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Tabla Class Notes

Beginner's TiTe Kayda
  • Practice this kayda by starting in even-tempo (baraabar laya) such that you can comfortably double the tempo (dogun).
  • Play each variation (prakar or bal) 2-4 times or as many times as your time, energy (and patience) will allow.
  • The phrase groupings and permutation arrangement/s inside the prakars are shown by grouping sequences of bols in different colors.
  • The tail half of each line of the prakar derives from the theme of the kayda and is shown in white.
  • The progression from one prakar to the next can be seen by comparing adjacent prakars and noting the bols grouped in different colors.
  • In the table below, "--" indicates one silent matra or beat.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
The theme of the kayda.

Kayda

Dha Dha Ti Te Dha Dha Tin Na Ta Ta Ti Te Dha Dha Dhin Na
Variations I-IV belong to one group. Here, the phrase Dha Dha Ti Te is manipulated.

Prakar
I

Dha Dha Ti Te Dha Dha Ti Te Dha Dha Ti Te Dha Dha Tin Na
Ta Ta Ti Te Ta Ta Ti Te Dha Dha Ti Te Dha Dha Dhin Na

Prakar
II

Dha Dha Ti Te Ti Te Dha Dha Dha Dha Ti Te Dha Dha Tin Na
Ta Ta Ti Te Ti Te Ta Ta Dha Dha Ti Te Dha Dha Dhin Na

Prakar
III

Ti Te Dha Dha Ti Te Dha Dha Dha Dha Ti Te Dha Dha Tin Na
Ti Te Ta Ta Ti Te Ta Ta Dha Dha Ti Te Dha Dha Dhin Na

Prakar
IV

Ti Te Dha Dha Dha Dha Ti Te Dha Dha Ti Te Dha Dha Tin Na
Ti Te Ta Ta Ta Ta Ti Te Dha Dha Ti Te Dha Dha Dhin Na
Variations V-VIII constitute a group. Here, two phrases, Dha Dha Ti Te and Ti Te Ti Te, are manipulated.

Prakar
V

Dha Dha Ti Te Ti Te Ti Te Dha Dha Ti Te Dha Dha Tin Na
Ta Ta Ti Te Ti Te Ti Te Dha Dha Ti Te Dha Dha Dhin Na

Prakar
VI

Ti Te Dha Dha Ti Te Ti Te Dha Dha Ti Te Dha Dha Tin Na
Ti Te Ta Ta Ti Te Ti Te Dha Dha Ti Te Dha Dha Dhin Na

Prakar
VII

Ti Te Ti Te Dha Dha Ti Te Dha Dha Ti Te Dha Dha Tin Na
Ti Te Ti Te Ta Ta Ti Te Dha Dha Ti Te Dha Dha Dhin Na

Prakar
VIII

Ti Te Ti Te Ti Te Dha Dha Dha Dha Ti Te Dha Dha Tin Na
Ti Te Ti Te Ti Te Ta Ta Dha Dha Ti Te Dha Dha Dhin Na
Variations IX-XI constitute another group. Here the 3-3-2 pattern of bols is permuted in three different ways.

Prakar
IX

Dha Ti Te Dha Ti Te Ti Te Dha Dha Ti Te Dha Dha Tin Na
Ta Ti Te Ta Ti Te Ti Te Dha Dha Ti Te Dha Dha Dhin Na

Prakar
X

Dha Ti Te Ti Te Dha Ti Te Dha Dha Ti Te Dha Dha Tin Na
Ta Ti Te Ti Te Ta Ti Te Dha Dha Ti Te Dha Dha Dhin Na

Prakar
XI

Ti Te Dha Ti Te Dha Ti Te Dha Dha Ti Te Dha Dha Tin Na
Ti Te Ta Ti Te Ta Ti Te Dha Dha Ti Te Dha Dha Dhin Na
Variations XII-XV constitute a group. The phrase Dha Ti Te Dha is manipulated by introducing silent periods.

Prakar
XII

Dha Ti Te Dha Dha Ti Te Dha Dha Ti Te Dha Dha Dha Tin Na
Ta Ti Te Ta Ta Ti Te Ta Dha Ti Te Dha Dha Dha Dhin Na

Prakar
XIII

Dha Ti Te Dha -- Ti Te Dha Dha Ti Te Dha Dha Dha Tin Na
Ta Ti Te Ta -- Ti Te Ta Dha Ti Te Dha Dha Dha Dhin Na

Prakar
XIV

Dha Ti Te Dha -- Ti Te Dha -- Ti Te Dha Dha Dha Tin Na
Ta Ti Te Ta -- Ti Te Ta -- Ti Te Dha Dha Dha Dhin Na

Prakar
XV

-- Ti Te Dha -- Ti Te Dha -- Ti Te Dha Dha Dha Tin Na
-- Ti Te Ta -- Ti Te Ta -- Ti Te Dha Dha Dha Dhin Na
A simple one avartan tihaai (lasting one cycle). Shown in baraabar laya (single speed).

Tihaai I
1x

Dha Dha Ti Te Dha -- Dha Dha Ti Te Dha -- Dha Dha Ti Te
Dha
Tihaai I played in dogun (double speed). In dogun, tihaai I has to be preceded by one (or an odd number of) instance/s of the kayda theme.

Tihaai I
2x

Dha Dha Ti Te Dha Dha Tin Na Ta Ta Ti Te Dha Dha Dhin Na Dha Dha Ti Te Dha -- Dha Dha Ti Te Dha -- Dha Dha Ti Te
Dha

A chakkardar tihaai (a "recursive" tihaai). Each of the three identical phrases of tihaai II below, contains tihaai I inside of it, with a "preamble" (the phrase Dha Dha Ti Te). This tihaai should be started from the sam in dogun also.

Tihaai II
1x

Dha Dha Ti Te Dha Dha Ti Te Dha -- Dha Dha Ti Te Dha --
Dha Dha Ti Te Dha -- Dha Dha Ti Te Dha Dha Ti Te Dha --

Dha Dha Ti Te Dha -- Dha Dha Ti Te Dha -- Dha Dha Ti Te

Dha Dha Ti Te Dha -- Dha Dha Ti Te Dha -- Dha Dha Ti Te

Dha


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