Sandeep Das, tabla Sandeep Das is one of today’s leading tabla players. A favorite disciple of the legendary tabla maestro Pandit Kishan Maharaj ji, Das has built a diverse international career, collaborating with a variety of genre-crossing artists including Yo-Yo Ma, Paquito D'Rivera and Kayhan Kalhor. He has appeared as a soloist with some of the world’s leading classical orchestras and string quartets. He made his stage debut with Pandit Ravi Shankar at the age of sixteen and since then he has performed regularly with many leading Indian maestros. Das is also founder of HUM (Harmony and Universality through Music), an ensemble promoting global understanding through performance and education. He has composed for and performed internationally with Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble for the last 15 years. aBoUt tHe instrUMents Kamancheh The kamancheh (spiked fiddle), the ancient bowed string instrument of Iran, is ancestor to most bowed instruments throughout Asia and Europe. It has a small, hollowed belly made of walnut or mulberry wood with a thin, stretched skin covering and a conical shaped neck. The contemporary kamancheh has four strings, generally tuned in fourths or fifths, and it is played vertically.
Tabla The tabla consists of two hand drums. The right drum, called tabla or dayan, is carved out of a single block of hardwood and is tuned to the tonic of the Raga. The left hand drum, called bayan, is usually made of brass or copper. Both drums are covered with skin and have a circular patch of paste made with iron filings, flour and other ingredients affixed to them.
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Sitar The sitar is a long, hollow-necked, fretted lute with one or two gourd resonators. It has two main playing strings, two variable drone strings, two fixed, high pitched drone strings and up to thirteen sympathetic strings which are tuned to a particular Raga. The frets are movable and are set according to the scale of the Raga. An important part of the playing technique includes pulling the strings to produce slides and ornaments.