Kaherava may be considered to be the most popular tal in Northern India. It is an eight-beat tal of the non-classical traditions. It is widely used in folk music, filmi sangeet, qawwali, rabindra sangeet, and gazal. It is not found in the classical traditions such as kheyal, tarana, dhrupad, and dhammar.
The broad popularity of kaherava tal is a bit misleading. Its popularity is skewed by the fact that the term kaherava is applied to a broad number of unrelated tals; therefore, virtually any four, eight, or sixteen matra tal of the non-classical traditions may be called kaherava. It should be no surprise that there are countless prakars (variations).
The "official" theka is shown below:
clap, 2, 3, 4, wave, 2, 3, 4
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