Ektal

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Ektal or Ektaal is a tala in Indian music. It is commonly used in classical music like kheyal, and semi-classical forms like Rabindra Sangeet. In ektal the 12 matras are divided into 6 vibhags of two matras each.

The form of Ektal is as follows:

clap,tap,wave,tap,clap,tap,wave,tap,clap,tap,clap,tap

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It has a characteristic pattern of bols (theka) which goes as follows:

The Theka for Ektal
Dhin Dhin | DhaGe TiRaKiTa |
x 0
Tun Na | Kat Ta |
2 0
DhaGe TiRaKiTa | Dhin Na |
3 4

it is very important in Indian Classical music and many compositions are based on it.

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