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nimesh

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I am seeking a tabla teacher for my son (age 15). We live in Cambridge, MA. I tried contacting Learnquest academy but there was no reply to my emails (since last two weeks). The phone number listed on their website is no longer valid. Many thanks and best wishes.
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rapture

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i believe aditya kalyanpur (disciple of ustad zakir hussain and the late ustad alla rakha) teaches tabla in the boston area. he's an excellent young player.

find his info here:
http://www.chinmayamaruti.org/cultural_classes.htm

and his website here (also with contact info):
http://adityatabla.com/a/main.html

you may also try others here (you can call and ask them if they know of any good tabla teachers):
http://www.chandrakantha.com/teachers/teach_music_massachusetts.html

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Just a suggestion; and not to undermine your good intentions but perhaps you could suggest to your 15 year old son that he finds a teacher for himself. He will if he really wants to learn (it's amazing how resourceful teenagers can be if they're inclined) - and he's more likely to take the lessons seriously and continue if it begins with his own initiative rather than as something his parents would do for him. You could help him pay for lessons or purchase the tablas if he finds a teacher. He could start by asking at the music stores, around the college campuses (Berklee), or around the local Indian, Pakistani, or Sikh community gatherings. Try Googling "tabla boston".

good luck.

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Just a suggestion; and not to undermine your good intentions but perhaps you could suggest to your 15 year old son that he finds a teacher for himself. He will if he really wants to learn (it's amazing how resourceful teenagers can be if they're inclined) - and he's more likely to take the lessons seriously and continue if it begins with his own initiative rather than as something his parents would do for him. You could help him pay for lessons or purchase the tablas if he finds a teacher. He could start by asking at the music stores, around the college campuses (Berklee), or around the local Indian, Pakistani, or Sikh community gatherings. Try Googling "tabla boston".

good luck.
This is so true. Atleast what ive experienced of myself. I think exposing one to great tabla playing and showing what can be done should provide the never-ending inspiration to one to pursue learning himself. Not pushing them into something that they know very little of.

It reminds me of something I read about Ustad Allah Rakha. Zakir would see what can be done with the tablas but was not necessarily pushed to play them. When he told his dad that he would like to learn, Ustad allah rakha gave him 1 week to decide if this is what he really wanted. I dont know if I remembered it clearly but the point is, if it begins with the student's own initiative, then nothing can ever take that away from him.

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Just a suggestion; and not to undermine your good intentions but perhaps you could suggest to your 15 year old son that he finds a teacher for himself. He will if he really wants to learn (it's amazing how resourceful teenagers can be if they're inclined) - and he's more likely to take the lessons seriously and continue if it begins with his own initiative rather than as something his parents would do for him. You could help him pay for lessons or purchase the tablas if he finds a teacher. He could start by asking at the music stores, around the college campuses (Berklee), or around the local Indian, Pakistani, or Sikh community gatherings. Try Googling "tabla boston".

good luck.
This is dangerous advice at best, simply wrong at worst.

Most likely a 15 year old kid will not know what to look for in a teacher and how a teacher can really help him make progress. Many teachers aren't that good and are only looking to make money without providing any substantive instruction.

I would suggest that the parents help in finding a teacher and to make sure they are getting someone who cares about the development of the student.
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In my experience, in most cases a smart teenager can spot a fake a lot faster than his gullible parents.
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In my experience, in most cases a smart teenager can spot a fake a lot faster than his gullible parents.
Yes, Aanaddha, that's because you have experienced the full gamut of all possible human experiences and thus know everything about everything.
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It doesn't take a lot of experience to spot the kid who's taking music lessons because that's what his or her parents decided he should have. He's usually the one staring at the floor in the back against the wall who forgot his notes.
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The Learnquest academy has an excellent teacher base for Indian classical music (both Hindustani and Carnatic). Their current sitar/sarod teacher is Pushpen Dey, a senior disciple of Pt. Buddhadev Dasgupta. Pushpen da is a patient teacher who employs systematic methods for teaching students gats, raag dhari, taan execution, etc. His students can provide the best testimonials.

Tabla teachers have included Shri Nitin Mitta, a fantastic accompanist and soloist who has been touring consistently with many artists in the USA. Ustad Shahid Pervez and Anuradha Pal have given extended workshops as well. In addition, the academy has hosted one of the New England area's largest annual ICM festivals.
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In my experience, in most cases a smart teenager can spot a fake a lot faster than his gullible parents.
It is this exact scenario, in which a teacher turned me off from tabla, made me stop playing for around 4 years. Two things contributed to that very bad outcome, 1) parents pushing me to learn 2) this particular teacher who my parents were pushing me to learn from. But maybe I knew better and could "spot the fake" because I had two great tabla teachers before that. And right now, I am fortunate enough to say that I am continuing to learn from a very very good teacher who I am honoured to learn from.

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nimesh

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Many thanks, rapture and vistaar, for your responses. So far, I have not received any replies to my emails to Learnquest but I will continue to try to contact them. I also look forward to their workshops and other events in 2008.
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sarod

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Hey nimesh i think there is a good table player....his name is broto roy?? lives in the cambridge area!
he played with aashish khan. I'll try to find his contact and send it to you
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Sorry I missed your reply earlier. My son has started at LearnQuest (Nishikant Sonwalkar).
I might join there too (for sitar). Learnquest website is still not out-of-date but they have a brief announcement of a 5-day music conference in April 2008.
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