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Dadra is a light classical style which is very similar to thumri.  Although it resembles thumri it is much looser and allows more freedom for the artist.  The tals used are dadra of 6 beats, kaherava of 8 beats, or any other light tal.  It is commonly performed in light rags such as mand, pilu or pahadi


Instruments Used To Accompany Dadra


Other Indian Vocal Forms



Selected Video

sudeep banerjee begum akhtar dadra music ghazals


Dadra by Sagar


barsan laagii saawan bu.ndiya - ghulam ali


Saiyaan Na Mane Mori Baat (Dadra) Farida Rehman




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