Inspired by Shri Late Atal Behari Vaajpayee ji
The subject is the most penetrating question in anyone’s mind when he/she is learning the Tabla and needs to know from where a good Tabla should be bought.
Based on my own experience i have noted down a few ways in which one can buy and trying to help in the quest of getting answer to this question. This no way is a complete list, however i would like to thank anyone who would help me in getting this list keep increasing and support in other pointers as well.
What to see before buying a Tabla set :
Dayan with A# shruti (that is kali or Black 5 as per standard convention).
Preferably a original sheesham, black/Delhi sheesham or close to heavy seasoned wood (this helps in getting good sound).
A good shining puri that resonates well on nadam (opening up as in the tin part), sustains more of taa (on chati) bol etc.
Observe thickness of shyaahi is maintained.
Heavyweight– helps in keeping and sustaining sonorous tonal sound. Should be more than 2 Kgs at least.
Bayan with heavy weight of at least 2.5 Kgs. Should be of copper or heavy steel metal etc, which helps in resonant sound. Also points above as mentioned for daya part on puri for open like Dhammm sound, Closed Ghe should be long lasting and nice to hear. No specific shruti here, however check if it is D# or F shruti for a A# to C# dayan.
Where to Buy the instrument :
Shanta Tabla Works: Shri Anantramaiah (is a good Mridangam Player and is very good at making Mridnagam as well as Tabla). Normal turn around time for getting Mridangam done (only on orders) is 2 to 3 weeks and cost is ~14 to 16K. Tabla either can be ready within 2 days or based on availabilty. Cost of a jodi of tabla is < 10K.
382, Old Taluk Cutchery Rd, Near-L V Temple, Sowrashtrapet, Chickpet, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560053
Phone: 098440 27006
Veena Musicals: This is a shop in Jayanagar 4th Block that sells all kinds of Indian and western music instruments.
Address: No.396, 8th Main, 9th Cross, 2nd Block, Jayanagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560011. They are god at repairing Veena, Violion, Mridangam and Tabla. They also have ready made Tabla and Mridangams. You need to just check and ask to tune them to the right shruti. Mridangam cost will be < 12K, Tabla cost can vary from 8K to 20K. In my experience i have seen some very good tabla/dagga jodi from Hyderabad – Akbar Miyan, Nasir Miyan, Delhi Tabla, Banaras Tabla from Iqbal Khan and Pune from Somnath Kakde. They don’t sell only Tabla or dagga.
Phone: 080 2657 3399
Manjunath Tabla Makers
If you would know what you need and want a custom one then you can go to him. Turnaround time for 1 jodi tabla making is <10 days. Especially good at Daya puri’s of custom sizes (e.g. 6, 6.5 or 7 inches- as generally the size of a standard tabla puris is ~5.5 to 5.75 inches). Also has ready made puri’s for dayan and bayan
Address: 116, 4th Cross St, Srinivasnagar, Banashankari, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560050
Phone: 081971 51539
All in all – its my experience as well, after effect of learning all kinds of sound making and music is to get enlightened and submerge in to the peace of Silence. Music is nothing but art of using Silence in between.
Mridnagam and singing : As some of you have been asking how in general Mridangam accompany happens and where is the singing in tandem with main artist- part of Mridangam is established; to demonstrate this beautiful concept i find it important to share this beautiful video. Great Vidvan Shri Palghat Mani Iyer accompanies Great Violinist Prof T N Krishnan. This 7 mins clip contains Mridangam in an attempt to follow Violin and later Thani avartanam i.e. solo by definition of Carnatic Music. Composition in 8 beats i.e. Aadi taalam.
Naada Surya, Naada Chandra, Naada Madhukari !!There is Music(Naada) in Beauty, There is Music(Naada) in Colors and The ultimate divine mother (Sundari-Maharoopa) is herself made of energies of Music(Naada).The striking brightness and heat of Sun and soothing calmness of Moon -submerge into universal cycle of Music.Nectar(Prasadam/Madhukari) and food (Madhukar) are also embodiment of divine Naada(Music).
Naada Disha, Naada Prahhar, Naada Ranjini !!
Naada Vaacha, Naad Bhakti, Naad Shanakari !!
The Poet NOOR bows down and requests-with words(Vaacha) and with faith(Bhakti)-to the ultimate divine mother (Shanakari)- make me NAADMAY(submerg me into divine pleasures of Music)..
Gam ki Raah per ,Patthar na bikhero |
Yeh dil hai dil,Ise jara behak jaane do ||
Sheeshe se kabhi ,Koi aashiya nahi banata |
Mirch ko bhi jara, Aankhon se gujar jaane do ||
Bagaawat main bhi bada ,Lutf aane laga hai |
Iis shor main bhi ,Ghul ko khil Jaane do ||
Haqeekat aisi hai ki,Khwab bhi sharama jaye|
Badi aandhi main ,Kaarwen ko badh jaane do ||
Koi farishta idhar hi dekh ,Raha hai mujhako |
“Sopan” dhadakano ko ,Hawaon main uud jaane do ||
What’s worth fighting for?
Right? Rights? Truth? Integrity? Success?
Is it too much to aim for these within myself- in my environment-in society-in another person?
Yes I have the option to say no, be passive-aggressive, or simply leave.
That’s what I do in most cases- just leave.
I had myself convinced that it was the right thing, the righteous thing.
Basically, go blacken your souls but I am taking mine out of harms way.
Why does this suddenly seem so cowardly?
Why do all those things that sounded like unimaginative-brain-conditioning-suddenly loom large?
Things like; this is life, learn to face it, you can’t always have it your way, the world is corrupt and inefficient, incompetent and wholly lacking in integrity, morals or work ethics, and they don’t want you if you’re any different, and you have got to learn to work with the system.
Yes, I’ve seen, it’s true that the most worthy and important jobs are handled by the most grabbing, mediocre, myopic persons,So what’s my dharma?
Stick around these types till I have my turn, wander till I find the right people, work hard and good on the fringes? What what what?
As usual, wander seems like a good plan. But I’ll make bloody sure I don’t wander in the moment. That’s all I ever have-the dreams, wander alone till i ….