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Laya Lahiri : Tala Terminologies Continued

Welcome back to the next episode of 'Laya Lahari'.  Continuing on introducing the tala terminologies, Suri talks about various speeds or 'kaalam' in this episode.

The commonly used speeds are first, second, third and fourth - keezh kaalam, Madhyama kaalam, Mel kaalam or Dhuritha kaalam and Athi Mel kaalam.

In general, Madhyama kaalam is twice the speed of Keezh kaalam and Mel kaalam is twice the speed of Madhyama kaalam and so on…

By taking the phrase, 'Tha-ka-di-na',  Suri demonstrates the various speeds that Mridangam artistes commonly play in concert platforms.

More terms to be discussed in the coming weeks, do stay tuned!

Laya Lahiri section discusses the fundamentals of rhythm or laya, which forms an integral part of Carnatic music. Vidwan Thillaisthanam R. Suriyanarayanan explains the common and 'must-know' aspects of laya through his mridangam demonstrations. (Explanations in Tamil) This is by no means exhaustive but we hope this would be a good beginner's guide for rasikas to get started with percussion in Carnatic music.