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Dipchandi also known as Chanchar or Chochar and is a moderately popular 14 beat tal in northern India.  It may roughly be translated to mean "lamplight".  This tal is divided into four vibhags (measures) of 3, 4, 3 and 4 matras.  These vibhags are denoted by a clap, clap, wave, and clap respectively.

Today, there are two common prakars of dipchandi.  There is one which is used in film songs and light music and another which is used in semiclassical forms such as the thumri.  The one which is used in thumri is general considered the "official" version, and is the one which is shown here.

Clapping/ Waving Arrangement

clap, 2, 3, clap, 2, 3, 4, wave, 2, 3, clap, 2, 3, 4

Number of Beats



Theka for Dipchandi Tal

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