Zakir Hussain (tabla)
Anantha R. Krishnan (mridangam)
Navin Sharma (dholak) &
Sabir Khan (sarangi)
This event was staged at the Tata Theatre on December 11, 2016 as a part of NCPA’s annual traveling festival titled ‘Citi-NCPA Aadi Anant: from here to eternity’.
In almost every music tradition, percussion is regarded as the “heartbeat” of an ensemble. This primacy explains why percussion instruments were the first musical devices ever created. Since ancient times, the Indian subcontinent abounds in a variety of percussion instruments, of which the covered drums form a large part.
Tabla, mridangam and dholak, though all covered with an animal hide, differ considerably with respect to their performance techniques, idioms and aesthetics, as well as the size, shape, material, timbre and their role in an ensemble. Nonetheless, they all are bound by the Indian concept of tala (rhythmic unit), which unlike in the Western music, is essentially cyclic and not linear, in nature.
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