Raj Kumar Misra & David Murphy in conversationM Balachandar and Raj Kumar Misra's duet

The Music Room | Rhythmic Cadence

Check out the sixth episode of our series, The Music Room: When East Meets West. To tie in with the world premiere of Ravi Shankar’s only opera Sukanya in May 2017, our ten-part mini-series aims to explore the dialogue between Classical Indian and Western music with the opera’s conductor David Murphy. Watch the sixth episode here: www.bagrifoundation.org/media/musicroom6


Now into the latter half of our series, David explores Tihai drawing on concepts we have learnt so far. Literally meaning “three times”, a tihai is a technique in Indian Classical Music of a set of three successively executed (played, sung or danced) musical phrases, usually of similar rhythmic pattern and equal duration in time. It marks the end of a section of music and simultaneously creates a transition into the next and is also typically used to conclude a performance. David explains the technique, drawing on previously discussed concept such as Tala, the rhythmic cycles of Indian music, explored earlier in the series. In episode 3 – Tala part 1, David addressed the 16 beat cycle Teen Taal and episode 5 explored konnakol, the rhythmic language of Indian Classical Music covered in episode 5. Tihai is then demonstrated by the wonderful tabla player Raj Kumar Misra. See a supplement to the video as tabla player Raj Kumar Misra and mridangamist M Balachandar demonstrate Tihai here: www.bagrifoundation.org/media/themusicroom6supplement/


The Bagri Foundation is delighted to support Ravi Shankar’s Sukanya, which the Indian music legend envisioned before his passing in December 2012 as a groundbreaking piece exploring the common ground between the music, dance and theatrical traditions of India and the West. This innovative co-production between the Royal Opera House, London Philharmonic Orchestra and Curve will take open at Curve Theatre, Leicester on Friday 12 May 2017 with its finale on Friday 19 May 2017 at Royal Festival HallSouthbank Centre, London. We are very proud to be part of this amazing adventure to raise awareness and understanding of the arts of India and enable an innovative dialogue between cultures, traditions and art forms.


For more information and to book your tickets visit: www.bagrifoundation.org/ravishankarsukanya