Understanding the aesthetics of tabla aspect with relation to vocal (khayal) and instrumental music
A free online workshop by Nayan Ghosh
In the Indian music tradition, besides the melodic (raga) and the compositional aspect (bandish), tala or the rhythmic aspect is one of the vital elements of music-making. The evolved art of tabla not only provides the framework of the tala but brings in many elements which augment the overall aesthetics of the music being performed.
Son and disciple of tabla maestro Nikhil Ghosh, Nayan Ghosh has also trained with several masters including the legendary virtuoso Ahmedjan Thirakwa, Gyan Prakash Ghosh, Buddhadev Dasgupta, among others. Having equal proficiency in tabla, sitar and vocal music, he has performed as a solo artiste and accompanist all over the world, and taught for several years. Notable amongst the several awards received by Ghosh is the prestigious Sangeet Natak Akademi Award.
The session will focus on how to be mindful of the aspect of tala as well as the temporal aspect of laya, especially during improvisation, and effortlessly arrive at the sam, which is the high point of the tala cycle. The topics will be covered across genres: from chhota khayal for vocalists, and masitkhani/razakhani gat for instrumentalists.