Hello ! This is a message I had planned to post to SCIT a long time ago. I sent this to Sri Prasad Chodavarapu for his comments first. He then forwarded this to Sri Pillalamarri Ramakrishna and informed me about the existence of telusA and since that time I have hardly ever visited SCIT. I never did post this one !! So here is my chance to let people know of my experience in learning to read padyams. Hope you enjoy it ! Ramakrishna |
! school 9, 10 Ũ Ϟ ŧ ɡ , ŧ ʧ ʞ. ë¨ Ū school ɡʥ. Ü ŧ¦¨ Ŝƭ §Í , , ì ͟. ϜŨ Í ¨ ¨ŏ ǫ ʳ. " 娥¨ ¦͜ ... ¨ ... 10 ˜ ... " ¨ Ϟʬō ¦¨ ¨ ; ƙ . So what is the way around this ?!! . ũ љ Ϟ љ ç ʬ ( ç¥ !) practice ʬ ϜϏ ¬ Í Ĭ ¨ ŏśϏ ¨ ¦. The following is the way, I stumbled upon, to do this: ¥ áϞ :- ϙ ĥř§ ϟ ƛ ϙ ϙ ϙ ħ ¥ Ƨ ϙ ˩Í ʙ ʧÍ ϙ ϙ ϙ ϣ ϙ ϙ ϙ ɍ ɞ ª ś ß !! (yes this IS an utpalamAla padyam with 5 lines instead of 4) ϞŨ ¨ŏ ϙ ϙ ϙ .... pattern Ϟ. Suppose Ŝ ¬ ? try ʳ : ϙ ϙ |______ ˜ ____| 10 Actually I am cheating here. I did not make out this total pattern in one attempt. Ϟ " " ¨ ͬ ũ ŧũ ³. ũ ũÍ Ĩ groups ʳ. U I I U I U I I I U I I U I I U I U I U ϙ ϙ ϙ ϙ ϙ ϙ ϙ |______ ˜ ____| 10 ˜ Ş¨ Í natural break Ϟ, some what like the ɣ in a ® cycle. pattern ŏśϏ é ƙϙ correct Ϟ !! ϙ ϙ ϙ ĥ § ϙ ¡ ϙ ħ Íç Ƨ Í ϙ ˩ Í ä Í ϙ ϙ ϙ Ũ ϙ ɍ Ş ś ß !! ç ¬Ϟō, Ϟō ¨. § Ü çϙ ǜ ŧ . pattern ϙ¨ "ϙ" ¨ ʞ. č ¬ō pattern . Just make sure that you get a natural pause at the position : " " Ŝ 娥¨ : |____ ˜ ___| 10 娥¨ ũ natural ϡ¨ try ʳ. And I stumbled upon another interesting fact: There is NO difference between the two patterns (!!), except for the initial ŧũ (U) of 娥¨ becoming two ũ (II) in ϡ¨. On further investigation I realized that the ǜ of Ϟ have been grouped into pairs such that the beginning ŧũ (U) of one is made into 2 ũ (II) in the other, the other ŧũ , ũ and remaining the same - i.e at the same position in the pattern, which is now displaced by one . The co-ǜ of 娥¨ is ϡ ¨. So while 娥¨ is |____ ˜ ___| 10 ϡ¨ : ( ) is |____ ˜ _____| 11 (for the Doubting Thomases (:-) :- I I I I U I U I I I U I I U I I U I U I U |____ ˜ _____| 11 ) the is not disturbed. Similarly the patterns for the co-ǜ and § are § : ϙ ϙ ϙ ϙ ϙϙ |_________ ˜ _________| 13 : ϙ ϙ ϙ ϙ ϙϙ |_________ ˜ __________| 14 Again the co-vRttAs ͍è and are : ͍è : ͍è ͍è ͍è ͍è |____ ˜ ____| 11 |____ ˜ ____| 11 : |_____ ˜ _____| 12 So I made myself out these patterns and started reading poems breaking the syllables according to these patterns I made. Thus I can now recognise whether or not a is "CandO" tically correct by testing it against the pattern as I read it. I am not saying that this is the only method to gain mastery over but this is the one I discovered. I would like to know if anybody else made a conscious effort like I did (or were they fortunate enough to develop a feel for the poems without any such conscious effort ?) and if so what technique they used. If you liked this I will write next time about the other metres - Ĭ, Ĝ, and Ϟ. Thanks for y'alls attention. -- ¥ǫ |