in Bhairavi from the above mentioned book.

My teacher is Darshan Kumari. She has her own musicschool in Amsterdam.



Re:Search for Gats Feb 19, 2004 03:45 p.m.

Excellent Remco. Who do you study with? How does she lay out a rag to you? Are you playing what she plays in alap form? Does she show you specific passages? Gats?
Re:Search for Gats Feb 19, 2004 04:10 p.m.

That is great stuff. I have been working on Yaman for the last few months with my teacher. From the get go we jumped into meends and a small piece in Bhairav as well as a few exercises. He definitely leaves lessons a bit abstract and it is up to me to find my way...
Sometimes I wind up in a puzzling abyss! Where am I?? Am I even playing Yaman anymore?!!
Re:Search for Gats Feb 19, 2004 06:46 p.m.

There is like 50 pages with nice oldfashioned gats in Allyn Miner's "Sitar and Sarod in the 18th and 19th Centuries", which is a good read anyway.
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