I already linked to this amazing video in the Percussion and pattern thread:
… but I thought it deserved it’s own thread. As I understand it, konnakol is solkattu for a performance setting.
Here is another duet, this time a (pre-pandemic!) remote collaboration by B C Manjunath (who also composed the above) and Varijashree Venugopal:
I really find these performances astonishing. From the youtube description of the second one;
75/16 = 1/4+1/16+2/4+2/16+3/4+3/16+4/4+4/16+5/4+5/16
Fortunate for having amazing Varijashree Venugopal in this video. I have been wanting to do a collab with VV for a long time. Trust me she got this whole thing executed in a jiffy.
Video starts off with single time Teermana by VV, then moves on to two times but alternating between me and VV. Most exciting part of video happens from 0.44 where VV starts off with reverse tala and next cycle I go into reverse tala and then we come back together to the same pattern at around 1.06 in the third cycle of three times teermana. Finally we end with Muktaya or korvai with three kinds of variations.
It has been an exciting thought process and execution doing this video where i did my part in India and VV did her part in USA. Thanks to technology and thanks to social media.
Hope you all are able to appreciate the intricacies and finess behind this video.
I love it but there is only so much that can be understood by listening and reading I think… So I managed to pluck up courage to sign up for an online konnakol course with B C Manjunath. Wish me luck!