konnakol (the sound of)

Tonight’s Quadrille challenge at dVerse offered by Victoria is to write a 44 word poem including the word Sound.

This is a poem built from phrases I learned during a Konnakol workshop.


that thom kitta tha’ka

daka dari kitta tha’ka

that thom kitta tha’ka


tha’ka juna thari kitta

thatta thikka kitta juna

tha’ka juna thari kitta


thom kitta that thom kitta tha’ka

thakka dari kitta tha’ka

thom kitta that thom kitta tha’ka

thakka dari kitta thom


Konnakol (also spelled Konokol, Konakkol) (Tamil: கொன்னக்கோல்) is the art of performing percussion syllables vocally in South Indian music, the Carnatic music (South Indian classical) performance art of vocal percussion. Konnakol is the spoken component of solkattu, which refers to a combination of konnakol syllables spoken while simultaneously counting the tala (meter) with the hand.[1]
The term ‘Indian Scat’ used in the video below is not correct but the performance is a fantastic example of Konnakol in action.

19 thoughts on “konnakol (the sound of)

  1. jillys2016 says:

    Do love Konnakol! I found myself bobbing to the rhythm. The rhythms of this world are in your words – and in frog chirps, turn signals, keyboard clicks, tires on the highway… Thank you for sharing this!

  2. lillian says:

    WOW!!!! I am forwarding on this entire post to my son-in-law, Kevin Siegfried. He lived in India with a family for, I believe, 6 months, after graduating University — and studied Carnactic music. He is a successful composer, mostly of choral music and is Professor at Boston Conservatory. He will love this post! As did I. If you’re at all interested, you can google him and his website has a lot of his music, in performance. He is debuting a new piece in Washington DC in early June that includes a glass armonica … that is the correct spelling. Have you heard of that instrument? It strikes me that you and he would have lots and lots to talk about!!!
    This is an amazing post!!!

  3. Sascha Darlington says:

    It’s always lovely to learn something new, especially when it comes to music. ‘Fraid I can’t comment on your poem, except it is fun to try to say…my eyes see lots of kitties and tom kitties. 🙂

  4. Bodhirose says:

    Dang, totally cool! You could see the one guy counting the meter with his fingers…so fast…whoo! Thanks, Paul. Now after listening to the video I could “hear” your poem better.

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