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Introducing Tabla: A popular musical instrument of Indian Classical Music

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The Tabla is a wonderful musical instrument which is mainly used in Indian Classical music. It is also an indispensable part of all major classical dances of India. But now-a-days it is being used in other forms of music as well since the use of the Tabla is becoming popular with many creative modern young musicians day by day. As for example the use of the Tabla in jazz music has certainly added some extra charm to the beauty and flavor of jazz.

The tabla is a percussion instrument. No clear evidence has been found about the origin of the Tabla. It is generally believed that the present form of the instrument is about a century old. It has two drums namely the bayan and the dayan. The bayan is played with the left hand while the dayan is played with the right hand. A tabla player plays the Tabla by tapping on the surface of the drums. The left-hand drum (Bayan) is larger in size and generally its body is made of metal like brass, nickel, aluminum. Sometimes the bayan is also made of reddish brown clay or ceramic. The top layer of the bayan is made of leather. There is a round black patch on the layer which is made of flour, iron filings, ferric oxide powder, starch etc. Generally it can play two different sounds. The right hand-drum is smaller in size and it is generally made of some kind of rose wood. It also contains a black patch on the middle of its surface. The dayan can produce twelve different sounds.

However, with a proper synchronization of both drums, the Tabla can produce many more different sound effects. But it requires a lot of practice to learn how to synchronize the sounds produced by each of the drums.

Like most other hand-made Indian crafts, the making of the Tabla includes so much individual handwork. And it does not include any electric components. So to amplify its sound, you may need to place a microphone right before it. This is how modern musicians perform with the Tabla in front of large audience.

 

 

So to amplify its sound, you may need to place a microphone right before it. This is how modern musicians perform with the Tabla in front of large audience. For more information about the musical instruments please visit musical instruments

 

 

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