Learn to Play > Lesson 11: The Indian Beat

What is the Indian Beat?

We call this beat the "Indian Beat" because it is a cool beat that you often hear played in Hindu temples.

The beat was taught to me by my mrdanga guru, Sripati dasa, and he received it from the devotees who had traveled to Jaipur, India. It used to be, and probably still is, played frequently by devotees doing kirtan before the Radha-Govindaji deity, only they play it on a different kind of drum. It does lend itself very well to being played on the mrdanga, however. Play this at a Sunday feast crowd full of Gujarati's and you'll get everyone clapping their hands.

There are a couple of variations of the beat. I'll teach you the simple version and one variation.

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