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 LESSONS in Indian Music

Tabla Lesson 5

Kayda

Kayda means a rule. All these kaydas are traditional compositions, which are fixed. Meaning whatever we play in the Kayda is composed by some of the great maestro of the instrument. The Kayda consist of a Main Theme, which is called as the Main Kayda.

After this main theme the variations follow. These variations also are to be played following certain rules, like only those bols can be used which are used in the Main Kayda.

Each of these variations is called as Palta. Each kayda consist of 5 to 6 palta and the total presentation of the Kayda ends with a Tihai. Tihai is a group of bols (phrase) which is to be played three times for getting right on the first beat which is called as the Suum (Sam).

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