ta·​bla | \ ˈtä-blə How to pronounce tabla (audio) \

Definition of tabla

: a pair of small different-sized hand drums used especially in music of India

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Recent Examples on the Web His mother, Gagan Kishori, was a member of Nepal’s royal family and sometimes accompanied her husband and sons as a vocalist and tabla player. New York Times, 29 Apr. 2021 Like the masters of another hand drum, the tabla of India, Cándido dazzled his audiences. John Edward Hasse, WSJ, 20 Apr. 2021 The Indian tabla virtuoso and ambassador-at-large for world music returns in this virtual concert presented by the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA. Los Angeles Times, 25 Mar. 2021 Friends, family or even complete strangers pick a tabla (board) containing 16 images printed out on a 4×4 grid. Jasmine Aguilera, Time, 24 Dec. 2020 Parimal Shukla, who played the tabla drum during the livestream at the temple, is from Dallas but has been attending graduate school in Tennessee. Dallas News, 19 May 2020 Intended especially for children 3 to 8, the concert will introduce a variety of instruments from around the globe, like the djembe, the vibraphone and the tabla. Laurel Graeber, New York Times, 27 Feb. 2020 Imaginative and hygienic, Dillon’s digital rhythms are punctuated by acoustic instruments — cello, tabla, steel guitar — that pop up and vanish, playing peekaboo with the void. Chris Richards, Washington Post, 26 Feb. 2020 He is joined by tabla master Ustad Zakir Hussain and composer/vocalist Shankar Mahadevan, two of his former bandmates in Shakti. Martin Johnson, WSJ, 24 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of tabla

1865, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tabla

Hindi & Urdu tablā, from Arabic ṭabla

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“Tabla.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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