Indian Tablas

The Indian Tablas are hand drums used in Northern Indian Classical Music. It is a set of two drums played with the hands and fingers. The larger drum usually made of copper is called a Bayan, and the smaller drum is called the Dayan.

The Dayan is made of wood, it’s diameter varies between 5 to 6 inches. The Bayan is usually made from copper with a nickel or chrome plate. The heads of the drums are made from goat skin. The heads have three distinct parts which enable it to produce a variety of separate tones depending on how and where it is struck. The black spot on the skin is made from a mixture of gum, soot, and iron filling, it gives the tabla its bell-like timbre.

The playing technique for both drums involves the use of the fingers and the palms to create a wide variety of different sounds. On the Bayan the heel of the hand is used to apply pressure, or in a sliding motion, so the pitch is changed during the sound’s decay.

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~ by deodesign on October 22, 2007.

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