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 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, "‘This temple brings us together’: How Allen’s Hindu community adapted a sacred ceremony for the pandemic," 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, "7 Things to Do With Your Kids in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 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, "Try listening to Beatrice Dillon inside and outside your head," 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, "‘Is That So?’ by John McLaughlin Review: Meditative Jamming," 24 Jan. 2020 Serene waves of sound underpin Mr. Mahadevan’s gentle, keening vocals, and then the duo is joined by Mr. Hussain, whose tablas gently complement the vocals and guitar. Martin Johnson, WSJ, "‘Is That So?’ by John McLaughlin Review: Meditative Jamming," 24 Jan. 2020 In the foreground is Zakir Hussain playing the tabla in a Taj Mahal tea ad. Sudhir Sitapati, Quartz India, "Hindustan Unilever’s advertising approach is a life skill worth acquiring," 6 Jan. 2020 Bhargava eventually became an accomplished player, even studying tabla with the legendary Zakir Hussain in California. Quanta Magazine, "The Musical, Magical Number Theorist," 12 Aug. 2014 Some of the instruments being used in the track, there's dhols and tablas. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Krewella Announce 'Zer0' Album: 'We Want People to Feel Like They're Part Of Something Big'," 3 Dec. 2019

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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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“Tabla.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2020.

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