Seattle-based tabla player Ravi Albright accompanies renowned Hindustani musician Pt. Tejendra Majumdar on sarod in this excerpt from a concert filmed at the Eastside Baha’i Center in Bellevue, Washington.
In Hindustani classical music, a raga refers, in the literal sense, to a certain set of scale tones and melodies which guide the soloist’s improvisations. Due to the different scale tones used, each raga conveys a different mood or emotion. Some ragas are associated with particular times of the day, such as dawn, dusk, or afternoon. This raga, Tilak Komod, is known as a night raga.
The word tabla refers both to the pair of drums used in traditional Hindustani music, as well as the higher-pitched drum specifically, with the lower-pitched drum also known as the bayan.
This excerpt of music features the teen taal rhythmic cycle, a 16-beat rhythm cycle outlined by the tabla as the soloist plays. By dropping the bass tones out during beats 10-13, the tabla player demonstrates the position within the cycle, helping the soloist stay oriented.
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