Exercise Khanda (konnakkol)

Last year I became interested in Carnatic music, especially in Carnatic rhythm and konnakkol. In this category I will post some transcriptions of exercises and little solos that the incredible musician B.C. Manjunath shares on his Facebook profile. I’m not an expert of Carnatic music, so some of the explanations could be wrong. I will just share some transcriptions that I made for my own personal practice.

This exercise is to work Khanda Gati (quintuplets). Once you can do this exercise you really improve the internal feeling of quintuplets. It’s not an easy exercise and it can take some time to get it perfect.

Tala (cycle/bar): Khanda Chapu – one beat per bar (5/8)

Gati (subdivision): Khanda (quintuplets — 5 matras per beat)

Tempo: Every 5/8 bar=44-60

Syllables: Ta Di Gi Na To – Through all the exercise


This exercise is working in 4 speeds of quintuplets: 5/1 (bar 1); 10/1 (bar 5); 10/3 (starting in bar 6, but it only appears half cycle 5/1.5); and 5/2 (bar 13). The idea is to start in every speed with a whole quintuplet and then reduce every note of the quintuplet to a 16th note until the original quintuplet is transformed into the other speed.

Here you can watch this exercise starting from minute 0.54

This post was shared by B.C. Manjunath on the 24th of December 2016.

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