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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Indian tabla has been my percussion instrument of choice for the last decade. Cindy Atoji Keene,, "Art ‘eats at me all day long’," 29 June 2018 Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F. Samarth Nagarkar, Josh Feinberg Vocal; sitar; Ehren Hanson, and Satish Tare, tabla. Chronicle Staff Report, San Francisco Chronicle, "Classical music and dance listings," 7 June 2018 Shaidayi starts singing as the man to his left plays the tabla and the one to his right a clarinet. Maija Liuhto, Longreads, "A Music So Beautiful the Birds Fell from the Trees," 28 June 2018 There was no difference between the rhythmic expressions of someone doing a taal that goes with Khattak [a style of dance] or with the tabla or someone translating that into English. Sowmya Krishnamurthy, Billboard, "Hit Songwriter Raja Kumari Is Becoming an Artist on Her Own Terms: My Label 'Didn't Know What Box to Put' Me In," 15 June 2018 They're managed by IMG Artists, a huge international talent agency that also represents the likes of Japanese taiko troupe Kodo, Spanish flamenco star Diego el Cigala, and Indian tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "Mariachi Herencia de Mexico turns Chicago schoolkids into chart-busting stars," 23 May 2018 Let’s dispense with preliminaries: In so many ways, live dance and music don’t get better than Alonzo King’s world premiere collaboration with tabla master Zakir Hussain, continuing through Sunday, April 15, at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Rachel Howard, San Francisco Chronicle, "Hussain on hand for Lines Ballet’s glorious 35th birthday," 8 Apr. 2018 South Asian Classical Music Society: Ustad Shahid Parvez and Hindole Majumdar perform traditional Indian works on the sitar and tabla. John Von Rhein,, "Recommended Chicago classical concerts for April 13-19," 12 Apr. 2018 Jayanta Banerjee on sitar, vocalist Vaibhav Mankad and tabla player Satyaprakash Mishra performed sitting up on a platform stage left, while pianist Carmen Staaf, bassist Tabari Lake and drummer Allison Miller accompanied at stage right. Laura Bleiberg,, "How do you link classical Indian dance to American tap? Four women show how," 23 Mar. 2018

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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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The first known use of tabla was in 1865

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