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Rupak tal is a common seven beat tal in Northern India.

Rupak tal may be found in almost any musical style.  It is found in film songs, kheyal, gazal, instrumental pieces; virtually any north Indian form.  The only forms where it is absent are the dhrupad and dhammar styles of singing; it is only absent in these styles because tivra tal serves the same function.

Rupak is unique among the tals in that the first beat ( i.e., the sam) is khali (i.e., represented by a wave of the hand).

The theka of rupak is uncomfortably similar to pashtu tal.  The only difference is that many musicians prefer to think of pashtu as consisting entirely of claps; while rupak tal begins with a wave of the hand.

The form of rupak is shown below:

Clapping/ Waving Arrangement

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

Number of Beats



Theka for Rupak Tal

Popular Songs

Film Songs in Rupak/Pashtu Tal (A-L)
Film Songs in Rupak/Pashtu Tal (M-Z)



Streaming Videos

Raga Chandrakauns - Rupaktal and Tintal


Ravi Shankar-Raga Todi Rupaktal Part 2


tabla compositions in rupak taal by Pt.Kishore Banerjee


Sitar Pracitice - Bhimpalasi in Rupak taal


Rashid Mustafa Thirkawa, Tabla solo, Rupak taal


Rupak: played by Manilal Nag and Sankha Chatterjee


K. Sridhar - Raag Zilla Kafi


Santoor Recital-Allauddin Khan Sangeet Samaroh


Tabla Solo: Rela in Rupak Taal


Amit Bhushan - Tabla - Rupak Taal



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