Tihais – some mysteries explained

In my random ramblings on Classical music, here’s something that all musicians know but rarely acknowledge – a performance is in many cases, significantly rehearsed, even in North Indian classical music. Let’s take the construct called Tihai – that’s a sequence which, repeated thrice, ends in the Sam. Tihais need preparation. In fact, other than simple tihais, ALL tihais need preparation. If a musician tells …

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