The Tabla: Talking Drum from Northern India

Artist: Sandeep Das
Type: Performance
Art Form: Music
Grade Level: K-12
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Grammy-nominated percussionist Sandeep Das is a world-class master of the Tabla, a versatile hand-drum central to Northern Indian classical music, whose many voices have found their way into musical genres from Indian folk to American pop. In a program developed for Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project, Das invites students of all ages to join him in a special friendship—that between musicians and lovers of music. Yo-Yo Ma says, “Sandeep can make you sing, dance, weep and laugh with his Tabla like a magician with a wand!” Using their imaginations, they will hear the Tabla whinny and gallop like a horse, rumble rhythmically like a speeding train and crash and pitter-patter like a rainstorm. Das asks students to clap out complex rhythms, or to move along with them. He asks for their feelings about his music and their questions about his life and training in India, and he gives them a performance they will never forget

Length: 45 Minutes
Audience Limit: 300
Curriculum Connection: Indian Music, Culture, Rhythms/Math

Single Show: $625

Back-To-Back: $1,060

Three-In-A-Row: $1,500

Four-In-A-Row: $1,935

Travel Fee: based upon mileage

Note: pricing may vary for weekend/out-of-school time

Processing Fee of $30 added to all contracts

Provisions: 1 Microphone connected to sound system

Performance Space Requirements:

Stage or raised platform at least 5” x 5” with rug or mat to sit on (image)

If 40 students or less, have students sit at floor level with performer.

Special Instructions: Please distribute and review educational materials with students in advance of the performance.

Arrival time before first performance: 30 minutes

Strike time: 10 minutes

Time needed between performances: 15 minutes

Teachers are expected to model appropriate audience behavior for students.