Main definitions of tala in English

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tala1

(also taal)

noun

  • A traditional rhythmic pattern in classical Indian music:

    ‘the piece was set to the rupaka tala’
    • ‘And Mr. Balamuralikrishna, one of the oldest Radel supporters, launched its newest gadget - an updated version of the ‘talometer’ (an electronic instrument that can be set to all 25 talas of Carnatic music).’
    • ‘When I have to tune a song, I use the raga and tala indicated in the old books.’
    • ‘Through her fingers, the piece turns sprightly even before the tala (rhythmic section) leaps in.’
    • ‘There was nothing unusual about the ragas or talas that resounded in the Kasturi Srinivasan Auditorium in Music Academy on Saturday.’
    • ‘The talas, meaning the beats applied, often tend to be of very difficult matrixes.’
    • ‘Points would be awarded for timing; tonal quality of the original piece; breaking of the taal or changing from one beat to the next; overall discipline; and, stage presentation.’
    • ‘By four she left listeners spellbound with her command of complicated ragas and talas.’
    • ‘She performed and made the audience familiar with the ‘pungloi joboi’ or the rhythm of the dance, besides the ‘tanchep,’ which included four beats with a stress and the ‘Brahma taal,’ 28 beats with 10 stresses.’
    • ‘Her hips punctuate the bass tala, her hands move like the suvit's serpentine melody, the rest of her dances with the flute and govind.’
    • ‘A notable flaw in the performance was the absence of variety of talas as all the numbers embraced adi tala only.’
    • ‘His performance, voice, phrasing, sensitivity, alaap, bandishes, as well as total control over sur and taal contribute to his magnetic concerts.’
    • ‘To that extent, her responsibility is to ensure that all allies are singing in the same raga and the same taal.’
    • ‘‘Starting in samam, with the first word coinciding with the first beat of tala will not sound interesting,’ she warns her students, pointing out the grace in ‘eduppu’ gimmicks of pallavi singing.’
    • ‘Her sparkling eyes and mischievous glance from under her bright saffron veil were delightful, and her footwork was sharp and true to the taal.’
    • ‘In their early ages, they have learnt the grammar of the ragas, the basics of laya, tala and technique together with a few patterns of tana.’
    • ‘Music came naturally to him, and even as a child, Shashikiran not only identified ragas but also complicated talas.’
    • ‘Those who really know their raags from their taals will probably be transported by the wit with which the internal changes of each piece are executed, but you don't need specialist knowledge to appreciate the vivacity of the disc.’
    • ‘Perhaps this was justified, considering that the audience was expected to consist of laymen, not connoisseurs, who would not have been able to distinguish between one tala and another or their role in imparting the rasas.’
    • ‘A tala (East Indian time cycle) is called out, starting the tablas and whipping the piece into a furious frenzy with some thunderous percussion at the end.’
    • ‘The dignified movements of every limb of the actor are in tune with the tala.’

Origin

From Sanskrit tāla handclapping, musical time.

Pronunciation:

tala

/ˈtɑːlə/

Main definitions of tala in English

: tala1tala2

tala2

noun

  • The basic monetary unit of Samoa, equal to 100 sene.

    • ‘The gap between imports and exports is mainly covered by 160m tala of remittances from overseas Samoans to their families or for churches and schools - almost three times what the country receives in foreign aid.’

Origin

From Samoan tālā.

Pronunciation:

tala

/ˈtɑːlə/