Tabla  -  For Advanced Students

Tabla - For Advanced Students

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Author: Sadanand Naimpalli
Foreword/Introduction: Pandit Shivkumar Sharma
Publisher: Popular Prakashan
Year: 2011
Language: English
Pages: 218
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788179914441


Indian Classical Music is mostly learnt through the Guru-Shishya parampara, which is also known as "Gurumukhi Vidya". It is an oral Tradition where one has to learn directly from the Guru, without taking down any notes or any help from written compositions. As a result, we rarely come across an authentic Book on Indian classical music, be it vocal or instrumental.

Still more rare are such Books which have been written by performing Musicians who have had their training according to this Guru-Shishya parampara. "Tabla for Advanced Students", a book written by Pt. Sadanand Naimpalli, provides much needed Material for students of Tabla, and young musicians in general. He has brought out an exhaustive Study of Tabla which draws from his long experience in learning and performing.

The book starts with the Introduction, explaining the Guru-Shishya Relationship which is only found in the Indian classical music tradition. Then Pt. Naimpalli goes on to give a detailed system of playing—Peshkaar, Kaida, Tihai, Rela, Gat, Paran and various other elements of different Gharanas of Tabla playing. Besides that, there are also some very rare taals with useful guidelines of playing solo Tabla.


“Pt. Naimpalli has given a detailed system of playing-Peshkaar, Kaida, Tihai, Rela, Gat, Paran and various other elements of different gharanas of Tabla playing. Besides that there are also some very rare Taals with all the Material of Playing solo Tabla.

I can very well understand how much dedication, research work and commitment is there behind this effort. This could be a very useful reference book for students of Tabla and Musicians in General.

I wish Pt. Sadanand Naimpalli all the best and am confident that his book will find its place in all the best institutes of India and abroad. It will also, guide tabla players who are looking for traditional authentic knowledge of tabla playing.
= Pandit Shivkumar Sharma

“One of my main concerns I have is about the lack of unification in the standardization of the teaching of tabla… Mr. Naimpally received his training from one of the great educators of tabla, Pt. Taranath Rao. Taranathji’s analysis of the repertoire of Tabla was based on logic and practicality and this approach is clearly evident in Sadanand Naimpally’s book… This may be the first step towards the way we look at tabla in the future.”
= Ustad Zakir Hussain in his Foreword, Theory and Practice of Tabla



1. The Guru
2. Peshkaar
3. Kaida
4. Rela
5. G'th
6. Tihaai
7. Chakkardaar
8. Paran
9. Tukda
10. Baant
11. Teentaal
12. Taal Roopak
13. Jhaptaal
14. Accompaniment
15. Ektaal
16. Aadaachoutaal
17. Shankh' Taal
18. Vasant Taal
19. Taal A'sht'm'ng'l
20. Taal p'nch'm S'vaari
21. Shikh'r Taal
22. Taal j'g'd'mbaa