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Tilwada or tilwara (Hindi : तिलवाडा, tilvāḍā  ? ) is a tala of Hindustani music. [1] Like tintaal, tilwada tala also has 16 beats. [2] [3] Tilwada is often used in Kheyal. [1]



Cyclical series of equally periodical beats consisted of recurring claps and waves:

or counted out as:


This tala has the following arrangement: [1]

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  2. Babanarāva Haḷadaṇakara (2001). Aesthetics of Agra and Jaipur Traditions. Popular Prakashan. pp. 96–. ISBN   978-81-7154-685-5 . Retrieved 3 July 2012.
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