Rajesh: here is a link to the Montreal pallavi (courtesy abhifan101 on youtube).
sankarAbharaNanai ninai manamE dinamE sada sivahttp://youtu.be/KvcWMyNWsWk
Thanks Mahavishnu for the sample. Abhishek lucidly explains the mixed nadai and so I could follow the structure.
Given the 16 counts before arudhi, he has to start the pallavi 4 kandam sub-beats ( splits ) into the first beat, so 1 + 3 * 5 = 16 gets him to the arudhi.
Arithmetic wise it all makes sense. Question. Abhishek sings the pallavi line the same way in both ways of reckoning the thalam.
I do not sense a kandam and trisram pulses ( as in the typical case if a beat is split into 5 and 3 parts respectively ) and the stressed portions of the line do not fall on the beat. I am curious what is achieved musically? Does this set him up for different types and flavors of pallavi renditions during trikalam, anuloma, pratiloma or during niraval and kalapanaswara or the difference is only in the different way of externally keeping the thalam?