Keharwa on the Tabla
Keharwa, a rhythmic cycle of 8 beats, is the most popular taal of non-classical Indian music. It is used mainly in folk, light music (film; bollywood), bhajans, and ghazals.
Given below is the theka of keharwa. The taal has two equally spaced internal divisions (vibhag) which implies that a pulse can be felt after every four beats. The major pulse (sam; first beat) occurs after every 8 beats and the minor pulse at the fifth beat is a khali.
Following the theka are three prakaars. A prakaar, the simplest type of improvisation in the world of tabla, is a variety of the theka that maintains the core structure of the taal.