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Tintal is without any doubt the most common tal in the north Indian classical system of music.  It is variously referred to as teental or trital.  These names all reflect the three claps of its vibhags structure.

The structure of tintal is so amazingly symmetrical that it presents a very simple rhythmic structure against which a performance can be laid.  It is composed of four vibhags of four matras each.  These vibhags are represented by a clap, clap, wave, and a clap.

The structure of tintal is shown below:

Clapping/ Waving Arrangement

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

Number of Beats



Theka for Tintal

Popular Songs

Film Songs in Tintal/Punjabi Theka

Tabla Composition Database

4/8/16 Beat Compositions for Tabla



Selected Video

Tabla solo, tintal


Ustad Zakir Hussain -- Vintage Teental Solo


Ustad Allah Rakha & Zakir Hussain Tabla Solo Teental


AnatoAli-(sitar)- AnindoChatterjee(-tabla)Riga 1999(Pt.2)


Anindo Chatterjee Tabla Solo Teental


Ustad Amir Khan - Raag Darbari Kanada, drut, teental




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