Kid, There are dozens of good books on the subject written by reputable musicians, many with accompanying tapes or CD's. Try your local library, it's free. Inqure at the desk about inter-library loans if they don't have what you're looking for on the shelves or in their catalogues. Aanaddha "Reading is fun".
Hi, seriously, if you have tabla to begin with, I think finacially you can afford $20+/- to buy a good book. You have to realize the people who write the books are musicians, and when you copy their publications, you are taking advantage of them, and that is not a very nice thing. I will warn you that any video tutors you find offered by Batish will be horrible, that family is only after your money, so don't be tempted to by that junk. David's books are a good reference, otherwise there is a set of two books that I believe is called "Play on Tabla" by Pankaj, if you want that set I can probably get you one for cheap because I have tons of contacts in India. Otherwise another option is to buy yourself a phone card and maybe call up a tabla player and take lessons over the phone. I wish I could teach you since we are closer in age (18 here) but I play pakhawaj, and the technique is a lot different. Just email me at email@example.com, maybe I can find someone to teach you for free.
Beenkar Ted Ceplina
try getting into contact with a tabla player who can give you lessons over a webcam. I don't know if any exist, but if they do, you are really lucky! or you can try tabla central. http://home.comcast.net/~tabla/