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Article: Chatarang

By Shubhada Moghe

Chatarang is a very unique type of composition based in a particular raga. “Chata” means four & “rang” means colours or shades. Therefore, this type of composition has four different facets in its content:

  • Lyric
  • Swaras or notes, which can either be the ascent and descent of the raga or simply the pakad of the raga
  • Tarana words or syllables like dir-dir, tanom, tadare
  • Tabla or pakhwaj bol like dhirkit, tirkit
  • Chatarang compositions are set to any tala & and are sung like any other compositions in madhya laya or drut laya.



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