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Edison, New Jersey, October 19, 20, 12 - 5 PM

The workshop is about learning and mastering the tabla the quick and easy way. It is intended for the beginning tabla players.

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 is immensely more efficient than conventional systems of learning. It is also suitable for self studies.

Although the workshop will be oriented towards the beginners, it will be open to tabla players of all levels.

The fee for the workshop is $300. The fee includes notes documenting the material that will be covered in the workshop.

Confirmation is required by October 14.

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

Note: Due to the intended audience and the time constraint, the scope of the workshop will of necessity be limited. For a full coverage one can purchase his book entitled "Step-by-Step Development of Tabla Compositions From the Ground Up," ISBN: 978-81-925835-0-1. The book is the culmination of research over a period of more than twenty years. It adopts a systematic and scientific approach to tabla learning to eliminate spending unnecessary time and effort. The book demonstrates the step-by-step development of well over two thousand compositions of all types -- from the very simple to the most complex, from the well known to the not-so-well known to the totally unknown -- and includes a complete theory of tihai. Nothing like it has been available before. All the well-known compositions from all gharanas (styles) are included. These are, however, not simple restatements. Each and every one of them has been developed from scratch in a way that even a child can understand. The majority of the compositions in the book are new, and are as good or better. In order to make the compositions easy to follow a new notation system has been used in the book. It is as precise as the Western Staff notation, and at the same time the simplest possible.

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). His research over a period of more than twenty years has led to an extremely efficient and elegant method of developing tabla compositions by applying two basic principles and following simple logic, starting from practically nothing. The method is easy to understand and can be learned in a short time. It is not in conflict with anything taught in the traditional methods. Nor does it require any change in playing styles. 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.
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