11th September 2017


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South Asian Performing Arts Centre: Tabla and Sitar at Swindon Arts Centre

SAPAC present tabla and sitar

Where: Swindon Arts Centre
When: Friday 6th October 2017
Book Online: www.swindontheatres.co.uk    Telephone: 01793 524481
Musicians playing sitar and tabla

Musicians playing sitar and tabla

Swindon South Asian Performing Arts Centre Tabla Event

Tabla event information


‘Samswara – Sitar & Tabla / Indian Music Performances, Stroud & Devon, UK

Indian music – Sitar & Tabla performances & workshops in Stroud, Gloucestershire, Devon, Bristol, Swindon & South West UK, South Wales, London, the Midlands & throughout the UK.

Having trained as a Tabla player in Indian Music (North Indian classical / Hindustani music), Jon has worked with various musicians in this genre.’

About Swindon’s South Asian Performing Arts Centre – SAPAC

SAPAC is a diverse art organisation set-up in 2009. The organisation’s mission is to make diverse art an active part of Swindon’s cultural scene. 

To that end, and supported by Arts Council England, SAPAC hosts top-class national and international artists in Swindon at affordable prices. The events are open to anyone in Swindon and the surrounding areas.

SAPAC run regular classes in Tabla and and arrange workshops in various forms of Indian music and dance. The classes are run by professionals are open to anyone from the age of 6 years.

New Term for Tabla

The new term for Tabla starts on the 16th September at 11.30 am on Saturday mornings at the central community centre. The classes are every week.

For more information visit the SAPAC website: http://sapac.co.uk

About Tabla – via Wikepedia

The tabla is a South Asian membranophone percussion instrument (similar to bongos), consisting of a pair of drums, used in traditional, classical, popular and folk music. It has been a particularly important instrument in Hindustani classical music since the 18th century, and remains in use in India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka.[2] The name tabla likely comes from tabl, the Persian and Arabic word for drum.[3] However, the ultimate origin of the musical instrument is contested by scholars, some tracing it to West Asia, others tracing it to the evolution of indigenous musical instruments of the Indian subcontinent.

The sound of the sitar

The sitar is, as this Brittanica.com article explains, ‘a stringed instrument of the lute family that is popular in northern India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh.’

‘The word sitar is derived from the Persian word sehtar, meaning “three-stringed.” The instrument appears to have descended from long-necked lutes taken to India from Central Asia. The sitar flourished in the 16th and 17th centuries and arrived at its present form in the 18th century. Today it is the dominant instrument in Hindustani music; it is used as a solo instrument with tambura (drone-lute) and tabla (drums) and in ensembles, as well as for northern Indian kathak (dance-dramas). Two modern schools of sitar playing in India are the Ravi Shankar and Vilayat Khan schools, each with its own playing style, type of sitar (varying in size, shape, number of strings, etc.), and tuning system.’

Famed for his association with The Beatles and George Harrison in particular, here’s Ravi Shankar at Woodstock in 1969: