Learn Tabla For Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced Levels

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Tabla (Indian Hand Drums) Is a Traditional Versatile Percussion Instrument Which Is Full of Exciting Rhythmic Movements and Sound Productions, Aesthetics and the Best Medium to Express One's Emotional and Artistic Feelings. Learning the Art of Tabla Playing Is Something Which Inspires One to Grow Musically and Live in Harmony Through Music.

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24 Weeks
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US$48.00Per Courseper week  per student.
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20 Years Experience
From: India
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Authentic Style

Course Details

The training is given at three levels:

Beginner Level: Where one learns the basics of tabla playing like sitting posture, basic strokes, knowing the instrument, different basic tones, basic rhythmic cycles, syllables, small loops of the taal cycle and its showcase, learning the background and history of the instrument and its music and musicians. Small phrases, playing in different tempos, knowing its progression and listening to other players.

Intermediate Level: Where the student learns phraseology of tabla and basic compositions like qayeda, tukras, simple gats, chakkardar etc. Students are taught different cycles (taal) of rhythm and simple compositions in those cycles. Explanation of gharanas and their compositions, discussing different composition in context with its relation with other compositions and gharanas(school of tabla playing).

Advance Level: Lessons includes traditional compositions of different gharans, learning different taals (rhythmic cycles) and traditional compositions in those taals, knowing tabla as an accompanying instrument, demonstration with vocal, solo, dance and collaboration. Preparing students to perform solos in different taals including uncommon taals.


About Shailendra Mishra:

Shailendra Mishra Ji is a ‘TOP GRADE’ artist of ‘ALL INDIA RADIO’ (AIR). He was nurtured and seasoned for TABLA playing by eminent gurus like Shree Arjun Rai, Pandit Anand Gopal Bandopadhyay and Pandit Sameer Chatterjee. He also received valuable guidance from Late Pandit Shyamal Bose. He represents both Banaras and Farrukkhabad Gharanas. At a very young age, he has carved a niche for himself and is regarded as one of the most talented percussionists in India. His playing is signified by the authenticity of the Gharanas he represents, clarity and dignity to the ‘bols’, his complete control over laya and a good understanding of the underlying complexities of Taal and Laya. His repertoire is rich and varied, indeed. In him, one can find both, an able accompanist as well as, a talented soloist.

Winner of many prestigious contests including ‘AIR COMPETITION’, he also has a Master’s Degree in Music (percussion). He has participated several times in the ‘National Programme of Music’ on  AIR as well as on Doordarshan (Indian T.V. channels). He has conducted workshops as well as ‘Lecture Demonstrations’ covering various topics on music especially the Indian rhythm and related aspects of the art of tabla playing. He has accompanied stalwarts like Ustad Amjad Ali Khan (sarod), Pandit V.G.Jog,(violin), Pandit Shrikant Bakre(vocal), Pandit Rajan Sajan Mishra(vocal), Pandit Ulhas Kashalkar(vocal), Vidushi N.Rajam(violin), Smt Laxmishankar) (vocal),Pandit Surinder Singh (vocal) and a host of eminent vocalists and instrumentalists in India and Abroad.

His solo performances and Jugalbandi concerts including the Carnatic percussionists have been greatly admired and applauded by critics and connoisseurs. Of late, his exploration with fusion music has turned out to be one more feather in his cap. He has worked with jazz musicians like Lewis Pragasam, Greg Lyons and ‘Gamelan’ (a group of Malaysian traditional instruments) musicians too. 

On invitation from ‘Indian Council for Cultural Relations’(ICCR), Government of India, he has toured different places in India as well as abroad to perform and propagate the art of tabla playing. ICCR, Government of India had deputed him as third secretary(culture) in the Cultural Centre, High Commission of India, Kuala Lumpur where he was not only teaching this art to the people of Malaysia but also propagating and spreading our culture through musical performances, workshops and seminars.

The ipassio Edge

Students enrolling for this course on ipassio can be sure that they receive individual attention from the teacher, as the class strength is limited to 1 or 2 students. It also gives teachers the opportunity, to gauge their students progress in depth and make changes whenever and wherever required, to ensure the student gets the maximum out of this course. Since this course is detailed, students get the advantage of learning intricate details about this art form. The limited strength of the class also ensures that there is a strong bond between the students and their teacher clearing out any inhibitions that the student might have. The sustained guidance available from the teacher ensures that the student does not deviate from set goals or targets. Learning from a revered, experienced exponent of this art form, through the long duration of this course, keeps the student inspired and motivated to achieve more.

Course Specific Benefits

Once the Student Learns It and is able to Play and Enjoy It , the Art of Tabla Playing Becomes Part of the Life Style Which Inspires One to Explore the Musical Horizon thus Helps and Motivates One towards a Purposeful, Creative and Engaged Lifestyle.


  • Beginners must have Tabla with them.  Exposure to Music, Love for Rhythm and Music, Wish to Learn and will to Practice
  • Intermediate-knowing Basic Strokes and Phrases of Tabla, Be able to Play Few Simple Compositions Like Qayeda, rela etc. Basic Understanding of Laya (Tempo), acquaintance With Different Forms of Indian Classical Music.
  • Advance-having Better Knowledge of the Instrument and Its Repertoire, Be Able to Recite and Play Compositions of Tabla, Good Knowledge of Playing Compositions on Tabla, understanding of Tonal Quality and Laya, Preferable Having Experience of Playing Tabla Solo or Accompaniment With Any Kind of Style.

Weekly Schedule

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Sat 07:30 PM - 11:30 PM America/New_York
Fri 07:30 PM - 11:30 PM America/New_York
Sun 07:30 PM - 11:30 PM America/New_York
Mon 07:30 PM - 11:30 PM America/New_York
Tue 07:30 PM - 11:30 PM America/New_York
Wed 07:30 PM - 11:30 PM America/New_York
Thu 07:30 PM - 11:30 PM America/New_York
2 Seats
Sun 12:30 AM - 04:30 AM America/New_York
Sat 12:30 AM - 04:30 AM America/New_York
2 Seats
Sun 08:30 AM - 12:30 PM America/New_York
Sat 08:30 AM - 12:30 PM America/New_York
Mon 08:30 AM - 12:30 PM America/New_York
Tue 08:30 AM - 12:30 PM America/New_York
Wed 08:30 AM - 12:30 PM America/New_York
Thu 08:30 AM - 12:30 PM America/New_York
Fri 08:30 AM - 12:30 PM America/New_York
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What if a student is unable to attend an upcoming class?
The student is required to inform the teacher about his absence from a particular session, two days prior to the class. In such a case, the teacher will reschedule the class and conduct the rescheduled class on or before the end (i.e. Saturday) of the ensuing week or such other time as may be mutually decided between the teacher and the student. In case the student misses to give two days prior notice about his absence to the teacher, then the decision to conduct another class for that student is completely based on teacher’s discretion.
What are the Other Languages other than English for the Training?
Hindi, Bengali, Panjabi, Urdu
What if the teacher wishes to reschedule a class?
In case the teacher is unavailable for the scheduled class, he/she will inform the students two days prior to the class. The teacher will conduct the rescheduled class on or before the end (i.e. Saturday) of the ensuing week or such other time as may be mutually decided between the teacher and the student.
How long will the teacher take to revert to a query raised after class hours?
The teacher will try to revert back to queries raised after class hours within a 24 hour period
Can this course be customized?
Yes, the course can be customized.

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