According to the ancient musical texts, Laya or rhythm is as equally important as melodic aspects in music.
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Please complete Part 1 before viewing this lesson. Laya has been given a very high stature in music, equal to melodic aspects. Some scholars have been quoted from the ancient texts as having stated that attaining good proficiency in Laya may even offer one the highest state of liberation from worldly bonds, and consequently lead to attainment of ‘moksha’. Guru Shri Chitravina Narasimhan states that students should not feel intimidated with aspects of learning Laya and that it is possible for everyone to enjoy the beauty of this important aspect of music.