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    Yogesh Samsi - The Tabla Series album cover

    Yogesh SamsiThe Tabla Series

    Label:Sense World Music – 061
    Series:The Tabla Series
    CD, Album, Stereo
    Genre:Folk, World, & Country
    Style:Indian Classical, Hindustani


    1Tabla Solo in Teentaal (16 beats)
    2Tabla Solo in Teentaal (16 beats)
    3Tabla Solo in Teentaal (16 beats)
    4Tabla Solo in Teentaal (16 beats)
    5Tabla Solo in Teentaal (16 beats)
    6Tabla Solo in Teentaal (16 beats)
    7Tabla Solo in Teentaal (16 beats)
    8Tabla Solo in Teentaal (16 beats)48:56
    9Tabla solo in Deepchandi (14 beats)
    10Tabla solo in Deepchandi (14 beats)
    11Tabla solo in Deepchandi (14 beats)
    12Tabla solo in Deepchandi (14 beats)
    13Tabla solo in Deepchandi (14 beats)15:24

    Barcode and Other Identifiers

    • Barcode: 801786706120


    • DrummieDave's avatar
      The Tabla is the most popular and widely used drum of North India. Its colourful
      range of tonal qualities combined with its capacity to express remarkable rhythmic
      permutations make it a unique percussion instrument which in recent times has inspired and fascinated audiences worldwide. The pair of drums consist of a high-pitched, precisely tuned dahina (also called dayan or tabla), and a low-pitched, less precisely tuned drum, the bayan. The dahina is responsible for many of the resonant ringing sounds (or bols). The bayan provides the bass and is recognizable for its swooping bass sound, which provides colourful embellishment. The bayan is often said to be where the soul of the instrument lies.

      Most frequently the tabla is used to accompany classical instrumental, vocal and dance performances, but as all tabla players will remind you there also exists a strong tradition of tabla solo playing. The history of tabla is shrouded in mystery and mythology; however it is most commonly thought to have developed in the area of Delhi in the mid eighteenth century. Initially, much of the inspiration for its repertoire was borrowed and adapted from other Indian drums including pakhawaj and dholak. However, over the period since then, tabla players have built up a huge repertoire of material specific to the dynamics of the tabla. This vast range of compositions has been made richer by the evolution of a number of distinct regional performance styles, known as gharanas, of which there are six recognised by the tabla community, namely, Delhi, Ajrara, Farukhabad, Lucknow, Benares and Punjab. These styles have played a major role in the development of tabla playing with regard to technique and repertoire.

      The tabla player uses a vocabulary of semi-onomatopoeic syllables to represent the strokes on the instrument known as 'bols' (from the Hindi verb bolna, 'to speak'), a system which has been used to orally communicate compositions through the ages. Bols making up popular phrases such as 'dhati dhage tina gina' and 'dhati dhatere ketetake terekete', are recited by the player before playing, in a practice known as Pardhant, a kind of Indian version of rap. While in training a student is typically taught to speak the bols of the composition before actually playing it on the drums.
      The solo tabla repertoire consists of a great variety of compositional forms, many of which are featured on this recording. The forms can be divided into two broad categories. Firstly, compositions of the 'theme and variation' type are Peshkar, Qaida and Rela where a rhythmic theme is expanded and permutated using a variety of improvisatory techniques. Usually featured in the first half of the solo, these themes are pre-composed, but designed in a way to allow maximum potential for improvisation, testing the performer's creativity to the limit. The latter part of the recital most commonly consists of fixed compositions such as Tukra, Gat and Chakradar, many of which have been inherited from great masters from generation to generation and are therefore highly prized by tabla players.

      The first tabla solo on this recording is played in a rhythmic cycle of sixteen beats, known as teentaal. This is the most popular framework for improvisation used by tabla players, because of its great scope for elaboration. The tabla is accompanied by a cyclic melody in sixteen beats called lehara, played simultaneously by Ajay Joglekar on the harmonium. The second solo is set to a fourteen beat rhythmic cycle called Deepchandi.

      The Artist

      Yogesh Samsi is one of those rare tabla players whose reputation has been built on his consummate artistry in both fields of accompaniment and solo playing. The son of the renowned vocalist Pandit Dinkar Kaikini, Yogesh Samsi was initiated into tabla by his father at the tender age of four, and later received guidance under Pandit H.Taranath
      Rao. However it was under the gifted tutelage of the legendary Ustad Alla Rakha that Yogesh received intense training for twenty three years and, matured into a fine
      young tabla player.

      Yogesh has accompanied almost all the top ranking instrumentalists and vocalists and dancers of India, including Ustad Vilayat Khan, Pt Dinkar Kaikini, Pt Bhimsen Joshi, Pt Shivkumar Sharma, Pt Hariprasad Chaurasia, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and Pt Birju Maharaj. Apart from accompaniment Yogesh has performed numerous memorable solo performances in India and abroad. He has also had the privilege of accompanying his teacher Ustad Alla Rakha and his son the great maestro Ustad Zakir Hussain in their solo performances.

      Besides performing Yogesh has a sound scholastic approach to the subject and has taken several successful workshops in world music centres in India, U.S.A, U.K, South Africa and Japan. He is also a highly respected teacher, creating a syllabus for learning tabla designed specifically for teachers in the West, an initiative which is sure to have great benefits for the advancement of tabla worldwide. Yogesh has also worked on an instructional CD-Rom about tabla which is now available for students.

      With the growing influences of modern and fusion music, Yogesh Samsi strives to keep up his revered Guru's word of preserving the tradition in the presentation of tabla solo. (sleevenote)