The Andolan alankar is a gentle swing or oscillation that starts from a fixed note and touches the periphery of an adjacent note. What is special about the Andolan is, that in the course of the oscillation, it touches the microtones or shrutis that exist in between. The note that is being oscillated within an Andolan is known as andolit swar. It must be noted that these andolit swars are raga specific and should not be applied to any raga that uses these notes.
- For a clear understanding, Shruti Sadolikar first sings the komal rishabh (r) of Bhairav that is andolit and moves within the periphery of S. Note that the shruti (microtone) of this r is lower than the ordinary r. Next, she sings the same r in Todi. Here the swar is in the periphery of komal gandhar (g). The shruti of r here is slightly higher than the ordinary r and much higher than Bhairav’s r. She also sings g in Mian Malhar, which is moving between M and R. She continues to sings the same raga in sargam and includes komal nishad, n, (andolit with Dhaivat, D) as well. Anodolan- Track 28 Andolan Ssk
- Guru Ulhas Kashalkar sings komal dhaivat, d and komal gandhar, g of raga Darbari Kanhada, one of the best examples of andolit swars. Moving between komal and pancham, please note that the d is really ati-komal. The same goes for g which is once again ati-komal. Anodolan- Track 29 Andolan - Uk