About the Tabla
Music of India goes back to the three to four thousand year old Vedic era and Tabla repotoire is believed to be around three to four hundred years old. Indian music has been instrumental in the search for realizing oneself and in the search for truth. The Tabla sitting posture in itself is a yogic posture. The bell like meditative sound and the highly evolved rhythmic compositions are the unique properties of this incredible instrument.
Tabla is the principal accompaniment instrument of Indian music and has the highly evolved solo Tabla repertoire. Tabla has a tremendously sweet sound; it has its own language and simple to complex mathematical calculations in which hundreds of compositions are set. The Tabla is comprised of two drums, one played by each hand. Each drum consists of a hollow interior covered with a leather surface. The bayan ('left' in Hindi) is the larger bass drum. The smaller drum is the daya ('right' in Hindi), on which numerous higher-pitched tones are produced. It is tuned to the 'SA' (tonic) of the main melodic instrument. Tabla can accompany any genre of music or any musical instrument in the world. The credit for making Tabla so versatile and musical goes to many legends and maestros of the past and present era who passed down this art form through generations in the form of various schools of music popularly known as 'Gharanas'.
Tabla-Sutra, School of Indian Classical Drumming, is a center for learning the art of Tabla Playing.
At the Tabla-Sutra lessons are designed in a way that enables students to perform and master the different styles of Tabla playing depending upon their interest, whether it is Indian classical music, solo Tabla repertoire, devotional music or world music etc. Incorporating aspects of contemporary education, lessons are based on the Indian system of pedagogy called the Guru-Shishya Parampara (Master-Disciple tradition) which Taral received from his Gurus in India. The school offers group and individual Tabla classes, hosts visiting artists, concerts and workshops in the Halifax region. Our vision is to celebrate and share the music of India with diverse audiences of Atlantic Canada.
About the Founder, Taral Naik
Taral is a versatile Tabla Player from Mumbai, India who moved to Halifax in 2016. Taral received training in Tabla through the ancient system of pedagogy called the 'Guru-Shishya Parampara' (Master-Disciple tradition) from Guru Pandit Sudhir Mainkar of Delhi Gharana. Taral also holds a Masters Degree in Percussions (Tabla) from Bharati Vidyapeeth, Pune, India. Having grown up in a musical environment, his natural inclination towards Tabla became apparent early in his childhood. At the age of ten he was initiated into Tabla playing by his father Pankaj Naik who is a disciple of the Late Ustad Allarakha. Taral is a regular international performer of both traditional Indian music and contemporary world music. Following many years of performing and teaching in India, he looks forward to promote not only the art of Tabla playing but also the culture, music and instruments of India in Atlantic Canada.