While in Calgary to accompany kathak dancer Sudeshna Maulik, I was also fortunate to present a small tabla workshop, organized by my percussionist friends Malcolm and Kyle. During the first half of the workshop, I gave a hands-on introduction to the tabla and basic techniques. For the second part, the focus was on North Indian rhythmic concepts, which we explored using clapping and bol recitation.
I ended the workshop with a short tabla solo. The participants all did a great job of keeping taal! I had a wonderful time, and I think that all the participants had great fun too. I'm always very happy to share my love for tabla and Indian classical music, and the time just flew by! Many thanks to Malcolm for organizing, and to Kyle for being such a gracious host.
|Even the fish seemed to want to know more. :)|
Keeping taal during the solo.
|The whole gang!|
As always, thanks to Caroline Tabah for the photos!