Rhythm in India

The Wheels of Rhythm


The sense of rhythm gives us feeling of freedom, luxury and expanse. It gives us feeling of achievement in molding or creating. It gives us feeling of rounding out design.

Carl E. seashore

Rhythm is present in every active thing either living or nonliving. On the biggest view, the universe functions on rhythm. The solar system follows a particular rhythm to let all the planets in it exist flawlessly. The 24 hours time, 12 hours day and 12 hours night all happen on time because some constant rhythm is going on. However this all was about how the rhythm is present everywhere.


Rhythm in music is like the heartbeats in living things. The sound of rhythm attracts anyone’s attention easily. Every human on earth irrespective of belonging to whatever language, culture or region can enjoy the rhythm sounds of any part of the world. As music is the universal language it is effective enough to heal minds of any human being as well as any other living thing too.


I tried to observe where can we find rhythm around us in daily life? And I ended up with the conclusion that where can’t we? In walking, in running, in the clock, in the vehicles, in the machines and even in our thoughts, rhythm is present everywhere to make it work in the best form. We can just observe our breathing and the heart beats to feel the rhythm in us. Balanced rhythmic breathing in sports, exercise etc. improves the performance which is proved by experts. The wheels of rhythm run everywhere around us and we are so deeply attached with it that we hardly realize it is happening so accurately with us.


The musical rhythm leaves the fastest impression on our minds. It is proved in researches that even the mentally retarded children/people enjoy the rhythm part of music the most. We play the beats to infants and see their feet tapping. By default we all are blessed with this part of art.

The Tal system of Indian music is vast and it has wide area of exploration. Tabla and  Mridangam are the two main accompanying rhythm instruments of Indian classical music. Both the instruments have a huge area of solo improvisation as well.


“if one sees a drummer (or for that matter, a singer or instrumentalist) riding on a bus in India, with a rather far-away look in his eyes, the light patting of right hand on thigh indicating some sort of high mental concentration, he can rest assured that the musician is working out an intricate rhythmic configuration of this type to spring on and his audience and friends at the next concert.

The Mridang: a study of drumming in south India


The rhythm practice is not only part of music but it is also a way to live with. It opens doors for eternal pleasure through the endless journey of music creation and practice. We live with rhythm every moment but we can enjoy it too by just identifying with our musical eyes.

Written by:

Sujeet Kumar Bharti

Teacher-Performing Arts

Delhi Public School Ludhiana