Tabla, Drums and Percussion - Overview


Rhythm plays a vital, primary and active role in classical Indian music. The Tabla is one of the most important and most famous worldwide of the Indian drums. It is the queen of drums and it is said that when somebody knows how to play the Tabla, then he could also play any other drum or percussion instrument of the world. This has certainly something to do with the very special rhythm language that you have to learn together with the playing of the Tabla. TARANG has given its special attention to the Tabla and offers, due to the involvement of Tabla maestro Sajal Karmakar and his pronounced sense of perfection, instruments that are absolutely top class and of a quality that is hardly to be found anywhere in the west.


The range of double skin drums includes the south Indian Mridangam and its north Indian relative, the Pakhawaj, without which classical Indian music would be unthinkable. In addition to these we have the drums from the folklore area that are not any less interesting and that complete our product range of rhythm instruments from India. Among these are the also sufficiently well-known double skin drums Khol (Mridanga), Dholak, Naal, the Thavil or the Kachhi Dhol.


A small inconspicuous frame drum from southern India arouses enthusiasm all over the world. It is the Kanjira (Kanjeera) from which an Indian player can elicit veritable rhythm cascades. Among the indispensable percussion instruments are the so called Ghungroos, the dancing bells for various classical Indian dance styles which serve to accompany the rhythmic aspect of the footwork by a highly audible percussion sound. The southern Indian clay drum Ghatam and its northern Indian relative, the Madga, also offer a typically Indian profound and differentiated potential of rhythms that just have to be listened to.