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Murki is a short taan or inverted mordent in Hindustani classical music, known as pratyahatam in Carnatic music.[1] It is a fast and delicate ornamentation or alankar, employing two or more notes and is similar to a mordent or ulta murki.[2][3] 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. Murkis may or may not be appropriate for a given raga. It is also employed in thumris and other lighter genres.[4]

In Punjab it is also called harkat.

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  1. ^ Emmie te Nijenhuis (1976). The Rāgas of Somanātha: Musical exemples. Part 2. Brill Archive. pp. 3–. ISBN 978-90-04-04873-7. Retrieved 14 July 2013.
  2. ^ Jan Laurens Hartong (2006). Musical Terms World Wide: A Companion for the Musical Explorer. Semar Publishers Srl. p. 165. ISBN 978-88-7778-090-4. Retrieved 14 July 2013.
  3. ^ Emmie Te Nijenhuis. Indian Music: History and Structure. BRILL. pp. 97–. ISBN 978-90-04-03978-0. Retrieved 14 July 2013.
  4. ^ Murki ITC Sangeet Research Academy.