Tabla Classes

Tabla is the main percussion instrument used mainly in Hindustani classical Vocal music as well as Carnatic Vocal music. This musical instrument has been greatly influenced by the Arabic and Persian cultures, the name Tabla is derived from the Arabic word Tabla which means drums. Tabla - musical instrument has mainly two drums which should be played using the fingers and palms. The tabla classes in Pune are traditionally conducted on a one on one basis and the tradition is still continued by many tabla gurus teaching in various tabla classes in Pune. However, with the progression of time, the classes have been made more systematic and organised in many tabla classes.

Most of the tabla classes in Pune promote this systematic oral procedure in training of tabla. The language used for the descriptions is known as Bols - the sounds that drums make with each stroke. Gandharva Mahavidyalaya offers excellent tabla classes in Pune which are designed as per different study levels and abilities of the students ensuring teaching in the best possible way.

The tabla classes conducted in GMV have maximum six students per batch which makes sure each student is given adequate personal attention and detailed knowledge sharing. Gandharva Mahavidyalaya also conducts online Tabla classes where the lessons are given with the help of Skype, the free video conferencing tool. Students can take up diverse courses in Tabla ranging from Prarambhik to Visharad. Online exams are also conducted by Gandharva Mahavidyalaya; after successful completion of the course and examination, students receive the certification from the Mahavidyalaya.

  • Course Objectives
  • Course Contents

This is the first course. Thus, it introduces the student to the basics of tabla playing such as taal and laya.

It is only when these concepts are strong that the learner can take his/her next steps confidently.

  • Practical - In this course, the student is taught the preliminary bols that are played on the tabla, for example, dha, dhin, ta, kat, tu, ge, and so on. With this introduction, he/she will be ready to play the Taals Teentaal, Jhaptaal, Rupak, Dadra, and Keherwa. The student should be able to show these taals with the hands through claps, showing the taali and khaali.
  • Theory - Definitions of terminology such as sam, kaal, khanda, maatraa, laya, taali, aavartan, and sangeet will be tested in this examination.