Tabla

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The tabla (Hindi: तबला, Bengali: তবলা, Urdu: طبلہ}, tablā from Arabic: طبل، طبلة, tabl, tabla) is an Indian drum used for North Indian Music.[1] The tabla invention is found in India. It is also used for classical, popular and devotional music of Pakistan. The instrument is two hand drums of different size and shape, similar to bongos. They make different sounds. The drums are treble and bass drum.

Tabla is played hitting the fingers on the drum head and sliding the palm to create a modulating sound. A lot of sounds can be created from the tabla by changing how you use your hands.

The tabla originated from the a more ancient cylindrical drum called the Pakhawaj.[2]

Zakir Hussain is a notable tabla player. There are different Gharanas or houses of tabla. Zakir Hussain's style is of the Punjab Gharana.[3]

Tabla images
Two drums are the complete set
Professional tabla from Pakrashi.


 
Carvings from 200 BC.
200 BC carvings from Bhaje caves, Maharashtra, India showing a woman playing Tabla and another dancer performing.


 
Zakir Hussain playing tabla.
Ustad Zakir Hussain performing at Konark, Odisha  


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