Learn Basics of Tabla | Hindustani Classical

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This course for three months is a foundational course to learn to play the Indian percussion instrument, tabla. Students enrolling in this course learn about tabla as an instrument and the different connotations associated with the instrument such as syahi, maidan, dahina, bahina etc. They will also learn the basics of playing the tabla following a rhythmic pattern or tala. Understand and practice the seating posture when playing the tabla as well as tabla recital.

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West Bengal

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26 Weeks
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25 Years Experience
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Basics of Tabla
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Rabindra Bharati University
Bachelor of Arts
Rabindra Bharati University
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Pandit Shankar Ghosh Academy Of Tabla
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Blazing Muzik (Sunayana Ghosh Academy of Tabla)

Course Details

This course is the foundation course for learning the Indian percussion instrument tabla. This course is designed to introduce to students tabla as an instrument, the elements that make up the tabla and their description. Students enrolling will in the first few lessons learn on how to sit in front of the tabla set. As tabla is played sitting down, it is important for students to learn the technique to ensure they are at ease when playing the instrument. Once the students have grasped the posture, the next lessons will lead students to understand the basics of tabla notations. Students will learn the significance of different terms that constitute a tabla notation. Terms like matra, vibhag, taali, khaali will be discussed with students to enable a clear understanding and interpretation of notations. Moving on students will be taught some basic exercises to get the feel of the tabla and to exercise the fingers. Next, students get to learn about teen taal, a 16 beat rhythmic cycle. Teen taal, also referred to as the king of taals is a preferred tala for musicians especially the solo artist. Students will get to practice basic compositions in teen taal to get them accustomed to the emanating sound and finger movement. In the later stage of this course, students will get to learn the recital of different compositions vocally before moving ahead to practice it on the tabla.

After successful completion of this course, students can gear themselves for the other courses by Sunayana Ghosh: Taals on Tabla | Hindustani Classical and Complex Compositions On Tabla | Hindustani Classical | Learning Tabla Online

About Sunayana Ghosh: Sunayana’s attraction to rhythm and beats started at an early age when she picked up learning the tabla at the tender age of six. Her mother a vocalist has been a major influence in the life of the gifted tabla player. Sunayna groomed her tabla playing skills, initially under the guidance of Samar Mitra and later under the renowned tabla exponent, late Pt. Shankar Ghosh of the Farrukhabad gharana and continued training under the guidance of his son tabla maestro Bikram Ghosh. Today Sunayana is a renowned female tabla player who has showcased her talent both in India and abroad. Sunayna’s talent is not restricted to just tabla as she is also trained in Kathak as well as vocals.

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Enrolling for this course you create a strong foundation in playing the Indian percussion instrument, tabla. You learn about the sitting posture, important to play the tabla with ease and comfort. You also progress, one step at a time, learning tabla from the basics, learning the notations, followed by understanding the tala structure or system an eminent part of tabla playing. You will by the end of this course be able to play teen taal, having a 16 beat tala structure, alongside learning tabla recitals. This course equips you with the knowledge to move ahead and pursue higher levels of learning.

The ipassio Edge

Students enrolling for this long term course on ipassio have the advantage of getting introduced to or learn the intricacies of an art form, from an experienced exponent of the art. This course deal with creating a strong foundation on a specific topic. The syllabus of this course is predefined and ready before the commencement of the course. This gives students an understanding of the knowledge they will gain in the stipulated period of time, helping them in their planning and decision making. The persistent support from teachers enables the student to accomplish and achieve the desired result or outcome within the given time frame. The class strength for short term courses is limited to 3, ensuring that each student gets attention. A set of 3 individuals enrolling for this course encourages learning from peers and social interaction. This course bodes good for students passionate about learning, setting them up for the long term or advanced level of learning.

Course Specific Benefits

This course enables students to confidently step into the world of tabla play. Students learn about reading, writing and interpreting tabla notations. They also get to understand tala structure through the practice of teen taal. Students also get trained on recitals which are the vocal mimic of bols or beats on the tabla, helping them comprehend better.



Students enrolling for this course need to possess:

1) A tabla set;

2) Tabla powder;

3) Tabla hammer;

4) Copy of talim tracker; and

5) Book and a pen for notes.

Weekly Schedule

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Section A
Thu 07:30 PM - 08:15 PM America/Chicago
2 Seats
Section B
Fri 08:30 AM - 09:15 AM America/Chicago
1 Seat
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Is there an age or gender restriction to enroll for this course?
Students for the basics course can join as early as 3 years, guided by their parents.
How much time should a student devote to practice everyday?
Students should devote at least an hour to practice everyday.
Would students course related material apart from the live sessions?
Students will receive video links, audio links and tukra notes.
Are there any specific expectations from students?
Students should practice everyday and maintain regularly updated taleem tracker.
What if the student is unable to attend an upcoming class?
The student is required to inform the teacher about his absence from a particular session, one day 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 if the teacher wishes to reschedule the class?
In case the teacher is unavailable for the scheduled class, he/she will inform the students one day 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.
Would the student get assessed through the course? Would the student receive a certificate after completion of course? Would the teacher be training students to appear for exams such as gandharva mahavidyalaya?
Yes, students would get assessed on the basis of taleem tracker and test. They would get certificates from the teachers institute. Yes they can be trained for exams.
Can this course be customized?
The course is designed for beginners to get an in depth learning, it cannot be modified or customized.
How long will it take for the teacher to respond if the student raises a question after class hours through mail or the platform?
Students can expect an immediate response unless the teacher is occupied with a show or some other commitment.

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