History of Tabla
The origin of the tabla is not clear. The Pakhawaj is considered the mother of the tabla. By cutting the Pakhawaj in half and then standing the two half’s up you will have the tabla. According to one theory, the tabla was invented in the 13th century by Amir Kushru. In the 18th century, Sidhar Khan is believed by some to have invented the tabla. It is known that Sidhar Khan established the first style of tabla playing, the Dheli style. All other styles except Punjab style comes from the Delhi style.