The modern caretaker of an ancient rhythmic tradition that is perhaps 5000 years old.
The tabla is a set of two drums that are played while sitting on the floor. The larger drum, called Bayan, was originally made from clay, but is now constructed of metal (bras, steel, or copper). The Bayan is considered the bass drum of the set, but there is a tremendous range of expression possible by using certain techniques employed by a skilled drummer. The right-hand drum is called the Dahina, and is made of a seasoned hard wood and hollowed out like the Bayan.
Both drums are played with the fingers and sometimes the palm of the hand.
Since the 18th century, tabla has been the principal percussion instrument in Hindustani classical music, where it may be played solo, as accompaniment with other instruments and vocals, and as a part of larger ensembles.
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Widely hailed as a Tabla prodigy, Master Yashwant Vaishnav was born to Shri Rajendra Vaishnav and Smt Bhagawati Vaishnav in 1993. His initial training began with his father from where he went on to learn from Shri Hemant Sachdev. To further his learning he came under the tutelage of internationally acclaimed tabla artist Pandit Mukund Bhale.