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Keharwa or Kaharva is an 8 beat tala of Hindustani music. Keherwa has many variations including dhumaali, "bhajani", and qawwali.[1]


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 "saam" and it denotes the start of the first division. The fifth beat out of 8 beats is called "khali" and denotes the start of the second division. To exhibit the Keherwa, the performer claps on the first beat and fifth beat is waved.


It has a characteristic pattern of bols (theka).

The Theka for Keharwa
dha ge na ti | na ka dhi 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. ^ "Toronto Gharana/Music". Archived from the original on 2007-04-05. Retrieved 2010-10-05.
  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.