Tabla in south

#1 May 8th, 2011, 12:43
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Hello folks,

I've been looking for decent tabla set with reasonable price and quality in south India. After doing a little research I found this post http://keralahandicraft.blogspot.com...r-musical.html

So seems like there's a special village in Kerala where they craft tablas. Might be a good place to try different qualities and buy one without being ripped off, but now I'm on really tight schedule and not really sure if I have time to include Kerala in my itinerary (I'm currently in Chennai). Maybe you have some advices where to get it in Tamil Nadu (or Chennai itself) ? or is it better to search for it in Delhi.. ? I'm a bit confused now since I'm a beginner and don't know how to distinguish properly. Any help appreciated

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#2 May 8th, 2011, 13:15
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Hmmm... Tabla is really not a South Indian drum. I suspect that the village you mention will not be full of people making tablas, but that they will be making mridangams, madalams (the drum being made in the picture, I think), chendas, eddukas, and the many other drums of Kerala and the South.

In the workshops in Mylapore (Chennai) you will find mostly mridangams being made and repaired. Those guys will almost certainly repair tabla, but I doubt that they manufacture many from scratch. You will have a big difficulty dealing with these people if you cannot speak Tamil.

You can go to the instrument shops in Chennai. There are quite a few, but the two that I have some knowledge of are in Royapettah High Road, just north of Luz Corner, almost opposite each other. One is Saptaswara, the other Sruti Laya ---and I always forget which is which.
#3 May 19th, 2011, 10:46
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Thanks for the reply Nick. I've visited one famous shop there called Lakshman Sruthi Musicals, perhaps the same you referred to. It's quite difficult to get by with English as you said, however they said that most of the tablas there are shipped from Mumbai, Delhi etc. so I think I'll just try the luck there. I didn't have patience to stay there for longer than 5 minutes as the second floor where they keep tablas doesn't even have a fan, it's really hot in Chennai during those days (maybe the peak).
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That isn't the shop I meant, although I've heard others speak well of it.

Yes, this is our peak summer period. Last year, it reached 43; this year hasn't been that bad.

Sruti Laya might even be air-conditioned, as they refurbished the shop a few years ago.
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The "Mussee" (spelling ) Academy set back from Mt Road-- usually has a range of Tabla on display, in the "Take your shoes off" upstairs area. God i love that shop.

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