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Tabla Visharad Purna

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 is the final level in the study of the tabla. Thus, the student is expected to have a strong hold over rhythm, laya and taal here. He/she should be competent at playing all kinds of laya.

Also, a basic grasp of playing other related percussion instruments such as the pakhawaj is also required.

  • Practical - The student should be able to play various thekas at both ati-vilambit (extremely slow) as well as ati-drut (extremely fast) laya. He/she should have the expertise of playing both common taals such as Teentaal, Jhaptaal, Ektaal, Rupak, Surfakta for up to ten minutes, as well as one from among the rarely played taals such as Shikhartaal, Pashto, Rasik, Vichitrataal, among others. The student should also be able to show with the hands the same kaayda of a gharana in different taals. He/she will be asked to make a comparative study of the styles of playing of different gharanas, and should also be able to demonstrate that practically while playing him/herself. This should also come through while playing the gat kaayda and chakradaar of one’s own gharana. Apart from this, the student will be taught some kaaydas that begin with the left hand. 
  • Theory - The student should have in-depth knowledge about ku-aad, bi-aad, farmaaishi, chija, 1¼ times, etc. He/she will also have to read up on the various non-membranous percussion instruments (ghan vaadya) and the taals that are usually played on these instruments. The student should know about the Dilli, Punjab and Benaras gharanas. Also, he/she should be able to make a comparative comment on the tabla and pakhawaj, and the rules applicable while playing these two instruments. This written exam will also require the student to write an essay on topics such as the importance of taal in music, the best notation method for taals, the effect of taal on common people, etc.