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Category Darbar Festival 11 May 2019

What is taal (or tala)? Beyond just rhythm and providing a beat

Rhythm is the arrangement of time in all music and thought to be older and more fundamental than melody. Latently, all melody incorporates rhythm irrespective of whether or not it is actually played on a percussion instrument. In Indian classical music, whether ‘Hindustani’ (North Indian) or Carnatic (South Indian), rhythm is encapsulated in the concept of ‘taal’ (spelt and pronounced ‘tala’ in English) which means ‘clap.’ Loosely speaking, one may define it as ‘rhythm’ but, ...

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