Ajrada, Ajrala, Ajrara

Posted By: ANEESH.PRADHAN On 13th Apr, 2012 3:12 AM

Category: Definition
Genre: Hindustani Classical Music
Publisher: Aneesh Pradhan
Source: Aneesh Pradhan
Author: Aneesh Pradhan

  1. Situated in the Meerut district (Uttar Pradesh), Ajrada is one of the main gharanas or baajs of tabla playing.  The style is believed to have started in the late eighteenth century by two brothers, Kallu Khan and Miru Khan, disciples of Sitaab Khan of the Delhigharana.  The style incorporates syllables used in the Delhi style, which are of a subtle nature, but deviates by focusing attention on triplet rhythm.  The Ajrada repertoire is primarily restricted to qaidas, many of which are in triplet rhythm, or with three strokes in one matra.  Another characteristic of this style is its emphasis on jhul or swaying sound pattern of bols, which is brought about by changing pressure on the baayaan. 

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