LEARNING CARNATIC MUSIC
Information provided by T.N.Chitra
The tala system of Carnatic music
is unique in the world of music. The time measures used in South Indian
music are innumerable and varied and they occupy an important position
in Carnatic music. Talas organise rhythm in music. All aspects of percussion
are bound by a constantly repeated metr cycle of beat called tala. The
talas are not just recurrent time cycles, they rather have their individual
structure and influence on music. Just as a raga extolls the bhavam of
the song, so does the talam, which reveals the mood of the song.
The word talam is said to be derived
from the combination of the words Thandavam and Lasyam.
Thandavam is the dance of Lord Siva and Lasyam is the dance of Goddess