The Tabla is a membranophone percussion instrument consisting of a pair of drums, used in traditional, classical, popular and folk music. It has been a particularly important instrument in Hindustani classical music since the 18th century. The tabla consists of two single headed, barrel shaped small drums of slightly different size and shapes: daya also called dahina meaning right, and baya also called bahinameaning left (also called "dagga"). The daya tabla is played by the musician's right hand (dominant hand). The baya tabla is a bit bigger and deep kettledrum shaped. Each is made of hollowed out wood or clay or brass, the dayadrum laced with hoops, thongs and wooden dowels on its sides.

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Pandit Rajkumar Misra

"As a child, there was a time when I used to practise non-stop for nine hours a day, and so I have never needed to write anything down - the music is a part of me, the tabla is part of me."

Rajkumar comes from a family of illustrious musicians and Kathak dancers and is the seventh generation of the prestigious Jaipur Gharana. As a performer, he has toured all over India and internationally alongside legendary artists such as Rashid Khan, Rajan and Sajan Mishra and is also a Fellow of Trinity College London.

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