For tabla notations we use Pt. Bhatkhande and Pt. Paluskar notation system. Developed in previous century these notation systems were mainly for vocal classical music and later on they were also used for tabla compositions. Since these systems were not developed for tabla, one cannot notate all the tabla compositions in these system and they are incomplete. For example Delhi Kayda in Pt. Bhatkhande system will be notate as follows.
Here one cannot tell the ‘Jati’ or ‘Laya’ of the composition. You do not know the number of ‘Laghu’ in the Matra and obviously you cannot determine the playing laya (speed). Pt. Paluskar’s system is based on mathematics. But this system too is unable to notate Tabla composition of Mishra, Khanda or Sankirna Jati. Even when one can notate Tisra and Chatasra Jati, if the composition is in Tigun (triple speed) or Chougun (quadriple speed). As such both the notation systems are incomplete for sure.
Shelar’s Notation system has removed the incompleteness of both the systems and shows how a complete notation system should be. The same Delhi Kayda will be notate as follows.
Here one does not have to break the words, which is a biggest advantage of Shelar Notation system. One writes the composition as it is said and played. One can notate any tabla composition whehter it is in Tisra, Chatasra, Mishra, Khanda, Sankirna or Divya Sankirna Jati and any laya from Base to Quadriple in this system. Even layakari like Aadi, Kuaad, Biaad can be notate in this system. Please visit notation page and download page for more information.