Video lessons of playing the tabla from Pandit Sadanand Naiampalli. This course designed for musicians with level from Intermediate to Advanced. At the beginning of the disc is given a brief "alphabet" (bols) to record the rhythms (taals). At the beginning of each chapter before playing taals described appropriate bols. Video and audio quality is certainly not great. But publishers of disk are put a lot of cool stuff.
Call it an aggregation of some of the best contemporary percussionists: Trilok Gurtu, Zakir Hussain, and Asian Underground star Talvin Singh combine under the sonic washes of producer Bill Laswell to show the possibilities of Indian percussion. It's definitely a beatfest, but one of subtlety, where what is being said isn't as important as the way it's being stated, and the dialogue between hands includes a lot of silences. Gurtu comes from a more jazz tradition, Hussein a classical background, and Singh represents the brash young things of the dance floor. Mostly Laswell leaves it to them to provide the sonic entertainment, which is as it should be with delicate swathes of sound barely intruding, just coloring the proceedings. While it's not for everyone, those who love Indian percussion in all its forms will find this album a complete joy.