The Indian tabla, a two-piece percussion instrument, is the principal rhythmic accompaniment to most North Indian classical (namely khyal) and light music. It is said to have its origin in the two-faced drum called mridangam (used in South Indian music) and the pakhawaj (used in the accompaniment of the north Indian genres dhrupad and dhamar). In her book, ‘The Tabla’, Rebecca Stewart traces the word tabla, to the Arabic word tabi, a generic term meaning drum. Although the construction of the instrument is similar to kettle-drums that were in use for centuries, the first visual images of an instrument similar to the tabla can be traced only to 1808. The instrument in its current form is probably less than a century old.
The Tabla consists of two upright drums that are played with fingers and palms. Each drum sits on a ringed base of padding. Tablas are arguably the most complex drums in the world. Each head contains three separate skins.
The smaller drum, slightly conical in shape, is called tabla or dayan (literally right) is generally played with the right hand. It is made of hollow rose or oak wood. The top of the drum is covered with a stretched, layered leather membrane held in place by leather braces. The wooden pegs between the braces and the drum adjust the tension in the braces, thus controlling the pitch of the instrument.
< The black spot, found in the tabla’s center is made from a semi-secret mixture of carbon black, mucilage, and iron filings gathered by tabla wallas (makers) from the sides of Indian railway lines. The mixture is rolled up into a sticky ball and applied as many spiral layers until it builds up this unique black spot.
Please remember, this black spot and the tabla skins are very delicate, never hit a tabla with a stick – it is a hand drum only.
The dayan is tuned with a metal hammer by lightly striking the periphery of the top membrane or tapping the wooden pegs. It is usually tuned to the tonic note of the performance.
Today we were getting taught how to be sensible and safe on bikes although some people didn’t have bikes it was a lot of fun! There is some good news, everybody will be going onto a road to practice our skills. We did some checks on our bikes and we tightened up out helmets (if they needed tightening) . We are also going to have our bikes in school every day next week (10th - 15th March).
Here is the link to our descriptions of the Scar-face man from Boys Without Names!
Who will have the most hits?
I suppose you could say I have shelfies in every room!!
I’ve realised that I have quite a few shelfies in my home.
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Not strictly my shelf but Miss Collard probably reads the most books!
A library of characters visited school today. Burglar Bill and Gangsta Granny we’re looking particularly shifty. Luckily, Batman and Robin, Hermione Grainger and the Incredible Hulk were on hand to help.
Later, they all popped into class to have a chat. Mr Twit posed the questions.
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Hi, Today we were attending a Indian drumming session. It was very enjoyable we were learning about 3 famous Indian instruments one is called A Tablo (or well I think it was ) More info to follow tomorrow ( Thursday 6th March)!