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"Mastering Matya Thala: Exploring the Second Thalam of Carnatic Music"



Hello and welcome to all the music learners out there! Today, we'll be exploring the Matya Thala, the second thalam in the Carnatic music system.


Matya Thala comprises of one laghu (denoted as 1), one dhrutha (denoted as 0) and again one laghu, which is denoted as 1-0-1. The total count for this thalam is two laghus, one dhrutham and ten counts.


The structure of the thalam goes like this: 1, 2, 3, 4 - this is the laghu. Then, we have a tap and a wave, which is the dhrutham. Finally, we have another laghu which is 1, 2, 3, 4. The entire thalam can be written as 1, 2, 3, 4 (laghu), 5, 6 (dhrutham), 7, 8, 9, 10 (laghu).


One interesting aspect of Matya Thala is that instead of singing the three speeds separately, all three speeds can be sung together. The second speed starts from Gaanhaara (G) and the third speed begins from Nishaadha (N).


To get a better understanding of this thalam, it's important to practice and internalize it through consistent practice. Make sure to start slowly and gradually increase your speed. It's important to focus on your rhythm and timing while practicing this thalam.


Overall, Matya Thala is a fascinating thalam with a unique structure that makes it stand out. If you're a music learner looking to expand your knowledge of Carnatic music, then be sure to practice this thalam regularly to become a pro at it. Keep practicing and enjoy your musical journey!

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