Graham: The place in a tala where the song begins is called "Graham". This is also known as "Eduppu". Eduppu means "starting Point". Eduppu can be two ways. One is "Samam" and the other is "Vishamam". When a song begins at the first beat of a tala, it is Samam. When song begins either before or after the stroke of tala, it is Vishamam. So, Vishamam can further be classified into two. They are,
(a).Athitham: When the song begins first and that is followed by tala beat later, it is called "Athitha Eduppu".
(b) Anaagatham: When a tala begins first and the song follows it later, it is called "Anaagatha Eduppu".
In a song there can be both Athitham and Anaagatham, where it is called "Usi".
6. Jaathi: Jaathi is used to calculate the Akshara in a tala. "Lagu" part of a tala depends on this Jaathi and its counts (Aksharas) vary according to the Jaathi. There are five jaathis.
1. Chatusram - 4 Akshara Counts
2. Thrisram (also spelled as Trisram) - 3 Akshara Counts
3. Misram - 7 Akshara Counts
4. Khandam (also spelled as Kandam) - 5 Akshara Counts
5. Sankeernam (also spelled as Sankirnam) - 9 Akshara Counts
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