This course will focus on the language of the tabla. Specifically, we will focus on bol, the vocalization of the sounds of the drums in North India through mnemonic syllables. Through this we will learn rhythmic exercises useful for all musicians taking their first steps into the world of Hindustani music.
The voice is the key to learning and memorizing the talas (rhythms) of the vast repertoire that is played on tabla and pakhawaj. This tradition has continually evolved since ancient times, and is passed orally from master to disciple. This course is open to anyone interested in Hindustani rhythm, drummers and other instrumentalists alike.
We will examine different concepts of the Hindustani rhythmic system:
The tala: the rhythmic structures used in Hindustani drumming and recitation of different talas including teental, jhaptal, rupak, keherwa, dadra and more.
Kayda: composition present in many rhythmic cycles with specific rules regarding the development of the phrases (rhythmic and aesthetic), improvisation and tihay.
Peshkar: a typical movement in a tabla solo performance which comprises different rhythmic aspects.
Layakari: rhythmic modulations.
Fixed compositions: a look over the vast repertoire of rhythmic poetry, including Tukra, Ghat, Paran, and Chakradar.