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by Steve Landsberg

The Tarparan is a piece in which the veena or Surbahar player adapts the rhythmic-syllabled patterns (parans) of the drummer and plays them with his right hand upon the wire (tar) while at the same time being mindful of the note patterns of the melodic form. Sometimes these parans will be spoken by mouth before being played on the instrument. Here is an example of a short paran:

Det det dete dete
taki tadha -na dha
(de ta krtak gadigina dha) 3 times