Staff Notation/Score for Dharbar Varnam

  • Composition: “Chalamela” (Varnam)
  • Ragam: Dharbar
  • Thalam: Adi
  • Composer: Thiruvotriyur Tyagayyar
Dharbar Varnam Score - Page 1
Dharbar Varnam Score - Page 2

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Gamakams (Ornamentation)

One should be careful when reading carnatic music scores written in western notation. Notes carry complex oscillations and ornaments which are typically not notated. Take a look at this video:

Vidwan Akella Mallikarjuna Sharma demonstrates how the first few bars of this composition are played, with appropriate gamakams. Do compare the rendition with the written score.


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