Taal

What is Lay?

Lay or tempo is everywhere around us. Sun rises daily because the earth rotates around the sun with a certain Lay or speed. A day is a periodic, cyclical event which starts at sunrise and ends at sunset. So there is a certain rhythm or tempo to it. Similarly, in music we maintain certain tempo. Initially, the vocalist starts in a slower speed...

What is Taal?

A Taal is a repeating cycle of certain beats called Bols. A cycle consists of a fixed number of beats. For example Dadra Taal contains 6 beats and Teen Tal has 16 beats. The first beat is called the “Sum”. Sum is easily noticeable because both the percussionist and the vocalist accentuate it during the performance. Just like a...

What are the different Taals used in a performance?

It is customary to start a Raag in a slow or Vilambit tempo. Typically vocalists use the Vilambit Ek Taal for the first composition. Vilambit Ek Taal has the same Bols used within Ek Tal but each beat in the 12 beat Ek Tal is expanded into 4 beats, resulting into a complete cycle of 48 beats. After rendering the composition in Vilambit Ek Taal,...