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Edison, New Jersey, October 15, 16, 22, 23 and 29, 30, 12 - 5 PM

In the workshop the participants will learn how anyone, with minimal musical sense, with or without prior knowledge of tabla, can develop compositions of any kind by applying simple rules and logic. The technique is all encompassing, and does not rely on the traditional system of learning, and hence one can easily experiment with multiple interpretations of a given composition, generating separate musical expressions. The method is extremely efficient, and is suitable for fast and easy learning and mastering of tabla by anyone.

The workshop will be open to tabla players of all levels. However, since a considerable amount of material will be covered in the six days of the workshop, it may not be suitable for beginners.

The fee for the workshop is $1,000. The fee includes a full documentation of the workshop, explaining the development of an unlimited number of compositions of all types, with nearly two thousand examples. An added feature of the document is a complete theory of tihai. The document can be purchased separately for $300, and will be available at and after the workshop. The documentation is in three parts. Last year's workshops -- held mostly in India -- were devoted exclusively to compositions that are normally played at high speed (relas). The material of those workshops is contained in Part II of the document. Those who obtained that can purchase Parts I and III for $150. Confirmation is required by October 5.

For further information please contact Dr. Pal at 732 494 3716, email:

Dr. Mrinal Pal received traditional training in tabla for more than thirty years from Afaq Hussain Khan and Wazid Hussain Khan of Lucknow. He has also spent many years studying the repertoire and styles of the leading exponents of other gharanas (schools). However, the method he will present at the workshop is entirely his own. Although it has taken him over twenty years to develop, it is easy to understand and can be learned in a few days. The method is not in conflict with anything taught in the traditional methods. It will benefit all tabla players wishing to improve their understanding of the art and science of tabla playing, and bring out the best in them. In the case of the advanced students and professionals the method will reinforce their previous learning.
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