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Table 1 Basic elements of Indian Carnatic music rhythms (tala)

From: iSargam: music notation representation for Indian Carnatic music

Element Symbol Duration in aksharakala units
Anudrutam ˘ 1
Drutam ° 2
Laghu |3, |4, |5,|6 |7, |9 3,4,5,6,7,9 respectively
Guru 8 8
Plutam 12
Kakapadam + 16