Indian Percussion


write a short response to the clinic of what you did learn, experience of hearing/listening to Zakir Hussain’s Masters of Percussion 111

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Indian Percussion

The barriers preventing a meeting of western popular music and Indian classical music was insurmountable for centuries. However, in recent days, the western countries have started appreciating the Percussion masters of India thanks to the hard work of Zakir Husain’s tabla duet with his father. With percussion masters of India, Zakir leads a program featuring a dazzling display of drumming with virtuosos both from North and South India.  The performance of this program often comprises a presentation of the traditional classical repertoire of the tabla by Zakir himself with the help of his brother Fazar (Roy, 2016). However, it is worth noting that the performance is not complete without the collaboration between the north and south Indian drumming which features both the classical and folk traditions.

Indian percussion plays an important role both in Hindustani from the North and Carnatic from the Sothern part of the country. Notably, improvisation on a song must follow the exigencies of both the raga and the tala. Just like in Indian classical music where the composer improvises, the drummers in Indian percussion can also improvise while performing calling on the hundreds of small set of patterns that the performer has learned through training, rearranging them and modifying them through different techniques.  Some of the famous instruments used during the performance of an Indian percussion include the sarangi, which often described as the oldest bowed instruments in India. This instrument is particularly popular among the northern provinces (Goyal et al., 2013). Additionally, the tabla is another major instrument used during the performance of this popular drumming. Tabla comprises a pair of single-headed tuned kettle drums. the left-hand drum known as the banya is made of an alloy of copper and silver while the right-hand drum known as the tabla has a hardwood body.



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Roy, U. K. (2016). Instrumental Bengali music synthesis from transcription with Indian percussion instruments. 2016 International Conference on Computer, Electrical & Communication Engineering (ICCECE). doi:10.1109/iccece.2016.8009551


Indian Classical Music