This course will focus on the varied aspects and nuances of Hindustani rhythm. We will learn to sing and clap different tala (rhythmic cycles), and study different composition styles. Tala is the rhythmic language developed to express the wide soundscape of the tabla, a language reproduced through the voice with “bol,” meaning “to speak,” which is a code of onomatopoeic syllables.
We will cover the different tala, including Tintal, Jhaptal, Rupak, Keherwa, and Dadra, along with different aspects of Hindustani rhythm:
Kayda: improvisational composition present in many rhythm cycles with specific rhythmic and aesthetic rules regarding the development of phrases.
Tihai: rhythmic sequence used to conclude a composition.
Peshkar: typical movement of a tabla solo performance consisting of different rhythmic aspects.
Layakari: rhythmic modulations.
We will also look at fixed rhythmic compositions: Tukra, Ghat, Paran, and Chakradar.
The course is open to anyone interested in Hindustani rhythm, drummers and other instrumentalists alike. In order to focus on the rhythmic content, students should be relatively comfortable on their instrument.