6.1 The naghma-ye kashal in Rag Yeman

6.1 The naghma-ye kashal in Rag Yeman

Fingering chart for the Yemen mode

Fingering chart for the Yemen mode

This piece comes from the repertoire of Ustad Mohammad Omar. He played it in his celebrated concert with the young Zakir Hussain at the University of Washington in 1975 (released on CD by Smithsonian Folkways 2002). The astai of this naghma is a 32 matras composition. The antara is closely related to the astai, differing only in the notes of the first four matras, and is also 32 matras in length. Two other sections are the bhog and sanchari. I learned this piece from Ustad in 1973. In addition to the four main parts there are five paltas, which are to be interpolated in the sanchari, and a seh to conclude the piece. In the bhog the note Me is replaced by Ma in the 13th matra, and in the sanchari something similar happens in the 12th matra. These changes imply a modulation from Yeman to Yeman Kalyan. It is not clear why he should have played this way

Suggested tuning: Sa Re Ge Me Pe De Ni Sa1 Re1 Ge1 Ma1 Pe1 De11 Ni1 Sa2

arui Sa Re Ge Me Pe De Ni Sa1
amrui Sa1 Ni De Pe Me Ge Re Sa

complete performance

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shakl

1.Ni1ReSa
2.Ni1ReGeMePe
3. MeGeMeGeNi,ReSa
4.PeMeGeReGe
5.GeMeDePeMeGeNi,ReSa
6.GeMeDeNiSa1NiDePeMeGe
7.GeMeDeNiRe1Sa1NiDePeMeGe Ni1ReSa

astai

PePePeMeGe
PePePePeMe
DeDeDeMePe
GeGeNi1SaReGe
Ni1Ni1Ni1Ni1Ni1
SaSaPePe
GeGeNi1SaReGe
Ni1Ni1SaSa

antara

NiNiNiDeNi
PePePePeMe
DeDeDeMePe
GeGeNi1Sa ReGe
Ni1Ni1Ni1Ni1Ni1
SaSaPePe
GeGeNi1Sa ReGe
Ni1Ni1SaSa

bhog

PePePePe
MeDePeMeGeReGe
DeDePePe
GeMaGeReSaNi1Sa

sanchari

GeGeGeReRe
GeMePeNiNi
DePeGeMaMa
GeReNi1Sa

palta 1

SaReGeMePeDeNiSa1
NiDePeMeGeReSa
Sa1NiDePeMeGeReSa
Sa1NiDePeMeGeReSa

palta 2

Ni1SaReSaNi1SaGeRe
SaNi1SaMeGeReSaNi1
SaPeMeGeReSaNi1Sa
Sa1NiDePeMeGeReSa

palta 3

SaReGeReGeMeGeMe
PeMePeDePeDeNiDe
NiSa1NiDeNiDePeDe
PeMePeMeGeMeGeRe
GeReSaGeSaNi1Sa
Ni1SaReGeMePePe
Ni1SaReGeMePePe
Ni1SaReGeMePePe

palta 4

Ni1ReGeMeDeNiRe1Ge1
Re1Sa1NiDePeMeGeRe
SaPeMeGeReSaPeMe
GeReSaPeMeGeReSa

palta 5

NiSa1DeNiPeDeMePe
GeMeReGeSaReNi1Sa
NiSa1DeNiPeDeMePe
GeMeReGeSaReNi1Sa
NiSa1DeNiPeDeMePe
GeMeReGeSaReNi1Sa
–Pe–PeSa–Pe
–PeSa–Pe–Pe

seh

PeMeGeMePeNiDeNi
Sa1Sa1PeMeGeMe
PeNiDeNiSa1Sa1
PeMeGeMePeNiDeNi
Sa
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