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Dadra Theka, Variations and Tihai-s

The Light Classical Taal in 6 Beats

An Article by Peyman Nasehpour © 2002


Introduction

There are so many light classical taals. The two of them, kaharba (8 beats) and dadra (6 beats), are the most common. In this article I give some dadra variations.


Dadra Theka from [D]:

Dadra is in 6 beats divided into 3+3. The dadra theka is:

Dha Dhi Na Na Tu Na

Dadra Variations

Dadra Variation No. 1 from [D]:

Dha Ga Dhi Na Ge Na Na Ka Tu Na Ke Na



Dadra Variation No. 2 from [D]:

Dha -- Te Te Dha Ti Dha Ga Tu Na Ke Na
Ta -- Te Te Ta Ti Dha Ga Dhi Na Ge Na



Dadra Variation No. 3 from [D]:

Dha Ti Dha Na Tu Na Ta Ti Dha Na Dhi Na


Dadra Variation No. 4 from [D]:

Tu Na Dha Ti Dha Na Tu Na Ta Ti Ta Na



Now I give the variations that I have composed them some years ago. It is quite natural that some people have composed sinilar or the same variations.

Dha Ge Na Na Tu Na Ta Ke Na Na Dhi Na

Ti Dha Ge Na Dha Ti Dha Ga Tu Na Ke Na
Ti Ta Ke Na Dha Ti Dha Ga Dhi Na Ge Na

Dha Ge Na Na Te Te Ta Ge Dha Na Te Te

Dha Ge Na Dha Dhi Na Ge Na TeRe KeTe Tu Na
Ta Ke Na Ta Tu Na Ke Na TeRe KeTe Dhi Na

Dha Ti Dha Na TeRe KeTe Dha Ti Dha Na Tu Na
Ta Ti Ta Na TeRe KeTe Dha Ti Dha Na Dhi Na

Dhe Te Dhe Te TeRe KeTe Dha Ga Tu Na Ke Na
Te Te Te Te TeRe KeTe Dha Ga Dhi Na Ge Na



Tihai-s for Dadra:

Here I give a general formula for dadra tihai:

A B C D E F
Dha, -- -- A B C
D E F Dha, -- --
A B C D E F
Dha.

An Example for Dadra Tihai

Dha Ga Dhi Na Ge Na
Dha, -- -- Dha Ga Dhi
Na Ge Na Dha, -- --
Dha Ga Dhi Na Ge Na
Dha.

It is obvious that it is possible to use ektaal tihai for dadra tihai also.



Reference:

[D]: Aloke Dutta, Tabla (Lessons and Practice), 2nd Edition, Texas, 1995.