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Teen Taal


Tintal is without any doubt the most common tal in the north Indian classical system of music. It is variously referred to as teental or trital. These names all reflect the three claps of its vibhags structure.

The structure of tintal is so amazingly symmetrical that it presents a very simple rhythmic structure against which a performance can be laid. It is composed of four vibhags of four matras each. These vibhags are represented by a clap, clap, wave, and a clap.

The structure of tintal is shown below:
CLAPPING/ WAVING ARRANGEMENT :clap, 2, 3, 4, clap, 2, 3, 4, wave, 2, 3, 4, clap, 2, 3, 4
NUMBER OF BEATS :16
THEKA:
Dhaa Dhin Dhin Dhaa Dhaa Dhin Dhin Dhaa
Dhaa Tin Tin Naa Naa Dhin Dhin Dhaa

by David Courtney, Ph.D

 
Beats 16 Jaati Chatushra
Taali 1 - 5 - 13 Khaali 9
Division 4/4/4/4

Note : The beat number is shown on top of the bol and taali khaali markings are shown below the bol. To make it visually easy to read the taal is written in a certain format which is NOT according to its division. So please look at the division carefully and dont go on the visual representation for the division of a taal.
Bol
1
Dhaa
+
2
Dhin
 
3
Dhin
 
4
Dhaa
 
5
Dhaa
2
6
Dhin
 
7
Dhin
 
8
Dhaa
 
9
Dhaa
o
10
Tin
 
11
Tin
 
12
Taa
 
13
Taa
3
14
Dhin
 
15
Dhin
 
16
Dhaa
 
Teental (16 beats) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
                 
Basic Beat
Dah
Dhin
Dhin
Dah
Dah
Dhin
Dhin
Dah
 
Dah
Toon
Toon
Na
Na
Dhin
Dhin
Dah
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Double Speed
DahDhin
DhinDah
DahDhin
DhinDah
DahToon
ToonNa
NaDhin
DhinDah
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Very Slow (Veelambit) Used in solo performances or Kathak dance accompaniment
Dha--
--TraKe
Dhin--
--TraKe
Dhin
Dhin
Dha--
TraKe
DhaGe
TarKe
Dhin--
DhaDha
Dhin
Dhin
Dha--
TraKe
DhaTi
DahTi
Toon--
TraKe
Toon
Toom
Na--
TraKe
NaGe
TraKe
Dhin--
DhaDha
Dhin
Dhin
Dha--
TraKe

 



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