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Tala Yatra - A Rhythm Odyssey

Tala Yatra - A Rhythm Odyssey

Indian Classical

In the Indian tradition, tala, the rhythmic aspect of music, is viewed as being cyclical and not linear. In the cyclic structure of tala the very first beat (sam) assumes paramount significance as the crucial juncture, signifying the end of the existing cycle (avartan) as well as the beginning of a new cycle.

Tala Yatra is an innovative presentation conceived, designed and conducted by Suresh Talwalkar, the internationally renowned tabla maestro, scholar and guru. The ensemble, comprising 22 accomplished artistes: vocalists, instrumentalists (sitar, flute, harmonium, tabla, pakhawaj, keyboard, cajun, Western drums and vocal rhythms) as well as Kathak dancers, reveals a perfect synergy between different streams of music, viz. vocal and instrumental music and Kathak. Within the conventional frameworks of raga and tala, members of the ensemble explore, individually and collectively, musical aspects of mukhda and sam using the vehicle of vocal bandish. The resulting audio-visual experience is a veritable mix of abstract and concrete forms and compositions, with elements of sounds, colors, lines and space.