Overtone Singing

Baji J. Ram Rao
14:31 Sun. 23-Mar-2014

While traveling on Bombay's suburban local trains as a teenager in the early 1970s, I have heard beggars doing Overtone Singing (Tuvan Throat Singing) just to project louder than usual.
Overtone sung sounds carry a great distance.

The same was used by Chai wallahs on the railway platforms, for the same reason.

I believe that when Rahul Dev "Pancham" Burman, opened up the “दुनिया में लोगों को, ...” song in Apna Desh (1972), picturized on Rajesh Khanna in disguise,
he (RD Burman) was performing overtone singing.

Again he used it in the stanzas “कहती है ये नज़र, कब क्या हो क्या खबर? दुनिया में चंद लोग, होते हैं जादूगर !”

and in the line: “पिंजरे में चलके आप, आ जाता है शिकार”.

Anyway here are 7 styles of Tuvan Khoomei (Хөөмей) throat (overtone) singing, performed by a talented chap called Alexander Glenfield.

This is practiced by the Tuva people of southern Siberia.
Multiple pitches sound simultaneously over a fundamental pitch, producing a unique sound.

  1. Khoomei (Хөөмей) style
  2. Sygyt (Сыгыт) style
  3. Kargyraa (Каргыраа) style
  4. Dag Kargyraa (Каргыраа) style
  5. Ezenggileer (Эзеңгилээр) pulsating horseback style
  6. Khoomei Borbangnadyr (Хөөмей Борбаңнадыр)
  7. Chylandyk (Чыландык) style -- mix of Сыгыт and Каргыраа styles