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Dhaval
Tabalyas??? Nov 04, 2001 11:55 p.m.


Hello Fellow Tabalyas,

I was curious as to what kind of people are learning Tabla away from India! As in my case I am a Comp Sci student learning Tabla. I have my colleagues ranging from s/w engineers to students like me and kids going to elementary school. So people visiting this board - what exactly are you folks doing?

Cheers...

deanis
Re:Tabalyas??? Nov 05, 2001 07:50 a.m.


hey. I'm a bike courior from Calgary, Canada. I just bought my first set of tablas a week ago, and I love 'em
BuddhistMonk
Re:Tabalyas??? Nov 05, 2001 06:34 p.m.


I am a highschool student, I also play guitar. In a year or so I will be a college student, then a musician. What do you do?
agodemar
Re:Tabalyas??? Nov 07, 2001 06:23 a.m.


Hi
I am an aerospace engineer from Naples, Italy...
I have practiced Siddha Yoga (www.siddhayoga.org) for 6 years...
first I learnt how to play the pakhawaj... 5 years ago
then I met an Indian Tabla player and began to study this great Instrument 4 years ago...
Pudani
Re:Tabalyas??? Nov 07, 2001 01:19 p.m.


Hello Agodemar,
I'm learning tabla for about 5 years now.It is indeed a great instrument.Recently I bought a pakhawaj. But the problem is I don't know how to play the bols. It seems very hard to find any info about it on the net. Can you explain me how to play the major bols? It would help me a lot! Thanx!!


Hi
I am an aerospace engineer from Naples, Italy...
I have practiced Siddha Yoga (www.siddhayoga.org) for 6 years...
first I learnt how to play the pakhawaj... 5 years ago
then I met an Indian Tabla player and began to study this great Instrument 4 years ago...[/quote]

Dhaval
Re:Tabalyas??? Nov 08, 2001 12:12 a.m.


It is good to hear back from all of you. I have been learning tabla for 2 years now. Do want to learn Pakhawaj but need to find a teacher in Dallas area for that. Someday hopefully - keep the good stuff coming...

Cheers
-Dhaval

A.R.Chowdhury
Re:Tabalyas??? Nov 20, 2001 08:27 a.m.


Hello!!

I am a petroleum Geologist, learning Tabla in Singapore for six years.

A.R.Chowdhury
Re:Tabalyas??? Nov 20, 2001 08:27 a.m.


Hello!!

I am a petroleum Geologist, learning Tabla in Singapore for six years.

a-man
Re:Tabalyas??? Dec 07, 2001 09:02 p.m.


im a multi-instrumentalist high school student (working on my second year now) living in new york been playing tablas for some 2 months or so im going to take lessons soon probably
Muzon
Re:Tabalyas??? Dec 07, 2001 12:26 p.m.


I am a Business Systems Analyst with Air New Zealand and have been learning Tabla on and off for the last 10 yrs

I play mainly Bhajan type simple Thekas but would like to progress in classical where the challenges are.

Need some tips on Tirakita techniques as i have been learning Benares Gharana which comprises of strings of Tirakita's requiring a double stroke with the middle and ring fingers. Very difficult at high speeds

SwarSystems
Re:Tabalyas??? Dec 09, 2001 04:27 p.m.


Hi,

I am a software developer, originally in the banking systems, but I have now found my way in the music systems!

I have been learning tabla for the last 6-7 years, but I haven't been able to practice much these last 2 years, because of the work. I try to keep it going on, though. My teacher is Mr. Paul Grant (pricking my ears in respect;-) who lives in Geneva. He also teaches sitar and santoor.

Love.

Mariano

BlueWaters
Re:Tabalyas??? Dec 09, 2001 06:07 p.m.


Dhaval in the Dallas area contact pandyaken@aol.com Kiran Pandya. He can teach you the bols which he learned from taranathji. Jai


Dhaval (Nov 08, 2001 12:12 a.m.):
It is good to hear back from all of you. I have been learning tabla for 2 years now. Do want to learn Pakhawaj but need to find a teacher in Dallas area for that. Someday hopefully - keep the good stuff coming...

Cheers
-Dhaval


Rod
Re:Tabalyas??? Dec 10, 2001 03:08 a.m.


Hi

I am a software consultant/programmer for the pharmaceutical Industry. I have been learning tabla for the past three years and I play every day with an average of two hours a day. This swarshala software is making an amazing difference(for the better) but I think I will need another three to four years(of everyday practice) to become a decente player.

Rod

suding
Re:Tabalyas??? Dec 15, 2001 08:02 a.m.


Hi everybody,
I am mechanical engineer working on CAD/CAM software in a tooling manufacturing company in India.
I am learning tabla for past 3 months.
HITEN
Re:Tabalyas??? Dec 16, 2001 05:05 p.m.


hey, i'm a high-school student in england. i been playing keyboard for the last 5 years. 2 years into that i got into percussion (mainly drums and using electronic drum machines) but slowly i started playing on my dads tabla and dholak too. as time went on i started going to bhajans with my dad and playing dholak with him, but during the last year, i've been playing alot with bhajan and garba groups. also i've been playing the tabla/dholak tracks on my recordings. during the last two yeard i got into sitar also, and have 2 lessons a week, and also continued with keyboard, many different sorts of percussion, still going with sitar, done a bit with acoustic and bass guitar, indian banjo (played in a lot of gujerati folk music), picked up a shenai a lil, and also i am doing a lot of sound engineering and also loads of recording
Sergei
Re:Tabalyas??? Dec 27, 2001 06:35 a.m.


I�m a comp sci student and system consultant at a software company. I�m start to play tabla a month ago. I�ve been practicing Sahaja Yoga(www.sahajayoga.org) for 3 years, so after that start my passion for this marvelous instrument.
Manchoa
Re:Tabalyas??? Dec 28, 2001 02:32 a.m.


Hy I am Tommy
I am 26 years old singer and social worker from Estonia. Also playing guitar, quena, bongos, pan-flute, didgeridoo.
Raymondji
Re:Tabalyas??? Jan 11, 2002 12:55 p.m.


Hello
My name is Ray, and I'm (mostly) from Massachusetts. I've been a percussionist for 15 years, but got into tabla only recently. I'm presently studying percussion at the University of Connecticut.

I love this site. Everyone just seems so helpful and friendly. Thanks!

Jake
Re:Tabalyas??? Jan 14, 2002 03:49 a.m.


I am a student from Oulu, Finland. I've been playing percussion for abot ten years and tabla about a year. Last year I practiced for 6hours a day+ music listening for two hours. It FUNtastic I have practiced understanding with mathematics and I have found my ways to improvise as much as possible in different tals.
Jake
krasp
Re:Tabalyas??? Jan 15, 2002 02:09 a.m.


hello everybody

I am a french tabla player. I'm lucky that Pandit Shankar Gosh and his students come often in my area. I've been playing for 4 years now, the sound is coming
i am a composer and sound engineer.

apeiron
Re:Tabalyas??? Sep 03, 2002 08:06 a.m.


Hi everybody,

I am programmer, 43, have a tabla since 10 month. And my way to the tabla: violin, archery (sport and zen), musicschool, rider (jumping), gregorian chant, climbing, study of history and latin (universit�t, MA), classical guitar, singing education (oratory), workshop with Randy Warshaw (contact improvisation), three children. I hope I didn�t forgot anything;--)

Dougie
Re:Tabalyas??? Sep 03, 2002 09:01 a.m.


Hi,

I am a resident of Toronto working in telecommunications.

I had been attending a meditation center for the last 8-10 yrs where one day a month is 'kirtan' (devotional chanting with harmonium, tanpura, bells and tabla) The "tabla player" had not the rudiments of playing which was disturbing to my meditation and so I took it upon myself to join the kirtan group - after taking lessons from a tabla teacher for 9 months.

I have been playing for the last 17 months or so and try to put in an hours practice daily.

Playing gives me a certain "high" and notwitstanding I am in my early fifties, I plan to play for as long as possible.

I frequent this forum regularly and I feel a great kinship to all you good folk out there. It is one-of -a-kind who plays tabla and discovering this beautiful instrument is a benediction in itself.

Cheers ! tere kit tha din - - din tha.....

Warren
Re:Tabalyas??? Sep 03, 2002 10:54 a.m.


Wow look at all the great responses!
My name is Warren, as a joke they often call me Varun. I started tabla studies around 1978 at the Ali Akbar College in CA under Jnan Prakesh Ghosh then Zakir and Allah Rakha also Pranesh Khan who still comes and teaches workshops here.
I live in Austin Texas we have a great tabla community, maybe 30 to 40 tablayas. For the last 3 years we have all been getting teachers here for workshops. Zakir and Anindo Chatterjee have been here, Samir Chatterjee and a number of yearly regulars including Sadanand Naimpalli, Gourisankar, Sudhir Pandey, Pranesh as I mentioned and quite a few others.
Please visit my website http://www.angelfire.com/music3/tabla Check out the news and photo gallery to see all the great stuff happening here. I am also friends with David in nearby Houston and link to this forum on my front page. This is the best tabla forum on the web.
Greetings
Warren
Ryan
Re:Tabalyas??? Sep 03, 2002 12:20 p.m.


Hi,

I am a Computer Engineer. I've been playing the Tabla for the past four years, it's like my hobby so no comments.

Swara
Re:Tabalyas??? Sep 03, 2002 12:35 p.m.


I work in the graphical sector and I live in Antwerp,Belgium. My age is 39. I used to play sax (the only musical instrument invented by a Belgian) and the bass. But now I put all my energy in Asian music. More precise tabla and Indonesian gamelan. A few months a year I have tablalessons from my friend/teacher coming over from Benares. Here in Belgium I can count my fellow tablayas on one hand. No Guru is living here. To bad!! When a read about your tabla community in Austin I am a little bit jealous,Warren.
Warren
Re:Tabalyas??? Sep 04, 2002 05:38 p.m.


There is a lot you can do to make a tabla scene.
Aloke Dutta was partially responsible for creating the Austin Tabla scene. He lived and taught here for many years. But what has happened recently (last 3 or 4 years) should be possible to recreate somewhere else. If you live in a city, community or close to a city that has frequent Indian music concerts and organizations. With a handful of students you can do what we did . #1Become friends with the people that put on the concerts (offer help) #2 Ask every Tabla accompanist that comes to town to teach a workshop. Most will do it if they can teach 3 to 5 students at 20-30 dollars each for an hour and a half. Something else you can do, teach lessons if you are proficient enough. Now we have 16 to 20 students paying for a workshop, half of them we started them on tabla ourselves. It takes about 15 to 20 students to bring in the big guns but even 5 or 6 will get you started . And be persistant Don't get offended if the Tablaya doesn't have time, the tablaya that can't teach on this visit will make a little more time the next visit . Keep asking . Now we have to many teachers and they are finding us, 4 or 5 teachers a year is all you want (especially if they are Anindo or Zakir). One thing you have to work together. At first the older students here all wanted private lessons but this is an every man for himself attitude. Many times a visiting tablaya might teach one student but that doesn't work for the community. Make the sacrifice and get everyone together at once it pays off in the long run. I hope others can do what we have done in Austin. And there are lots of tabla players that love to teach and love to add a little extra to there visit for a concert.
Warren
http://www.angelfire.com/music3/tabla
cgriffin
Re:Tabalyas??? Sep 05, 2002 09:41 a.m.


Hi Agodemar,

I also practice Siddha Yoga, In Boston MA. I've been a devotee for about 8 years now, and have had the good fortune to learn from many of Gurmayi's finest: Arjun Bhatt, Vidura Barrios, Vitthal Ramiro, etc. Not that I'm that good. I've been slowly learning Tabla also, but need to take the big leap there. Right now my life doesn't give me the time ;-(

SGMKJ!
Chris



agodemar (Nov 07, 2001 06:23 a.m.):
Hi
I am an aerospace engineer from Naples, Italy...
I have practiced Siddha Yoga (www.siddhayoga.org) for 6 years...
first I learnt how to play the pakhawaj... 5 years ago
then I met an Indian Tabla player and began to study this great Instrument 4 years ago...
apeiron
Re:Tabalyas??? Sep 06, 2002 02:41 a.m.


I forgot it�. I have a teacher, a very very good one.

Because without fail you need a teacher just to show you the way. The sort one. Bye.

Dougie
Re:Tabalyas??? Sep 06, 2002 09:05 a.m.


Hi,

I'm from Toronto in the telecom industry and have been playing tabla for the past 1-1/2 yrs.

I frequent a meditation center where once a month is Kirtan (devotional chanting with harmonium, bells, tanpura and tabla). In the absence of a real tabla player, any member of the congregation, daring enough, would 'keep time' on the tabla. The results were more disturbing than tranqualising. With divine inspiration, I decided to learn, notwithstanding that I am in my 50's and sitting cross-legged was pure torture.

My initial intention was to learn the rudiments to accompany the harmonium player and took lessons for the next 9 months. But now I'm hooked and feel sorry I had not started years ago.

Being a regular visitor to this forum and judging from your input and comments I have come to realise that the 'tabla player' is of a unique breed - one that I feel a kinship to.

Thanks All

Dougie
Re:Tabalyas??? Sep 06, 2002 12:13 p.m.


Hi, Folks,

I'm from Toronto in the telecom industry and have been playing tabla for the past 1-1/2 yrs.

I frequent a meditation center where once a month is Kirtan (devotional chanting with harmonium, bells, tanpura and tabla). In the absence of a real tabla player, any member of the congregation, daring enough, would
'keep time' on the tabla. The results were more disturbing than tranqualising. With divine inspiration, I decided to learn, notwithstanding that I am in my 50's and sitting cross-legged was pure torture.

My initial intention was to learn the rudiments to accompany the harmonium player and took lessons for the next 9 months. But now I'm
hooked and feel sorry I had not started years ago.

Being a regular visitor to this forum and judging from your input and comments I have come to realise that the 'tabla player' is of a unique
breed - one that I feel a kinship to.

Thanks All

(ps: this is my second attempt to post msg, so you may see it more than once)

rod
Re:Tabalyas??? Sep 06, 2002 12:51 p.m.


No time to feel sorry...only to practice !! bless ya!
Dougie
Re:Tabalyas??? Sep 07, 2002 10:56 a.m.


Hi, All,

I am from Toronto in telecommunications and playing tabla the last 1-1/2 yrs.

Once a month at a meditation group we have kirtan (devotional chanting with harmonium, tanpura, bells and tabla) The tabla player could be any one from the congregation brave enough to 'keep time' with the harmonium player. The result was more distracting than calming. Consequently, I took it upon myself to learn, notwitstanding I am in my 50's, attempting the cross-legged position with deafening protests from creaking knees and the position itself pure torture.

After the rudiments with a teacher for about 9 months - I was hooked ! The joy in practice was a thrill and a meditation all in one. I was sorry not to have started years earlier.

It gives me great pleasure to visit this forum ever so often (to learn as I have very little to contribute) and to feel the kinship and encouragement.

Thanks to each of you,

Dougie

Dougie
Re:Tabalyas??? Sep 07, 2002 11:01 a.m.


My apologies for posting so often. I was unable to see my msg and kept trying over again.

there is a lot more than tabla that I need to learn.

Ryan
Re:Tabalyas??? Sep 07, 2002 01:35 p.m.


Hi,

I'm a Computer Engineer. I've been playing tabla for the past 4 years now. It's one of my most passionate hobby besides sleeping, so no comments.

Cheers.

Ryan

Ryan
Re:Tabalyas??? Sep 07, 2002 01:43 p.m.


Man!!! Sorry about all that two time postings. I just couldn't figure out where to view mines. Same as Dougie.

Anyway, I do have to add something else- eating is also one of my passionate hobbies but I'm not out of shape, thanks god! But, tabla is very different (very different...sleeping eating argh!) it changed my life. Sniff sniff.

Ryan

T-Kalex
Re:Tabalyas??? Sep 09, 2002 04:34 p.m.


hello everybody

I am also a french tabla player. I've been playing drum for 7 years , and tabla for 2 years.
I'm still student (24 years old).
( speak english hardly...).

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