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Unformatted text preview: John Ackerman Jr. Music 2420 Dr. Fairfield Chapter 6 Written Exam #2 Indian music is based on a time system comparable to the one that the Indian people use to perceive real-time. This time system is composed of segments of time ranging from a mere instant, to millions of years. In Indian music, certain segments of time are counted as beats and are then subdivided into smaller fractions, similar to western half-notes, quarter-notes, etc. The unit of organization for these segments in time is called the tala . A tala is a grouping of regular “beats”. There is five different general tala’s seen in Indian music today. The most common three are the Rupaka, Misra Chapu, and Adi tala’s . The Rupaka tala is less common and consists of three beats. Another tala with an odd number of beats is the Misra Chapu tala ; it is composed of seven beats. The Adi tala is the most common in South India and is composed of eight beats. An example is shown in the piece “Sarasiruha”, where it is easy to recognize the eight beats....
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