Pansori literally means songs at a place of entertainment as "pan" signifies
the place of performance while "sori" means the
what exactly is a pansori? Its literal definition of
songs at a place of entertainment isn't too clear.
Pansori is usually performed by two
people, one person
plays the drum while the other chants
a song in a folk style. This song,
however, is not like the songs that we enjoy today.
Instead, the song resembles more of an epic or a narrative, that is quite lengthy at times, sung
in a rhythmic fashion much like a folk song. As previously
mentioned, one performer
plays the drum or puk
by using a stick
to strike the wooden barrel of the drum with his right
hand while pounding the drum head with his left palm.
The singer, usually holding a folding
fan and a handkerchief, tells a folk tale with a combination
and pallim(body expressions).
The drummer provides
the singer with a rhythmic pattern and various tempos
that compliment th storyline and the mood of the singer.
The drummer also gives chuimsae or calls of encouragement to
urge on the singer as well as to excite the audience.
A good drummer is crucial not only to the singer
but also to the overall performance of the pansori.