Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Keharwa on the Tabla

Keharwa, a rhythmic cycle of 8 beats, is the most popular taal of non-classical Indian music. It is used mainly in folk, light music (film; bollywood), bhajans, and ghazals.

Given below is the theka of keharwa. The taal has two equally spaced internal divisions (vibhag) which implies that a pulse can be felt after every four beats. The major pulse (sam; first beat) occurs after every 8 beats and the minor pulse at the fifth beat is a khali.

Following the theka are three prakaars. A prakaar, the simplest type of improvisation in the world of tabla, is a variety of the theka that maintains the core structure of the taal.

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