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Understanding Tabla and it’s nuances

with Pt. Sudhir Mainkar

A genuine artist should continue to grow and a good listener should continue to grow in their understanding capacities of improvised music.

- Pt. Sudhir Mainkar

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He was trained by Ustad Inam Ali Khan of Delhi Gharana and Pandit Sudhir Kumar Saxena of Ajarada Gharana. Pt. Mainkar's passion for traditional tabla and reluctance to compromise on its purity and authenticity makes him one of the important figures in the contemporary music world. Pt. Sudhir Mainkar commands immense respect for his deep study of the tabla. He has written a book( in Hindi) on " tabla " under title "Tabla Vadan: Kala aur Shastra", published by A. B. Gandharva Mahavidyalaya Mandal, Miraj (2000). He has also written an another research-based book on tabla, under title "Aesthetics of Tabla" in the year 2008 (English Edition) and also published its Hindi edition under title '' Tabla vadan me nihit soundarya " (2008). I am super honoured and feel privileged to ask a few questions about tabla and music to 80 years Old Pt. Sudhir Mainkar. This Audiogyan will be in Marathi.

Gyan session

A detail introduction on Tabla, taal, naad and lay… What is peshkara? What is Farashbandi? What is qayda? What is rela? Why does Aroh and avroh exist in singing? What is khali bhari?