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dinegine

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Does anyone know/or have any theories as to why tabla accompanists sit to the right of soloists in performance?
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evening84

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I'll throw out a few :

(1) For years, they were left out behind the stage. Now they want to be right in the middle of the action.

(2) Right ear hears better than the left. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/8116321.stm By placing the Tabla player on the right, the main artist improves his ability to recognize when he has messed up and is not going to make the 'sum', so he can improvise and/or prepare to raise an eyebrow as part of a pre-emptive shift of blame strategy.

(3) Approximately two-thirds of the population is right-eye dominant and one-third left-eye dominant. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ocular_dominance By placing the Tabla player on the right, the main artist improves his ability to be the 'knight in shining kurta' to the majority of pretty girls in the audience (at least till the bastard starts his terekete rolls).

(4) The Calf Path. http://holyjoe.org/poetry/foss3.htm

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shuram01

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for your point 3: The pretty ladies will focus on the Tabla player as their left eyes will be towards him, who is sitting to the right of the vocalist/sitar player.
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