Rhythmical music is as old as mankind, it is of wider appeal than non-rhythmic music. When the primitive man danced in ecstasy rhythm came into existence. Rhythm gives stability and form to music. The dullness or briskness of the a piece of music is dependent to some extant on the rhythm. Thala forms the backbone of Natya kala ( Indian Classical dancing ).
In the use of innumerable time measures South Indian music stands without parallel. The rhythmic measures used in all systems of the world put together will not comprise of a small fraction of the rhythmic measures ( thalas ) used in South Indian music. A system of rhythmic music which uses mnemonics and also being the only system of music in the world with a solfa system unique to its rhythmic music.
Southern India has the richest and mist complex thala or rhythmic time system in the world. There are many treatises on thala which date back centuries.
This website attempts to capture the history, theory practice and all other aspects of music and life related to thala.
The author of this website Sri. Rajan Padiachi who is a senior disciple of the Late Vidwan M N Kandaswami and was also a disciple of Late Vidwan Chengleput Ranganathan. Sri Rajan had the rare opportunity of studying under the great masters and having had first-hand tutelage in the complexities of thala and its practice. Sri Rajan has conducted deep and intense research in thala and has also collected many rare books and manuscripts on the subject while at the same interviewing and learning from great thala masters such as Vidwan C S Sankarashiva Bagawather and Vidwan CS Murugupoopathy as well as the renowned musicologist Late Vidwan T Sankaran from the Dhanammal parampara.
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