The Journey of Tabla Players in Live Indian Music with Freedom and Leela

The Tablas create a distinctive recognizable sound that make them the foundation of the rhythmic patterns in Indian Music. Punjabi Folk, Geets, Ghazals and Indian Wedding music rely on the unique sound of these drums to create a special mood to the music.

Tablas Vancouver

Tablas Vancouver

The Tablas are an Indian percussion instrument used in Hindustani music and in popular Indian folk and devotional music of the India and Pakistan. The instrument consists of a pair of hand drums of contrasting sizes and timbres, one playing the treble sounds and the other bass. The term tabla is derived from an Arabic word, tabl, which simply means “drum.” The tabla is used in some other Asian musical traditions outside of India, such as in the Indonesian, Afghanistan and now commonly in the West in Yoga and Mantra Music.

Tablas Portland USA

Tablas Portland USA

Playing Tablas involves extensive use of the fingers with the treble hand (for the tabla) and palms in various configurations for the bass or bayana to create a wide variety of different sounds, reflected in the syllables or rhythms called (bols). The heel of the hand is used to apply pressure or in a sliding motion on the larger drum (bayan) so that the pitch is changed during the sound’s decay.

Tablas Los Angeles California, USA

Tablas Los Angeles California, USA

Historically there is a myth says that the 13th century Indian poet Amir Khusrau, the inventor of the tabla split the mridangam or the pakhawaj in two. (‘thoda, tab bhi bola – tabla’: ‘When broke, it still spoke’ – a fairly well known pun in the Indian music circles). However none of Khusrau’s writings on music mention the Tabla drum. There are Hindu temple carvings of double hand drums resembling tabla dating back to 500 BC. The tabla closely resembles a mridangam a South Indian drum cut into two.

Tablas Orange County California

Tablas Orange County California

Freedom and Leela have had over a 100 tabla players accompany them over the decades for their music performances. Here are a few images that were captured and shared with them in various parts of the world.

 

Sikh Wedding Music Mexico

Sikh Wedding Music Mexico

Tablas Wayne Dyer Vancouver

Tablas Wayne Dyer Vancouver

Tablas Orlando Florida

Tablas Orlando Florida

Tablas Surrey BC

Tablas Surrey BC

 

Tablas Winnipeg Canada

Tablas Winnipeg Canada

Tablas New Westminster BC

Tablas Costa Rica

Tablas Costa Rica

Tablas Surrey BC Class

Tablas Surrey BC Class

Tablas Oregon

Tablas Oregon

Indian Wedding Tablas

Indian Wedding Tablas

Yoga Music Tablas

Yoga Music Tablas

 

Tabla Workshop Mexico City

Tabla Workshop Mexico City