Dhammar

Dhammar is a very old style of singing.  The name is also applied to instrumental renditions of the same.  It has many similarities to dhrupad.  The major difference is that it is slightly more romantic.  Other differences arise in the greater freedom of the dhamar form and the unevenly - distributed dhamar tal of fourteen beats. The tal (rhythmic pattern) can be summarized as 3+2+2+3+2+2. Themes of dhammar typically revolve around Krishna and the Holi festival.  In fact the dhammar is often called "hori" (holi).  It is typically performed in dhammar tal of 14 beats.  Dhammar, like its cousin the dhrupad, is rarely heard today.