The tabla is a famous percussion instrument from North India. Tabla is an incredibly diverse instrument that can be used in a wide range of musical settings. Tabla is great for groove as well as complex and improvised music. These days it common to hear tabla being used in creative ways in all sorts of music.
Thankfully, we are hearing tabla more and more everyday. The instrument has its origins in India and has an incredible history with a vast repertoire of fascinating material. The solo tabla repertoire, known as tabla lehara, is one of the most complex, detailed and satisfying percussion repertoires anywhere in the world.
It includes a variety of compositional forms that range from pre-composed completely set compositions, to semi improvised theme and variation forms all the way to very open improvisational forms.