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The Mridangam maestro discusses cross-cultural teaching, the rhythms of the ocean, and the future of Carnatic percussion. By George Howlett | Part of Living Traditions: 21 articles for 21st-century Indian classical music
The Benares tabla maestro discusses jazz, turning down the Sugababes, and the links between rhythm and food. By George Howlett | Part of Living Traditions: 21 articles for 21st-century Indian classical music
Examining why patterns of three have such a distinctive power to tell concise stories in music, art, and literature - and tabla. By George Howlett | Part of Living Traditions: 21 articles for 21st-century Indian classical music
Discover Indian classical music via styles you like - this article builds sonic bridges to rock, jazz, jungle, hip-hop, house, and more. By George Howlett | Part of Living Traditions: 21 articles for 21st-century Indian classical music
Tabla masters combine jaw-dropping precision with hugely imaginative improvisation. Here's a primer on the world's most versatile drum. By George Howlett | Part of Living Traditions: 21 articles for 21st-century Indian classical music
Rhythm is the arrangement of time in all music, and is thought to be older and more fundamental than melody. All melody has a time dimension, and so incorporates rhythm irrespective of whether or not it is actually played on a percussion instrument
The word tabla is thought to have its origins in the Arabic word tabl, which means any kind of drum.
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