TABLA is the main rhythmic instrument of North Indian classical music. Its music involves skillfully composed rhythmic patterns, intriguing compositions, and complex beat structures. The tabla is comprised of two drums, one played by each hand. Each drum consists of a hollow interior covered with a leather surface. The larger of the two, on which bass tones are produced, is the baya. The smaller drum is the daya, on which numerous higher-pitched tones are produced at a fast pace with the fingertips. The beauty and essence of tabla-playing lies in the harmonious balance between the daya and baya.
It is believed that the tabla was adopted by the eminent musicologist of his time, Amir Khusro, to especially accompany the soft and romantic singing style of India known as khayal gayaki. Today however, the tabla is a highly versatile percussion instrument, which is played solo or in accompaniment with just about any musical instrument in the world.