Puri is incorrect as well. Puri is a fried bread in india. I'm trying to think of a correct way of spelling it in english and I can't. Perhaps Purdi? no, that's not right either. Find an indian person and have him/her say it and decide for yourself. Be careful, because sometimes indian people say it with an "american" accent in the presence of "americans." Make sure you have him/her say it the proper indian way. I have a feeling your teacher may have said it with an american accent because Puri is incorrect. I guess what happens is whenever I see "pudi" i pronounce it the correct indian way and don't actually spell out the letters. Much like the worlds"laugh" and "though."
See, this is why we need a devanagari script on this site... and why tabla players should learn the alphabet from some source that also tells you how to pronounce the letters. This web site might help - I haven't really tried the sounds because Quicktime totally messed up my sound last time I installed it so I vowed I would never install it again... http://www.arts.usyd.edu.au/departs/asia/india/SanskritScriptsHome.html
Jason (Feb 26, 2003 11:51 a.m.): Hi why do we write the word sounding puri as PUDI i felt so imbarresed when i was talking to a tabla teacher and he said i was saying a very rude word.
Why do we not pronounce the D and why not just put the R in its place. YOU COULD OF SAVED ME THE EMBARRASSMENT TABLA LOVERS!