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

By | June 24th, 2014|Blog, Events at Taalim|

In 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 [...]

Know your Indian Maestro Round #5

By | June 14th, 2014|Blog, Know Your Indian Maestro|

Here 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 [...]

How Vegetables Helped 400 Students Learn Tabla

By | June 13th, 2014|Blog, Events at Taalim|

While 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 [...]

June Student of the Month – Devyani Mishra

By | June 10th, 2014|Blog, Student of the Month|

Congratulations to our June 2014 Student of the Month – Female Tabla Player Devyani Mishra! Devyani Mishra is a 10th grade student who has been taking tabla classes at our Piscataway and Edison locations with Jin Won since 2012.  Devyani was inspired to take tabla lessons after seeing a concert by Talavya and has been [...]

Know your Indian Maestro #4

By | May 31st, 2014|Blog, Know Your Indian Maestro|

Here is a round four of our Indian maestro edition of Guess Who (or as we renamed it - WHO AM I?). Hover over the image for the right answer or scroll down. Don't cheat! Share your memories or favorite songs by the maestro in the comments. If you haven't already, play all the other [...]

Tabla Masterclass Recap

By | May 13th, 2014|Blog, Events at Taalim|

 Over the last three weeks, Pandit Divyang Vakil (fondly known as Guruji) has been teaching masterclasses for Taalim students from New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut. The workshops have been full of lessons, stories, and inspiration.  Here one attendee shares her experience at one of his masterclasses. Last week, I had the privilege to [...]

May Student of the Month – Nitin Dhar

By | April 30th, 2014|Blog, Student of the Month|

Congratulations to our May Student of the Month – Nitin Dhar! Nitin Dhar is a software engineer who has been taking classes at our Manhattan location with Sejal Kukadia since August 2012. Nitin wanted to learn tabla as a child, but did not get an opportunity to do.  He fulfilled his childhood wish as an [...]

Know your Indian Maestro Round #3

By | April 26th, 2014|Blog, Know Your Indian Maestro|

Here is a round three of our Indian maestro edition of Guess Who (or as we renamed it - WHO AM I?). Hover over the image for the right answer or scroll down. Don't cheat! Share your memories or favorite songs by the maestro in the comments. If you haven't already, play all the other [...]

Student of the Month | April 2014

By | April 2nd, 2014|Blog, Student of the Month|

Congratulations to our April Student of the Month – 13 year old tabla student Nikhil Rao! Thirteen year old Nikhil Rao has been taking tabla lessons for one year at the Taalim School, formerly with Kaumil Shah and now with Mike Lukshis at our Piscataway location. Nikhil got interested in tabla when he attended a [...]

2014 Pledge for Practice Participants

By | March 16th, 2014|Blog, Events at Taalim|

Taalim’s Pledge for Practice is an annual 6-week pledge drive in which Taalim students dedicate themselves to a target practice goal in order to raise money to support financially disadvantaged musicians in India. In 2013, the Pledge for Practice participants collectively raised over $4500 and the 2014 batch looks to surpass that mark. Meet the [...]