Gamaka, aka: Gāmaka; 10 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Gamaka (गमक, “embellishments”) refers to an essential element of the sthāyas (technical phrases) of a rāga (melodic mode) in Indian classical music (gāndharva), according to the Saṅgītaśiromaṇi 14.83-94. Accordingly, “performing a note with a vibrato (prakampana) which has a very pleasing effect on the listener is what people call gamaka”.

There are fifteen aspects of gamaka (‘embellishment’ or ‘ornamentation’) defined:

  1. vali (wrinkle),
  2. āndolita (swung),
  3. līna (pressed),
  4. kampita (shaken),
  5. sphurita (trembling),
  6. tiripa (stressing),
  7. tribhinna (divided into three),
  8. kurula (curl),
  9. ullāsita (jumping),
  10. āhata (struck),
  11. huṃphita (humming),
  12. plavita (prolonged),
  13. mudrita (closed),
  14. nāmita (bent),
  15. miśrita (mixed),
Source: Wisdom Library: Saṅgītaśiromaṇi

Gamaka (गमक, “grace”).—Graces (gamakas) are the ornaments of notes, according to the 17th century Sangitadarpana (commentary 2-4). When, in singing, a note rises from its own pitch and moves towards another so that something of the expression of the second sound passes like a shadow over it, this is called a grace (gamaka). (Saṅgītasamayasāra 1.47) Gamakas, also called‘roaming about’ (caraṇa), are said to be of twenty-one kinds. (Saṅgītamakaranda 2.17) All the ways in which notes can be attacked, ornamented or resolved, are known under the general name of gamaka.

The grace that pleases the mind of the hearer is a gamaka. These are of fifteen different kinds, called tiripa (flurry), sphurita (throb), kampita (shake), līna (melting away), āndolita (swing), vali (ripple), tribhinna (threefold), kurula (curl), āhata (struck), ullāsita (laughing), plavita (overflow), gumphita (tied), mudrita (sealed), nāmita (obeisance), miśrita (mixed). See Saṅgītaratnākara 2.3.87-89

Source: Northern Indian Music Volume I

Gamaka (गमक, “ornamented note”) refers to ornamentation that is used in the performance of Indian classical music. Gamakas involve the variation of pitch of a note, using heavy forceful oscillations between adjacent and distant notes. Each raga (melodic tone) has specific rules on the types of gamakas that might be applied to specific notes, and the types that may not.

Source: WikiPedia: Natyashastra

Gamaka (गमक).—The sensational art of making a melody pulsate (svarasya kampaḥ) is called gamaka. “A gamaka is any graceful turn, curve or cornering touch given to a single note or a group of notes, which adds emphasis to each rāga’s individuality”. According to Saṅgīta-darpaṇa, there are fifteen different gamaka styles which are called: tiripa, sphurita, kampita, nīla, āndolita, bali, tribhinna, kuvala, āhata, unnamita, plavita, hankrita, mudrita, namita and miśrita. Other Indian music texts give other numbers of gamakas.

Source: Vrindavan Today: Govinda-lilamrita: Rasa-lila musicology
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Natyashastra (नाट्यशास्त्र, nāṭyaśāstra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition (śāstra) of performing arts, (nāṭya, e.g., theatrics, drama, dance, music), as well as the name of a Sanskrit work dealing with these subjects. It also teaches the rules for composing dramatic plays (nataka) and poetic works (kavya).

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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gāmaka : (m.) small village.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Gāmaka, 1. =gāma Vin.I, 208; J.I, 199 (Macala°), 253; IV, 431 (cora°); PvA.67 (Iṭṭhakāvatī and Dīgharājī); DhA.II, 25 (dvāra°).—2. a villager J.V, 107 (=gāmavāsin).

—āvāsa an abode in a village PvA.12; VvA.291. (Page 249)

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary
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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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Marathi-English dictionary

gamaka (गमक).—n (S Causing to go.) A proof, an evidence, an argument for: also support, sanction, authority, warrant, grounds for assurance or admission. 2 A deep expectorated tone in singing. Singers speak of three tones, ālāpha, jōra, gamaka.

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gamakā (गमका).—m P Airs, affectation, strutting, swelling, swaggering.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

gamaka (गमक).—n A proof, an evidence; support, sanction, authority. A deep ex- pectorated tone in singing.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

Gamaka (गमक).—a. (-mikā f.) [गम्-ण्वुल् (gam-ṇvul)]

1) Indicative or suggestive, a proof or index of; तदेव गमकं पाण्डित्यवैद- ग्ध्ययोः (tadeva gamakaṃ pāṇḍityavaida- gdhyayoḥ) Māl.1.7.

2) Convincing.

-kaḥ A kind of musical note (of which there are seven cf. svarotthāna- prakārastu gamakaḥ parikīrtitaḥ | sa kampitādibhedena smṛtaḥ saptavidho budhaiḥ || sthānaprāptyā dadhānaṃ prakaṭitagamakāṃ mandratāravyavasthām Nāg.1.12).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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