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Chapter 31: Uncommon Talas Beyond Sixteen Matras

 

The highest matra number for talas that we have worked with is sixteen matras. For an elementary student, it becomes quite unfathomable to think of talas beyond sixteen. Approaches on how to play and sing along with talas beyond sixteen matras becomes a wonder everyone tries to ponder on. As their ambiguity is so great, not much can be said about their form, except the matra numbers. In addition, all of these talas featured here are pakhawaj talas. The numbers beyond sixteen matras are virtually endless. However, we will stop at the twenty matra Arjuna tala.

 

VISNU TALA

X

 

 

 

2

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

dhin

dhi

ṭa

dhi

ṭa

dhet

dhet

3

 

 

 

4

 

7

8

9

10

11

12

dhi

ṭa

dhi

ṭa

dhi

ṭa

dhet

dhet

5

 

6

 

 

 

13

14

15

16

17

 

dhi

ṭa

dhā

ki

ṭa

 

 

Figure 31.1

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Seventeen matra tala.

 

UP-TALA JHAMPAKA

X

 

2

 

 

0

 

3

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

8

dhin

dhin

dhin

tin

dhin

dhin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Figure 31.2

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Eight and half matra tala, also known as rupam-tala. Some musicians prefer to see this as a whole number tala: seventeen matras.

 

LAKSMI TALA

X

 

 

 

 

1

2

3

4

5

dhā

ti

ra

ki

ṭa

dhet

2

 

 

 

0

6

7

8

9

10

dhā

ge

ti

ṭa

dhi

ṭa

dhi

ṭa

 

0

 

 

3

11

12

13

14

15

dhi

ṭa

dhi

ṭa

ti

ṭa

 

4

 

 

16

17

18

 

ka

ṭa

ga

di

ga

na

 

 

Figure 31.3

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Eighteen matra talas

 

GANESA TALA

X

 

 

 

1

2

3

4

dhā

ki

ṭa

dhi

ṭa

dhā

2

 

 

 

5

6

7

8

dhet

dhi

ṭa

3

 

0

 

9

10

11

12

dhi

ṭa

dhi

ṭa

din

4

 

5

 

13

14

15

16

dhi

ṭa

ti

ra

ki

ṭa

 

 

 

17

18

 

ga

di

ga

na

 

 

Figure 31.4

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Another nice eighteen matra tala.

 

SESA TALA

X

 

 

 

1

2

3

4

dhā

ge

ti

ṭa

2

 

 

 

5

6

7

8

dhā

ge

ti

ṭa

0

 

 

 

9

10

11

12

ki

ṭa

kat

ka

3

 

 

 

13

14

15

16

dhā

ge

ti

ṭa

4

5

 

 

17

18

19

 

dhā

ki

ṭa

 

 

Figure 31.5

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KRSNA TALA

X

 

 

 

2

 

 

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

dhin

dhi

ṭa

dhi

ṭa

dhā

dhi

ṭa

dhi

ṭa

dhā

3

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

9

10

11

12

13

14

15

16

dhi

ṭa

dhi

ṭa

dhi

ṭa

ka

ti

ṭa

ti

ṭa

4

 

 

 

 

17

18

19

20

 

ti

ra

ki

ṭa

ga

di

ga

na

 

 

Figure 31.6

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ARJUNA TALA

X

 

 

 

2

 

3

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

dhā

dhī

ka

dhet

0

 

4

 

5

 

0

 

9

10

11

12

13

14

15

16

dhī

ka

dhet

dhā

ge

 

 

6

 

 

17

18

19

20

 

ti

ra

ki

ṭa

ga

di

ga

na

 

 

Figure 31.7

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Twenty matra tala

UPDATED: June 20, 2009