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Teental vilambit, madhya
Dhamar madhya

Dadra madhya

Kaharwa drut

Dadra (drut)

Total time: 43.52

Asit Pal
Asit Pal was born in Calcutta in 1952 into a family of musicians. When he was barely eight years old, he received tuition from his father Manick Pal, one of the most famous tabla players in India. At the age of fourteen, he won the first prize of the Howrah Music Competition. Since then, he has not looked back and has taken part in all the important festivals of Bengal. He graduated from the University of Allahabad - Prayag Sangit Samiti - and started teaching in 1971. He is as proficient as an accompanist as he is at playing solo. He is on the permanent staff of All India Radio and accompanies the most prestigious musicians of India, including vocalist Jnan Prakash Ghosh, sarod player Amjad Ali Khan, violinist V.G. Jog and sitarist Subroto Roy Chowdhury.
Since 1983, Asit Pal has toured Europe extensively, giving solo concerts and performing with other artists. Worthy of mention are also his concerts with American jazz saxophonist Steve Lacy and Mexican flute player Luis Romero Montes. His delicate and brilliant virtuosity has always been enthusiastically acclaimed by the audience, who admires the aesthetically perfect balance between the right and the left hand as well as his playing in the style of the Farukhabad Gharana: subtle, sweet, pleasant and clear, reminiscent of the great Ustad Keramatullah Khan.
This recording will provide a rare and enriching experience for those who wish to travel in the luxuriant and highly sophisticated world of Indian rhythms. Here Asit Pal displays astounding skill and technique coupled with aesthetic awareness. He performs with a high degree of inventiveness which, however, always remains within the borders of the classical rules of improvisation: creativity linked to a profound respect of millennial traditions.

The instruments

The tabla
The name tabla is given to a pair of drums that are said to have resulted from the division of the mridangam, the double headed drum of the Vedic age. Tabla is also the name of the wooden higher pitched drum of this set, which is played with the right hand, whereas the left hand "bass&qzit; drum with its metal body is called bayan. The playing surface on both drums is usually made of goat skin. A black disk consisting of a mixture of charcoal, rice flour and other ingredients is pasted onto the skin to further enhance and enrich the sound of the instrument. An elaborate system of leather thongs, rings and small wooden dowels enables the player to tune the tabla to various pitches with the greatest precision. The drums are played with the fingers, the finger tips, the palms and the wrists on the different areas of the playing surface. There are immense possibilities for variation.

The dhol
derived from the mridangam is a two-headed, barrel-shaped drum held in a horizontal position and used for accompaniment and folk music.

The khol
a double headed drum played horizontally for accompanying kirtana - Bengali mystical songs -, devotional as well as folk songs.
The tamboura
This long-necked, lute-type instrument resembles a sitar in shape, but has only four strings and no frets. It supplies the sustained and constant drone characteristic of Indian vocal and instrumental music.
By using the spoken drum language in which each drum stroke is named by mnemotechnical syllables called bol-s, which work both as a memory aid and form of notation, the time cycles, tal, played on this record can be represented as follows:

1. Teental, 16 beats (division 4+4+4+4), vilambit (slow), madhya (medium), played on tabla. This tal is used to accompany North Indian vocal and instrumental music - classical and light.

2. Dhamar, 14 beats (division 5+2+3+4), madhya (medium), played on tabla. This tal is used to accompany classical Dhamar singing and instrumental music.

3. Dadra, 6 beats (division 3+3), madhya (medium), played on tabla and khol. This tal is used to accompany classical and light music

4. Kaharwa, 4 beats (division 2+2), drut ((ast), played on tabla and dhol. This tal is used to accompany classical and light music.

5. Dadra, 3 beats (division 1,5+1,5), drut (fast), played on tabla, khol and dhol. This tal is used to accompany light and classical

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