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Chapter 30: Nine, Eleven, and Thirteen Matra Talas

 

Unlike the other chapters of this unit, nine, eleven, and thirteen matra talas are numbers where keeping time and composing melodies in these cycles are exceedingly difficult. Only skilled musicians can have the creativity to fit songs in these talas.

 

MATTA TALA

X

 

2

1

2

3

dhin

ti

ra

ki

ṭa

dhin

 

ṭa

 

 

 

4

5

6

dhin

dhā

ge

dhā

0

 

 

7

8

9

ti

ra

ki

ṭa

dhin

ti

ra

 

Figure 30.1

AUDIO CLIP: Figure 30.1

Matta tala can be viewed as a three sets of three matra phrases. Overall, it is a pretty simple nine matra tala.

 

ANK TALA

X

 

2

 

1

2

3

4

dhā

 

dhin

 

 

0

 

5

6

7

8

ka

dhet

 

 

 

9

 

 

 

Figure 30.2

AUDIO CLIP: Figure 30.2

This is an even simpler nine matra tala viewed as two sets of four and half matra phrases.

 

RUDRA TALA

X

 

 

2

 

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

dhā

dhin

ka

dhet

dhet

dhā

 

0

 

 

 

 

7

8

9

10

11

 

ga

ti

ra

ki

ṭa

ga

di

ga

na

 

 

Figure 30.3

AUDIO CLIP: Figure 30.3

Rudra Tala is an eleven beat tala used in pakhawaj music. This tala is almost extinct.

 

CAMPAKA SAVARI TALA

X

 

 

 

2

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

dhin

dhā

kat

dhin

ti

ra

dhin

 

 

0

 

3

 

 

7

8

9

10

11

 

tin

kat

ti

ra

dhin

dhin

dhin

te

 

 

Figure 30.4

AUDIO CLIP: Figure 30.4

This is another type of savari tala. This tala, unlike rudra tala, has more popularity, as Ustad Alla-rakkha introduced Western audiences to this eleven matra tala in the form of a tabla solo.

 

VISVA TALA

X

 

2

 

1

2

3

4

dhā

dhin

dhi

ka

3

0

4

 

5

6

7

8

dhet

dhet

dhi

ka

5

0

 

6

9

10

11

12

dhet

ti

ṭa

ka

ṭa

ga

di

 

 

13

 

ga

na

 

 

Figure 30.5

AUDIO CLIP: Figure 30.5

This tala has thirteen matras. Like rudra tala, this tala is also going into extinction, although efforts have been made to keep this tala alive.

UPDATED: June 20, 2009