"The tabla (or tabl, tabla) is a popular Indian percussion instrument used in Hindustani classical music and in popular and devotional music of the Indian subcontinent. The instrument consists of
a pair of hand drums of contrasting sizes and timbres. The term tabla is derived from an Arabic word, tabl, which simply means "drum"."
"Playing technique involves extensive use of the fingers and palms in various configurations to create a wide variety of different sounds, reflected in the mnemonic syllables (bol). The heel of the hand is used to apply pressure or in a sliding motion on the larger drum so that the pitch is changed during the sound's decay."
"A common legendary account credits the 13th century Indian poet Amir Khusrau as the inventor by splitting a single pakhawaj drum into two. ('toda, tab bhi bola - tabla': 'When broke, it still
spoke' - a fairly well-known Hindi pun) None of his writings on music mention the drum, but this apparent tradition of late invention, combined with the absence of the instrument in South Indian
music and the closed-ended, paired design that relates it to the Western clay-drums and tympani, altogether supports the view that the tabla is a comparatively recent development in northern Indian
music. Other accounts place the invention of this instrument in the 18th century, and the first verifiable player of this drum was Ustad Suddhar Khan of Delhi."
"Develop a good sense of rhythm. Since the tabla is a percussive instrument, its role in maintaining beat is huge! If you want to learn tabla well a steady beat is a must. Practice tapping out
different kinds of beats on your tabla, with an emphasis on maintaining steadiness."
Ustad Alla Rakha Zakir Hussain Trilok Gurtu
Kishan Maharaj Afaq Hussain Khan Tanmoy Bose
Enayet Hossain Hindol Majumdar Shubhankar Banerjee
Shamsuddin Khan Amir Hussain Khan Sharda Sahai
Qader Baksh Sandip Banerjee Abhijit Banerjee
Latif Ahmed Khan Keramatullah Khan Habibuddin Khan
Shaukat Ali Khan Altaf Hussain Tafo Khan Tapas Yagnik
Akram Khan Shankar Ghosh Arvind Mulgoankar
Bikram Ghosh Bashir Khan Karachiwale Wajid Hussain Khan
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