I have been recently to India/Varanasi for a month and was lucky enough to meet someone who is a great tabla player in Varanasi. He teaches tabla at the Hindu Benaras University and I would like you guys to know about him. If you are thinking to go to Varanasi to learn tabla you must contact him.
Vinod Lele 10/18 M.I.G Kabir Nagar Near Durga Kund(Mandir) Varanasi - 221005 UP India
He is very a very good teacher and I mean it. it cost me 200 rupees p/hour but was worth it.
while in India I bought lods of tabla tapes/cds and there is one in particular that I would like to share with you(apart from pt Anindo Chaterjee's drums of India). it is called:
Dharohar Rashid Mustafa Thirakwa a disiple of Jaan Ahamed Thirakwa Beautiful palying with a great/beautiful combination of harmonium and sarangi
one more thing. This is a variation for the kayda
Dhate tedha tete dhadha tete dhage tinna gina etc
var Dhate tedha tete dhadha tete -dha tete dhadha dhate tedha tete dhadha tete dhage tina gina mundi