Taalim School Tabla Drum Circle
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tabla students taught
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Taalim School’s core strength lies in formal instruction in tabla – the most popular Indian percussion instrument. Guided by Pandit Divyang Vakil, Taalim School teaches Delhi, Ajrada, and Punjab gharana of tabla, in addition to contemporary classical tabla playing and Pandit Vakil’s own compositions.

Tabla instruction is based on the teaching methodology developed by Pandit Divyang Vakil, which is a modern adaptation of the guru-shishya parampara (student-teacher tradition). Teaching is customized to the needs, skill, and personality of each student. Even in a group setting, each student gets individual and targeted attention.

No previous experience with Indian music and/or drumming is required. Learning tabla and Indian rhythm can add depth and open new avenues of creativity within one’s own playing for percussionists and drummers of different drums, such as cajon, djembe, and drum kit.

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What is Tabla?

Tabla is the main rhythmic instrument of North Indian classical music. Its music involves skillfully composed rhythmic patterns, intriguing compositions, and complex beat structures. The tabla is comprised of two drums, one played by each hand. Each drum consists of a hollow interior covered with a leather surface. The larger of the two, on which bass tones are produced, is the baya. The smaller drum is the daya, on which numerous higher-pitched tones are produced. The beauty and essence of tabla-playing lies in the harmonious balance between the daya and baya.

The tabla is a highly versatile percussion instrument, which is played solo or in accompaniment with just about any musical instrument in the world.

Taalim School offers group and private classes in the Indian hand drum tabla in over 15 locations across New York (Manhattan, Brooklyn, and more), New Jersey (north, central, and south), Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

Click on region closest to you for details on location and timing.  Private classes are available at all of our locations and can also be arranged in cities not listed.

Manhattan, NY
Midtown East | Wednesdays at 6pm
Midtown West | Thursdays at 7pm

Brooklyn, NY
Tuesdays at 7pm

Nassau County
Albertson | Saturdays at 2pm
New Hyde Park | Saturdays at 11am, Wednesdays at 6:30pm

Queens, NY
Bellerose | Saturdays at 5pm
Jackson Heights | Tuesdays, Wednesdays at 7pm

Greenwich & Stamford, CT
Sunday mornings at 10am, 11am
Northhampton County, PA
Easton / Bethlehem / Allentown | Friday evenings

Philadelphia, PA
Philadelphia | Thursday evenings

Bergen County / Rockland County, NY
Suffern, NY | Mondays at 6pm

Essex County, NJ
Cedar Grove | Sunday at 2:30pm

Hudson County, NJ
Hoboken / Jersey City | Tuesdays at 6pm

Middlesex County, NJ
Edison | Sundays at 5:30pm, Mondays at 6:30pm, 7:30pm
South Brunswick | Mondays at 5pm, 6pm
East Brunswick | Mondays at 7:30pm

Somerset County, NJ
Bridgewater | Thursdays at 6:30pm

Camden County, NJ
Cherry Hill | Thursday evenings*

Mercer County, NJ
West Windsor | Mondays at 5pm, 6pm
Princeton Junction | Tuesdays at 5:30pm, 6:30pm

Email us for details on classes in the following cities:
Charlottesville, VA
Richmond, VA
Harrisburg, VA
Stauton, VA


We generally start accepting students at the age of 6. Children aged 5 are taken on a case by case basis. In Manhattan and Brooklyn, we offer a special private class catered to children under the age of 6.
Group classes are one hour long. Private classes can be 30 minutes or one hour long.

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Prior to joining Taalim, my son had started learning tabla from other teacher, but it didn’t suit his learning style. At Taalim, the teacher immediately got to work – fixing his technique and understanding my son’s personality. Taalim has instilled a confidence in my son to be able to enjoy a traditional instrument. The result – my son is now excited about tabla and has made a lifelong commitment to playing tabla!
Akshay Munshi, Taalim Parent
Wish I started my training with her years ago!
Shraddha Prakash