Chapu Formula – Exercise to strengthen Tala

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Acharya Ratnakara Chitravina Narasimhan has devised many innovative techniques to help students master various techniques in Laya. The Chapu formulas demonstrated in these lessons with the help of senior students are great exercises to develop a strong sense of rhythm in Chapus. These exercises will not only help students sing compositions in such talas with greater ease and control but also help in manodharma aspects like kalpana swaram and neraval. See the preview video below.   To download this video lesson, click here.

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In the full lesson, demonstrations are shown in Tishra Chapu, Khanda Chapu, Mishra Chapu and Sankeerna Chapu. The fundamental principle is the same for all. Heres an explanation for Tishra Chapu Formula. Repeat each of these two times.

  • Say Ta Ki Ta once for one cycle of the chapu.
  • Say Ta Ki ta once for two cycles of the chapu like Ta , Ki, Ta,
  • Say Ta Ki ta once for three cycles of the chapu like Ta ,, Ki,, Ta,,
  • Say Ta Ki ta once for four cycles of the chapu like Ta ,,, Ki,,, Ta,,,
  • Say Ta Ki ta once for five cycles of the chapu like Ta ,,,, Ki,,,, Ta,,,,
  • Then switch to higher speed and say Ta Ki Ta with each syllable expressed as a 9. Ta,,,,,,,, Ki,,,,,,,, Ta,,,,,,,,
  • (Make sure to do this twice to complete the cycle)
  • Say Ta Ki Ta with each syllable expressed as a 8. Ta,,,,,,, Ki,,,,,,, Ta,,,,,,,
  • Say Ta Ki Ta with each syllable expressed as a 7. Ta,,,,,, Ki,,,,,, Ta,,,,,,
  • Say Ta Ki Ta with each syllable expressed as a 6. Ta,,,,, Ki,,,,, Ta,,,,,
  • Say Ta Ki Ta with each syllable expressed as a 5. Ta,,,, Ki,,,, Ta,,,,
  • Say Ta Ki Ta with each syllable expressed as a 4. Ta,,, Ki,,, Ta,,,
  • Say Ta Ki Ta with each syllable expressed as a 3. Ta,, Ki,, Ta,,
  • Say Ta Ki Ta with each syllable expressed as a 2. Ta, Ki, Ta,
  • Say Ta Ki Ta
  • Give a finish as Ta ki Ta + Ta, Ki, Ta, + Ta ri ki ta tha ka (Farhan or higher speed version) + ta,, +Ta ri ki ta tha ka  + ta,, + Ta ri ki ta tha ka

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