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What is Gat in Indian Classical Music?

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What is Gat in Indian Classical Music?

What is Gat in Indian Classical Music?

Gat has been derived from the Sanskrit word 'gati', which means movement. A gat is played on harmonium, sitar, sarangi, sarod, flute, violin and santoor with any rhythm which can be slow or very fast. Gat is a fixed melody that includes two or more melody lines. The improvisation of a raga on an instrument starts with alap, jod and jhala. It is then followed by a gat in slow tempo. Actually any instrument, Indian or western routes to a gat when it starts to play in rhythm.
Gat is a fixed, melodic composition in Hindustani vocal or instrumental music. It is set in a specific raga, performed with rhythmic accompaniment by a tabla or pakhavaj, a steady drone, and melodic accompaniment by a sarangi, violin or harmonium. There are different ways of systematizing the parts of a composition. A bandish provides the literature element in the music, for standardly structured singing. In the past, many gharanas protected their bandishes from moving out of the family with gross incoherent vocal renditions. In the realm of vocal music, it is often known as Cheez.

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