Tabla and Bhaya


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 681

The term tablā is often incorrectly used to describe a pair of hand drums played in northern India, but the tablā is actually the cylindrical wood drum played with the right hand, while the bāyā is a clay or metal kettle drum played with the left hand. The evolution of the instruments and their playing techniques in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries corresponds with the development of the sitar and sarod.

#Demonstration using modern tabla drums. Samir Chatterjee, tabla, accompanied by Ramesh Misra on sarangi and Benjamin Stewart on tambura, 2013.

Tabla and Bhaya, Hide, wood, chromed copper, Indian

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