Tabla, one of the oldest Indian drums to date, lends an increasingly common rhythm to movie soundtracks, world music compilations and fusion songs.
It was originally taught in a gurukul system, where each disciple had a guru who would help them understand the philosophy and art of tabla rigorously.
Samir Chatterjee, a musician and instructor, founded Chhandayan School of Music, a Manhattan-based institution that tries to sustain the spirituality of the practice while experimenting with different styles of music.
This video was shot by Ankita Rao and Anna Irrera.
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