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Tabla Madhyama Pratham

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 Punewhich 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.

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This set of courses equips the student with a sturdy foundation on which the student of tabla can build his/her instrumental skills. For this purpose, it is essential for the student to absorb a sense of rhythm. Percussion instruments are important both as accompaniment as well as for solo performances. Thus, from this course onwards, the student is expected to start giving short solo tabla presentations.

  • Practical - The student will be taught to play Tevra and Chautaal in the pakhawaj style in single, double and quadruple tempo. Similarly, the student should be able to play as well as recite and show all the taals appearing in the syllabus thus far in single (one-to-one), double and four times laya. He/she will also be taught kaaydas with four paltas of the Dilli, Benaras and Farukhabad gharanas in Teentaal and Jhaptaal. The learner should also be able to play bedam and damdaar tihaais in Teentaal, Jhaptaal and Rupak. For the examination, the student will have to play solo tabla for five minutes with kaayda, gat, chhota tukda, etc in Teentaal and Jhaptaal. Apart from this, there should be a general awareness of the various gharanas prevalent in tabla, and the particularities and different styles of these gharanas. Also, the student of tabla should be able to accompany all forms of vocal music by this level.
  • Theory - Having learnt the two notation styles, the student will be asked to write different kaaydas in various taals, as also the Taals Tilwada, Jhaptaal and Chautaal in the examination. He/she should have in-depth knowledge of the Bhatkhande and Paluskar systems of notation. Apart from this, the student will be asked to write about the different gharanas in tabla and their chief proponents and distinctive styles. Comprehensive knowledge about the ten elements of the tabla, technicalities of the tabla and pakhawaj, its shape, features, as well as a comparison between the two, as also the various components of the tabla-dagga with diagrams is also expected here. Definitions of bedam tihaai, damdaar tihaai, chakradaar, etc are part of the curriculum this year. Also, the student should be able to explain the importance of sam, taali, kaal and khanda.