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Keharwa or Kaharva is a tala of Hindustani music. Keherwa has many variations including dhumaali, "bhajani", and qawwali.[1] Beats = 8 Division = 2


Keharwa is an 8-beat pattern used in ragas. It has eight beats in two equal divisions (vibhag). The period between every two beats is equal. The first beat out of 8 beats is called "sam" and the fifth beat out of 8 beats is called "khali". Sam is the first Division. Khali is the second Division. To exhibit the Keherwa, the audience claps on the first beat and then shows that fifth beat is waved (not clapped).


It has a characteristic pattern of bols (theka).

The Theka for Keharwa
dha ge na ti | na ka dhin na |
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In popular culture[edit]

The popular Hindi film song, Rang Barse Bhige Chunar Wali from Silsila (1981), is also set in Keherwa by film's music composers duo, Shiv-Hari, who are noted classical musicians.[2] The contemporary traditional Eid al-Fitr song for Bengali Muslims, O Mon Romzaner Oi Rozar Sheshe, is also set in Keherwa rhythm.[3]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-04-05. Retrieved 2010-10-05.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Mamta Chaturvedi (2004). Filmi Non Filmi Songs (With Their Notations). Diamond Pocket Books (P) Ltd. p. 50. ISBN 8128802992.
  3. ^ "ও মন রমজানের ঐ রোজার শেষে এলো খুশীর ঈদ". Nazrul Geeti.