Pakar - Cognitive Phrase

This is an easy method of distinguishing a Raga from other similar forms in the same or similar modes. It is a phrase consisting of a minimum collection of notes that basically spell out the gist of the Raga. By repeating this phrase over and over again the Raga form becomes stronger. This is also referred to as a catch phrase. While performing on a Raga one has to be careful in that other similar Ragas do not gain domination or controlling influence. The intricate variations in melodic formations in Ragas of the same mode can sometimes tend to confuse. Although exact knowledge of the note groupings is essential in producing the true form of a Raga, nevertheless, knowing the catch phrase or pakar provides a handy and convenient approach. It helps to eliminate the unwanted but identical elements and thus saves unnecessary mental strain.


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