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Tabla Visharad 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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At this level, the student of tabla is expected to have mastered the skill of creatively elaborating on a taal learnt, for both solo performances and also as accompaniment. For this, he/she should be able to hold a given laya throughout the presentation.

Thus, a high level of maturity is expected in the student’s understanding and performance at this stage.

  • Practical - The student is required to be competent enough to elaborate on Teentaal, Jhaptaal and Ektaal for up to ten minutes starting from peshkaar to chakradaar. He/she should also be able to accompany all forms of vocal singing such as bhaav-geet (light music), thumri, dadra, and khyaal singing. Also, to show his/her command over Teentaal and Jhaptaal, the student should be able to explain and play in the jaati style. Apart from this, the learner will be taught to change the bols that need to be altered when providing accompaniment for dance. At this level, the student will be required to play complex kaayda gat with bols like dhidanaga, kdaan, dingadinagina, etc.
  • Theory - For the written examination, the candidate will be required to write kaaydas with the same varna in different taals. Also, he/she will have to write the notation of a kaayda and show the place of nikaas in it. The student will also be asked to provide information about connected bols learnt thus far and the rules applicable while playing such bols. Along with definitions, brief notes on grah (sam, visham, ateet, anaaghaat), peshkaar, chakradaar, tukda, nau hakka (bedam, damdaar), and laggi will be required here. The student will also be asked to write one kaayda of his/her choice along with its characteristic features.