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Famous Tabla Players

Tabla (not to be confused with Arabic tablah) is a pair of drums. It consists of a small right hand drum called dayan (literally means right) and a larger metal one called bayan (literally means left). 

Undoubtedly the most striking characteristic of the tabla is the large black spot (called siyahi) on each of the playing surfaces. The siyahi (Siyah literally means black) is mixture of gum, soot, and iron filings. Its function is to create the bell-like timbre that is the characteristic of the instrument. The invention of sitar and tabla and many other things is attributed to Amir Khosro Dehlavi. There is a tendency among Indians to attribute the development of almost everything to him. Anyway it is unfortunate that the history of the beginning of tabla is still in dispute. In this page, we list some famous tabla players.

  • Ahmedjaan Thirkwar
  • Bapu Patwardhan
  • Shankar Ghosh
  • Bickram Ghosh
  • Tanmoy Bose
  • Kadar Khan
  • Samta Prasad
  • Suresh Talwalkar
  • Trilok Gurtu
  • Samir Chatterjee
  • Alla Rakha Khan
  • Hamid Hussein
  • Kishen Maharaj
  • Kumar Bose
  • Talvin Singh
  • Prafulla Athalye
  • Aloke Dutta
  • Tafo Khan
  • Aneesh Pradhan
  • Zakir Hussain
  • Sharda Sahai
  • Shaik Davood Khan
  • Shabbir Nisar
  • Anuradha Pal
  • Sunayana Ghosh
  • Rimpa Shiv
  • Tari Khan
  • Vijay Ghate


A note by the webmaster of the official website of Dr. Peyman Nasehpour:


If you know a famous tabla player in India, Pakistan, or in any other place that we must list her / him in this page, let us know. Thanks!