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Rupak taal

topic posted Wed, April 16, 2008 - 5:59 AM by  bhupesh
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Hi
Dear gurujis,

Can you please discuss rupak taal?

I m beginner in Tabla. Most of the gazals we played in Rupak. Upto now i didnt get anything more about that.
I want to know the basics of Rupak. Can anybody explain? How to practice it to play?


Thanks in advance
Bhupesh Pandey
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bhupesh
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  • Re: Rupak taal

    Sun, April 20, 2008 - 7:02 PM
    There seems to be little info on the net regarding the origins of Rupak. The following info was obtained from David R. Courtney's tabla manual.

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

    Rupak (7/3). It contains seven matras: it is split into three parts, the first part is of the three matras, the next two matras each. The first matra and sam is khali, while the fourth and sixth matra get a tali (clap) each. This tal is like teevra tal is not khali as follows:

    Matras 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
    Words (bol) DHIN DHA TRIK DHIN DHIN DHA TRIK
    Theka +0 2 3

    Some people do the rupak tal in the following way:

    Matras 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
    Words (bol) TIN TIN NA DHIN NA DHIN NA
    Theka +0 2 3

    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 : 7
    THEKA : Tin Tin Naa Dhin Naa Dhin Naa

    by David Courtney, Ph.D
    • Re: Rupak taal

      Sat, April 26, 2008 - 5:45 PM
      >"The form of rupak is shown below:
      CLAPPING/ WAVING ARRANGEMENT:wave, 2, 3, clap, 2, clap, 2
      NUMBER OF BEATS : 7
      THEKA : Tin Tin Naa Dhin Naa Dhin Naa "

      A couple of things that helped me in Rupak Tal

      It begins on a kali (open) beat, consider the 3 (or 1+1/2) a "windup" - variations should reflect that and not fall into treating the 1 as a Sum (or use the banyan).

      Develop the feel of counting odd numbered beats as half the number, making rupak 3 + 1/2 This will come in handy when you get into the faster variations and improvs. (Jhaptal would become not only 5, but 2 + 1/2, as far as the feel. Still technically 10 beats)

      Can't help you much as to its origins.