|Hindustani classical music|
Dhamar taal has 14 beats (matras) grouped asymmetrically into a 5-2-3-4 pattern.
A song in dhrupad style set to dhamar tala is also called a dhamar. The text of a dhamar concerns the antics of Krishna teasing the milkmaids during the Holi (hori) Spring Festival of colours. It is considered a relatively light, gentle, and romantic musical form.
The theka or syllabic pattern of dhamar tala is:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 क ध्धि ट धि ट धा ऽ ग त्ति ट ति ट ता ऽ ka ddhi Ta dhi Ta dhaa - Ga Ti Ta Ti Ta taa -
In counting out the beat, beats 1, 6, and 11 are clapped (tali), and beat 8 is indicated by a wave of the hand (khali):
Clap 2 3 4 5 | Clap 2 | Wave 2 3 | Clap 2 3 4 ||
- Shrivastava, Harish. Raag Parichay 2. Sangeet Sadan Prakashan.