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  • Actors: Anand Ramanujam
  • Directors: Aruna Sivaramakrishna Rao
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Import, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Unknown
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Geethanjali
  • DVD Release Date: October 5, 2008
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000Z7G83G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #352,345 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The Tabla is a drum from India and is most closely associated with Hindustani shastriya sangeet from North India. It is said that the Tabla came from the ancient double headed drum, the pakhawaj. The repartoire and knowledge that the Tabla encompasses is as vast as the ocean and dates back to as far as 4000 years ago. This DVD is dedicated to the fond memory of the legendary Tabla player Late Ustad Allah Rakha, the doyen of the Punjab Gharana. Anand Ramanujam, one of his senior disciple makes learning the tabla very simple and interesting, explaining the finer nuances of tabla in the easiest way so that even a layman can follow it. ** Itinerary: Parts of the Tabla - Basic Tips - Placing of Fingers - Techniques of Playing - The Ten Basic Alphabets - Basic Taals of Tabla.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jai on September 25, 2010
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I bought this DVD hoping for a basic introdution to the drums, a guide to positioning, the notes and how to produce them, and some simple exercises. Well, this little DVD is way more advanced than that. The teacher totally knows these drums and his material but it is very advanced. And there is no supporting material for a beginner. For example, he pronounces the different notes (Na, Tin, Ga etc). But I only know what they're called from a chart I found elsewhere (on the Web). They don't use any charts, graphs, lists, tables or other devices helpful to beginners. After talking a while, the teacher calls on his student for a demo, and this student is maybe 8-9 years old. Easy stuff, right? Wrong! This Hindu kid really knows this way around the tablas (obviously having studied and practiced intensively for several years). And they start with a couple of simple note sequences. OK, fair enough. But the next thing you know, the teacher is teaching him 24-beat talas! And this in a single sitting: teacher plays, student repeats. Poor beginner me, left in the dust! And that is a very frustrating experience for someone who seriously wants to learn tablas. I do not think it possible to learn from this DVD (not at least as a beginner, maybe after I master a few talas). Meanwhile, I tried "Tabla Tutor 1" by Ashwin Batish and it is far superior for beginners. It has a way better sense of being produced for beginners who haven't studied tabla at the feet of their guru for a couple years. So believe me: don't gyp yourself by buying this cheaper "Learn to Play Tabla" . Instead, put your money into a copy of "Tabla Tutor."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mitchell M on March 11, 2012
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I had to send it back, The audio didn't match up with the video, there was a few second delay. Maybe you will get lucky and the one you get will be made the right way. Good luck!
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