The tabla is a South Asian membranophone percussion instrument (like bongos) comprising of a pair of little drums. It has been an especially vital instrument in Hindustani classical music since the eighteenth century, and stays being used in India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka. The name tabla likely originates from tabl, the Persian and Arabic word for drum. However, a definitive starting point of the musical instrument is contested by scholars, some following it to West Asia, others following it to the advancement of indigenous musical instruments of the Indian subcontinent.
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Some basic strokes with the Dayan on the right side and the Bayan on the left side are:
Ta: (on Dayan) Striking sharply with the pointer against the index finger while at the same time applying tender pressure to the edge of the syahi with the ring finger to stifle the principal vibration mode.
Ghe or Ga: (on Bayan) holding wrist down and angling the fingers over the syahi; the center and ring-fingers then strike the maidan (resonant)
Thin: (on Dayan) placing the last two fingers of the right hand softly against the syahi and striking on the border between the syahi and the maidan (resonant)
Dha: combination of Na and Ghe
Dhin: combination of Tin and Ghe
Ka or Kath: (on Bayan) striking with the flat palm and fingers (non resonant)
Na: (on Dayan) striking the edge of the syahi with the last two fingers of the right hand
Te: (on Dayan) striking the center of the syahi with the middle finger (non resonant)
Tu | Tun: (on Dayan) striking the center point of the syahi with the index finger to energize the essential vibration mode (resonant)
Dhere Dhere (on Dayan) striking of syahi with palm