I''m new to the Forum, but if anyone is interested in looking for a teacher in the Southern California Area, consider taking lessons from classical tabla master Arup Chattopadhyay (aka Arup Chatterji). He teaches privately as well as once a week at University of California San Diego. I have been his student for a few years now and he is fabulous! He is presently touring on weekends with Pundit Ravi Shankar's North American Tour. His history of performances accompanying Punditji should attest to his singular and superior abilities. Arupji has recently found himself in increasing professional demand, so don't miss this oppurtunity to study with him!