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August Student of the Month - Anna Sobel

August Student of the Month - Anna SobelCongratulations to our August 2014 Student of the Month – Female Tabla Player Anna Sobel! Anna Sobel is a puppeteer and musician who bought her first pair of tabla when she was in India as a Fulbright scholar studying puppetry.  She first heard tabla a few years earlier at a workshop at Wesleyan University as an undergrad, where the incredible bending sound of the baya left a lasting impression. Though she owned a pair of tabla from her year in India, upon her return to the US, she had not yet found a tabla teacher.  It was only when she Read More

July Student of the Month - Aparnaa Muthaiah

July Student of the Month - Aparnaa MuthaiahCongratulations to our July 2014 Student of the Month – Guitar Student Aparnaa Muthaiah! Aparnaa Muthaiah is a 11 year old who has been taking guitar classes at our South Brunswick, New Jersey location with Mike Lukshis for 2 years.  Her interest in guitar began at the age of 5 when she heard a friend play for her. When she was 9, she starting learning and has grown to love guitar very much. When she has a full school day she practices for 30 minutes, but most other days she practices at least one hour a day! What's more amazing is that she Read More

3 Reasons to Attend a Sitar / Tabla Concert in New York City

3 Reasons to Attend a Sitar / Tabla Concert in New York CityIn New York City, the options are endless - be it in restaurants, museums, concerts, or gatherings.  There can always be something to do or see, especially when it comes to entertainment.  On any given day, you'll find dozens of options in live music, theatre, comedy, and dance! Add the summer sun and weekends, and the number of options goes through the roof!  With great programming at the Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Bandshell, Central Park, and more, it's can be a task to select what to do. To make the choice a little more difficult (or easier?), here are 3 reasons why you Read More

Know your Indian Maestro Round #5

Know your Indian Maestro Round #5Here is a round five of our Indian maestro edition of Guess Who (or as we renamed it - WHO AM I?).  Scroll down for the right answer. Don't cheat! Share your memories or favorite songs by the maestro in the comments. If you haven't already, play all the other rounds here!     Gangubai Hangal Gangubai Hangal was a Indian singer of the khyal genre of Hindustani classical music, belonging to the Kirana gharana. Rising above societal prejudice, she established herself as a foremost vocalist, known for her deep and powerful voice. The daughter and grand-daughter of Carnatic vocalists, Gangubai did not take to Carnatic music Read More

How Vegetables Helped 400 Students Learn Tabla

How Vegetables Helped 400 Students Learn TablaWhile the First Lady Michelle Obama was harvesting vegetables from the White House garden with school children, last week, 400 students at Eisenhower Middle School learned learn about tabla (Indian hand drums) using vegetables in an assembly on Indian music by Taalim School. As the main drum of north Indian music, tabla occupies a large space in the musical landscape of India, thus serving as the perfect gateway through which to understand Indian music, and the basis of Taalim’s school outreach program. Over the course of the assembly, students learned about the role of tabla, how it is constructed, and most Read More