Dadra on the Tabla

Dadra, a rhythmic cycle of 6 beats, is a popular taal in Indian semi-classical, light, and folk music.

Given below is the theka (basic definition) of this taal. The taal has two equally spaced internal divisions (vibhag) which implies that a pulse can be felt after every three beats. The major pulse (sam; first beat) occurs after every 6 beats and the minor pulse at the fourth beat is a khali.

A Laggi is an attractive improvisation that continuously reflects the flow of the theka. It is more creative than a prakaar and can be played both in solo as well as accompaniment with secondary variations.

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