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Jhala is undoubtedly the most characteristic of the instrumental styles.  Indian stringed instruments are noted by a few special purpose drone strings called chikari.  These strings are never fretted, but are struck whenever the tonic needs to be emphasized (i.e., Sa and Pa).  The jhala is a fast paced alternation of main melody string and chikari.  This lends itself to interesting permutations of both rag and tal simultaneously.  This exciting style has become an obligatory conclusion to any sitar or sarod recital.


Other Instrumental Styles


Instruments Well Suited To Jhala



Selected Video

ustad usman khan moirans-france 2006 end


Sitar home practice 4



Pt.Basant Kabra with Aditya Kalyanpur




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