INDIAN MUSIC FORUM ARCHIVES: Tabla Forum: Teka and Tal

 

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Suresh
Teka and Tal Sep 27, 2003 10:23 a.m.


What is the the difference between playing a TEKA or playing a TAL. Are they the same or is there any difference. Please could someone elucidate this for me.
Gabriel
Re:Teka and Tal Sep 27, 2003 06:06 p.m.


Dear Suresh,

Theka is a conventionally established pattern of bols and vibhag (tali, khali) which define the tal.

This definition is taken from this web site !

Sincerely, Gabriel

Rohit
Re:Teka and Tal Sep 28, 2003 10:10 a.m.


a theka is a basic phrase within a tal. For example, tintal has a theka of
dha-dhin-dhin-dha-dha-dhin-dhin-dha-dha-tin-tin-ta-ta-dhin-dhin-dha

That is a theka in tintal, and this is a kaida in tintal,

dha-tite-dhadha-tite-dhadha-tite-dhadha-tuna-ta-tite-tata-tite-tata-tite-tata-tuna

both of the se are in tintal, which is 16 beats divided by 4. So the tal is the number of beats and its divisions. The theka is the basic way to express the tal.

I hope that helps you out.
Rohit

Suresh
Re:Teka and Tal Sep 29, 2003 05:57 a.m.


Gabriel said ....theka is conventionally established pattern of bols & Vibag....

Rohit said....Tal is the number of beats & Divisions

Is Tal definining the structure of time & division?

Is Teka is defining what bol is played within the structure?

Shawn
Re:Teka and Tal Sep 29, 2003 12:35 p.m.


Hi,

That's pretty much it:

Tal is the actual division of time into a certain number of matras (beats), with specifically placed vibhags (subdivisions), and a specific accent pattern (claps and waves).

Theka is the bols that are played to portray the tal in the realm of sound.

Shawn

Suresh
Re:Teka and Tal Sep 29, 2003 02:32 p.m.


Thanks you guys

That's cleared my head up.

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