September 2013 Student of the Month

By | September 5th, 2013|Blog, Student of the Month|

Student of the Month for September is...  Neha Ramaswamy Neha is 12 years old and has been learning for 4 years. In addition to her great tabla playing, she is a very talented Bharat Natyam dancer. She lives in Montebello, NY and learns tabla with her brother Vinay. Neha learns from Taalim School faculty member [...]

Student of the Month: June 2013

By | May 31st, 2013|Blog, Student of the Month|

  Student of the Month for June is... SHIVAM KAMAT (click on the image to the left to listen to Shivam play tabla)Shivam Kamat is 10 years old and has been taking tabla classes for the last two and a half years. His interest in music, especially in tabla, was noticed right from a very [...]

Student of the Month: May 2013

By | April 29th, 2013|Blog, Student of the Month|

Satyam Poonith is the May Student of the Month! "I first started playing dholak because I love beats and that made me wanted to learn tabla. I find it helps me in understanding the timing when playing my trumpet. I have a lot of fun, and I made some new friends. Sejal Didi’s, teaching style [...]

Student of the Month: Apr 2013

By | April 1st, 2013|Blog, Student of the Month|

  Our Student of the Month for April 2013 is..... SHYAM MEHTA! Click on the image below to see his video.SHYAM is 14 years old and has been playing tabla for 5 years. He lives in Easton, PA and began learning tabla in Ahmedabad, India with a senior student of Guruji. He then took lessons [...]

Student of the Month: Mar 2013

By | March 17th, 2013|Blog, Student of the Month|

  Congratulations to two Students of the Month:  Taran and Harsh! 11 year old Harsh Soni learns at the Long Island branch, and is participating in our Pledge-for-Practice this month.  Here are few word from his parents: "Harsh has been really excited with the idea of mastering Tabla and at the same time helping disadvantaged [...]

Pledge-for-Practice Fundraiser

By | March 4th, 2013|Blog, Events at Taalim|

  Make a $1 Pledge ( To make a $1 pledge, send an email to, so that we can send you a pledge form. And thank you!)  “Pledge-for-Practice”!  A 7-week pledge drive in which young Taalim students practice hard to complete a set numbers of hours of practice, in order to raise money for financially [...]

Scholarship for Tabla Students in India

By | February 16th, 2013|Blog, Events at Taalim|

Rhythm Riders Music Institute Scholarship For nearly 35 years, thousands of students from various socio-economic backgrounds have passed through Pandit Divyang Vakil’s school, Rhythm Riders Music Institute, in Ahmedabad, India.  The basis for admission at Rhythm Riders has always been that the student have a sincere interest in learning and a dedication to their practice. [...]

Student of the Month: Feb 2013

By | February 4th, 2013|Blog, Student of the Month|

Student of the Month –  Pradyumna Rao […]

Student of the Month: Jan 2013

By | January 2nd, 2013|Blog, Student of the Month|

Congratulations to Nikhil Gupta for becoming the January 2013 student of the month! Nikhil is 8 years old and has been learning from the Taalim School in Manhattan for about one year. Below is Nikhil's hand-written note on his relationship with tabla, which is very sweet.  Seeing his goal, which is to play as well [...]

2012 in Review

By | December 29th, 2012|Blog, Events at Taalim|

2012 was a landmark year for the Taalim School and that's not only because it was our 10 year anniversary. Here are 12 of highlights of 2012. 1) Debut of Taalika as a trio.  Taalika is the world's first female tabla ensemble.  Taalika was specially composed by Guruji (Pandit Divyang Vakil) and is comprised of [...]