Matra (music)

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In Indian classical music, a matra[1] is a beat in Hindustani and Carnatic music. It is one of the three levels (smallest rhythmic unit) of structure for tala [2] along with vibhag (measure)[3] and avartan (cycle).[4] The significance of beats depends on their occurrence in a cycle. However, the value of the beats may be stretched or contracted depending on various factors.

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Hindustani classical music


  1. ^ Matra- Retrieved 2016-12-08
  2. ^ Tala or Tal- Retrieved 2016-12-08
  3. ^ Vibhag- Retrieved 2016-12-08
  4. ^ Avartan- Retrieved 2016-11-08