Group Class 1: Sunday | 9 AM EST
Group Class 2: Sunday | 10 AM EST
Group Class 3: Monday | 5:30 PM EST
Group Class 4: Monday | 6:30 PM EST
Group Class 5: Wednesday | 6 PM EST

Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY
Group Class : Tuesday | 6 PM EST

Midtown, Manhattan, NY
Group Class : Monday | 7:30 PM EST

Charlottesville, VA
Classes available by appointment only.
Group class 1: Sunday 9 AM EST
Group class 2: Sunday 9 AM PST  |  Sunday 12 PM EST
Group class 3: Wednesday 6 PM EST


About Tabla

Taalim School’s core strength lies in formal instruction in tabla – the most popular Indian percussion instrument. Guided by Pandit Divyang Vakil, Taalim School teaches Delhi, Ajrada, and Punjab gharana of tabla, in addition to contemporary classical tabla playing and Pandit Vakil’s own compositions.

Tabla instruction is based on the teaching methodology developed by Pandit Divyang Vakil, which is a modern adaptation of the guru-shishya parampara (student-teacher tradition). Teaching is customized to the needs, skill, and personality of each student. Even in a group setting, each student gets individual and targeted attention.

No previous experience with Indian music and/or drumming is required. Learning tabla and Indian rhythm can add depth and open new avenues of creativity within one’s own playing for percussionists and drummers of different drums, such as cajon, djembe, and drum kit.

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What is Tabla?

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. The beauty and essence of tabla-playing lies in the harmonious balance between the daya and baya.

The tabla is a highly versatile percussion instrument, which is played solo or in accompaniment with just about any musical instrument in the world.


6 years is the minimum age recommended for starting Tabla lessons with us. We may accept students under 6 provided you consult with a Taalim teacher first.
6 years is the minimum age recommended for starting Kathak lessons with us. We may accept students under 6 provided you consult with a Taalim teacher first.

Sure! Please share with us some information about your previous learning experience in the Inquiry form or in the mail if you prefer to directly contact us at [email protected]

Our teachers (Tabla) are available at over 16 locations across the states. Please visit to learn more. Please note, Kathak coaching is available only at Edison, NJ or online.
If required, a paid trial class is available on request.
No! Taalim School does not offer any degree programs or certificate courses.
Our group classes generally range from 4 to 10 students. At Taalim School we teach our group classes in such a way that each student can progress at their own pace.
You can enroll in classes at Taalim school regardless of age and experience level.
Yes, we will provide students with a letter of recommendation on the Taalim letterhead. We can also facilitate the production of a performance sample video or audio file to include with college applications.
Students are encouraged to participate or attend our various workshops, summer camps, concerts, events, and recitals. All students are guided thoroughly towards their holistic development as a student, individual and musician.
No! We do not organize an annual day event at the school. However, the students get to perform and learn through various events held throughout the year.
No, we do not provide drums to students. All new registrants must have their own set of Tabla for their practice.
Yes! Taalim School offers a variety of semi- professional and professional Tabla sets for purchase either at our main brand in Edison, NJ or by pick up at one of our many class locations around NJ and NY.
Yes! Although we do not have an annual day where every student performs, we do hold regular recitals and house concerts where students are given a chance to show their practice and ability. Students are selected for performance opportunities by their teacher, which generally does not happen before 2 years of training and ensures the highest quality of their education and our events. We believe in creating a strong sense of achievement and respect when given permission to perform, so we reserve the right to deny performance to students based on merit.
As always, our highest commitment is the health and safety of our students and teachers. Due to the continuing uncertainty of the Covid-19 pandemic, all the students, parents and visitors must be fully vaccinated against the Covid- 19 infection, carry a hand sanitizer and must wear a mask at all times in the school premises. Parents are not allowed to wait in the school premises to avoid any possible chances of infection. All students attending classes in- person must fill out our covid- 19 liability form before beginning with their first session.