Online Tabla Lessons for Advance Students


by Apurba Mukherjee

30 Years Experience

Disciple of late Pt. Shankar Ghosh. Performed in more than 28 concerts in India & 25 festivals abroad.

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for 1-on-1, 60 mins class

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Instruction Language

: English

Course Summary

In this course, students will learn another important Taala, Ek Taal – 12 beats. This Taal is very important to accompany Hindustani vocal music. They will learn the Vilambit theke and also the Madhya & Drut theka. They will learn some more intricate compositions in Teen Taal, Jhap Taal, and Rupak Taal and also some compositions in Khanda Jaati and Mishra Jaati in Teen Taal. All these will help them to understand the Laykari and strengthened their Laya, Tempo, improvisation skills, opening minds for accompaniment. They will also learn how to fit Teen Taal in Jhap Taal and vice Versa, this is very important to understand the mathematics in it, which is very simple when you know it. Students will learn different versions of Theke in all 4 Taala, Teen Taal, Jhap Taal, Rupak and Ek Taal. Also, they will learn some Mukhra’s, which will help them to accompany and also to improvise during playing the Theka and coming back to the first beat. They will learn Laggi’s in Dadra and Keharwa, which will help them to accompany Bhajan, Thumri, and Ghazal style of singing. They will also learn the basic system of how to compose Tihai in Teen Taal from different places.

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Apurba Mukherjee

Experience: 30 Years

From: India

  • Teacher Skill Keywords

    Basics of Tabla, Teaching
  • Education

    B.Sc. (Honors) from Asutosh College, Calcutta University

    Disciple from Pandit Shankar Ghosh

  • Work Details

    Secretary & Artistic Director (Charitable work) - "Mangalacharana" - A charitable organisation to support artists and needy people.

  • 90 Online live sessions completed

    This particular teacher is already a hit among our students.
  • About the Course

     1. Suruyat/ Peshkar – Jhap Taal

     2. Compositions in Rupak Taal – 7 beats- Kaida, Rela, Laggi.

     3. Recitation of Rupak Taal’s compositions with Taali Khali system.

     4. Some intricate compositions in Teen Taal and Jhap Taal.

     5. Compositions in Khanda Jaati and Mishra Jaati in Teen Taal.

     6. Compositions with Bayan modulations, different exercise for Bayan modulations.

     7. Theka Variations- Playing Teen Taal, Jhap Taal and Rupak Taal theka with khana puri ,diferrent varions – Vilambit, Madhya and drut laya

     8. How to play Mukhra at the end of the theka.

     9. Introduction of Ek Taal – 12 beats- Vilambit and Madhya laya theka.

     10. How to play Teen Taal in Jhap Taal and vice versa, both the theka and the compositions.

     11. Keharwa (8 beats) & Dadra (6 beats) – Theka, Variations of theka, Bhajan theka.

     12.Some Laggi in Kheharwa and Dadra.

     13.Some fixed compositions – Tukra, Gat, Chakardar, Do Palli,Tri Palli, Chow Palli, Farad, Chalan, Akaal etc in Teen Taal, Jhap Taal & Rupak Taal.

     14. Basic learning of how to make Tihai in Teen Taal from different places with proper mathematic system.

    About the teacher: Apurba is a bright and talented Tabla player in the world of Indian Classical Music. As a disciple of Pandit Shankar Ghosh, he has performed widely in India and abroad, accompanying well-known musicians of the country(such as Ustad Saiuddin Dagar, Pt. Vinayak Torvi, Smt Purnima Sen, Smt Sanjukta Ghosh, Prof. Mohan Singh, Sri Kushal Das, Sri Kaivalya Kumar Gurav, Sri Partho Sarothi, Sri Partha Bose, Sri Sanjoy Banerjee, and others) as well as composing and performing experimental music projects with musicians overseas.

    Some important concerts Apurba has performed in India are : Saaz e Bahaar - NCPA (Mumbai), Thumri Festival (Sahitya Kala Parishad, Kamani Auditorium, New Delhi),Baba Harivallabh Sangeet Mahasabha- Jalandhar, Kumbh Mela- Prayagraj (Department of Culture, Uttar Pradesh Govt.), Dr.Basant Rao Deshpande Smriti Sangeet Samaroh (Nagpur,SCZCC,Ministry Of Culture, Govt Of India), Ravi Shankar Centre - RIMPA Festival (New Delhi),Sangeet Bihaan- Sangeet Natak Academy (Patna), West Bengal State Music Academy Annual Music Festival (Kolkata), ITC Sangeet Research Academy (Kolkata),Santarampant Kirvadkar Smriti Shastriya Sangee Mahotsav, SCZCC, Ministry Of Culture, Govt Of India- Nagpur, Ballygunge Maitryee Music Circle (Kolkata), Basant RituAyee (EZCC, Govt.Of.India),Kala Prakash (Varanasi), SangeetPiyasi, BagbajarAlapan, Shobhabazar Sangeet Sammelan , St.Xavier’s College (kolkata), NTPC (Bihar), Sri Auriobindo Auditorium (Auroville, New Delhi and Pondicherry), IIC (New Delhi),India Institute Of Fundamental Research(Bangalore),Krishna Kriti Festival (Hyderabad),Calcutta Television, Tara Bangla, Kolkata TV & DD Bangla (Television Shows).

    Besides playing important concerts in India he has also perfomed in impotant festivals and concerts in various countries of Canada, Europe and Middle East, such as – Learn Quest Music Conference (Boston, USA),Indian Fine Arts Academy San Diego (San Diego, USA), India Community Center (Rochester, USA), Raga Mala ,Calgary (Canada), Raga Mala, Edmonton (Canada),House Of India (San Diego,USA), Indian Performing Arts Of Charlotte (USA), MIT (Boston, USA), International Mugam Festival (Baku, Azerbaijan), Oriental Landscape Festival (Damascus, Syria), Ali Akbar College Of Music, (Basel, Switzerland),Haus Der Kulturen Der Welt(Berlin), Helsinki University (Finland), Tours University and Conservatory (France),MusseGuimet (National Museum for Oriental Art and Culture, Paris),Les Orientales Festival (France), RASA(Holland), Festival - Bombaysers de Lille 3000 (Lille, France), Bose Blue Note Jazz Fest (Paris), Oslo Opera (Norway),London Jazz Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival (Canada), Paleo Festival (Nyon, Swiss), etc.

    Workshops and Lecture Demonstrations- Governor’s School in Winston Salem (North Caroline, USA), Governor’s School in Raleigh (North Caroline, USA), Conservatory of Angers – France, International Dance Workshop in Metz (France), Higher Institute of Music (Damascus, Syria), Workshop and demonstration about Indian Rhythm in Tours Conservatory (France), Workshop in Conservatory Departmental Emile Goue (Gueret, France), workshops in Auroville (Pondicherry), Association Bhairavi -France, Association Hidole- South France, Anagath (France), etc.

    Apurba has demonstrated different Tala for a CD-ROM, "Antara", which is about the introductions of Indian Classical Music. Maestros like Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Pandit Brij Narayan and Smt. Shruti Sadolikar has also performed on this CD-ROM. Collaborations- Apurba composed and collaborated with great musicians for different projects, like with Jamshid Chemirani, Bijan, and Keyvan Chemirani, withPrem Joshua, with Erik Truffaz Quartet, with Erik Truffaz and Malcolm Braff for Indian Project ( BENARES- Cd from EMI-Blue Note), to name a few. Apurba’s style depicts wonderful filigree of thought, imagination, taalim, and riyaaz. 

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    Oral notation of tabla comprises onomatopoetic syllables called bols. It was Vishnu Digambar, Vishnu Narayan who created the notation system. These notations are preference based and not standardized.The systems have bols written down in a script such as Devanagari.

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