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Taalim School of Indian Music is the premier tabla school and Indian performing arts organization in the northeastern United States. Guided by renowned Indian music maestro Pandit Divyang Vakil, Taalim offers world-class professional Indian music performances, tabla sales, workshops, K-12 outreach, residencies, and formal instruction.

Group and private classes are offered in tabla and kathak dance in over 15 locations across New Jersey (NJ), New York (NY), Connecticut (CT), and Virginia (VA). Select locations include Edison, West Windsor, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Long Island, Stamford, Charlottesville, and more. For a detailed list of our class offerings and locations, take a look here.


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The Taalim team is comprised of a dedicated and multi-faceted group of teachers, artists, and teachers committed to promoting Indian performing arts.


Pandit Divyang Vakil

Pandit Divyang Vakil (known as Guruji, or “respected teacher”) is a tabla guru, Indian rhythm composer, and teacher of philosophy. His expansive experience of over 35 years as a guru has produced innumerable music professionals.

Guruji becomes immensely involved in the process of teaching and understands each of his students on a personal level as he guides them in their musical journey. No compromise is permitted when it comes to the musical progression and advancement of the student. Balancing the traditional guru-shishya parampara with the modern society, he has developed his own teaching pedagogy for tabla for today’s student. All of the teachers at Taalim have received training on how to teach in this methodology from him.

With thousands of compositions to his name, Pandit Vakil has helped shaped a modern form of classical tabla, and expanded beyond tabla as a rhythm composer with his works for jangu (Korean barrel drum), standard drum kit, cajon, and other percussion instruments. His tabla work has a contemporary feel while carrying the essence and richness of the classical art form. Some his group tabla compositions include Tabla Tarkhat, Power of Tabla, Tabla Triveni and Tabla Ecstasy, many of which are performed by his ensemble Talavya. His latest work Pradhanica explores how rhythm unites dance and music and was created for kathak dance, tabla, djembe, and cajon.

For more information on Pandit Divyang Vakil, visit www.divyangvakil.com.


Jin Won
Jin WonKathak, Tabla
Mike Lukshis
Mike LukshisTabla
Heena Patel
Heena PatelManagement
Kaumil Shah
Kaumil ShahTabla
Sejal Kukadia
Sejal KukadiaTabla
Loren Oppenheimer
Loren OppenheimerTabla


Rhythm Riders Music Institute

The mother institute of the Taalim School of Indian Music is Pandit Divyang Vakil’s Rhythm Riders Music Institute in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India. Rhythm Riders is renowned for the caliber of tabla artistes it has produced over it’s 30+ year history. The school holds regular listening sessions and video showings for its students, in addition to student recitals, concerts and workshops. Local and foreign students are welcome and receive instruction at Rhythm Riders.

Email us for more details on Rhythm Riders Music Institute.

MELA Group

Our sister organization – MELA Group is an umbrella organization for companies focused on the business of performing arts – namely artist booking and management through MELA (Music Entertainment Live Arts) Agency and promoting performing arts of the Indian subcontinent through programming consulting and booking through MELA Arts Connect. Taalim artists are represented by MELA Agency.