Teental

Teental of the most famous talas of Hindustani music. It is also the most common tal in North India. The structure of teental is so symmetrical that it presents a very simple rhythmic structure against which a performance can be laid.

Tintal has sixteen beats in four equal divisions. The period between every two beats is equal. The first beat out of 16 beats is called "sam" and the 9th beat is called "khali" ("empty"). To exhibit the Teental, the audience claps on the first beat, claps on the 5th beat, then waives on the 9th beat and lastly again claps on the 13th beat - hence the name tintal : It derives from (Hindi, "tin") which means three and (Hindi, "tal")which means clap, so literally Tintal equals to "three claps".