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A murki is cluster of notes that sounds like a short, subtle taan. A murki can also comprise a series of such short clusters. A murki is less forceful than a khatka or a zamzama. A combination like R R S S could be a murki or a khatka or the starting point of a zamzama, depending on the force of delivery.

Although some special murkis are used in khayal singing, it is really a very handy device for a thumri singer. In fact, the bols of a thumri, the ragas they are normally set to and the mood of this form of singing especially demand the usage of murkis. Thus, thumris are often built around this alankar.

Ajoy Chakrabarty first begins with “dekhe” sung forcefully, zamzama-style and immediately sings the same bol in a far more refined manner employing the murki. He goes on singing different murkis in bols and for better understanding, repeats them in sargams as well.

A profusion of murkis using the bols of a thumri by Ajoy Chakrabarty.


Meend Kan Sparsh Krintan Andolan
Gamak Kampit Khatka/Gitkari Zamzama Murki

Combination of Alankars in recital


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