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Tilwada is a variant of tintal.  The number of beats, the vibhag structure, the clapping, waving, all are identical to tintal.  Even the bols of the theka are so similar that it could be declared a prakar rather than a separate tal.  However, we will bow to common usage and consider tilwada to be a distinct tal.

Tilwada is occasionally used in Kheyal.  However, its use has almost been entirely replaced by tintal and ektal.

The structure of tilawada 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 Tilwada Tal

Popular Songs

Film Songs in Tilwada Tal


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