Welcome to Oxford Tabla

Who We Are:-


Oxford Tabla (formerly the Pitt Rivers Tabla Group) are some Oxford based musicians who enthusiastically promote Indian tabla in all kinds of music and who invite musicians from all walks of musical life to experiment in Indian music with them.  


Oxford Tabla, led by Caroline Howard-Jones (Tapp), support and encourage the style of Benares tabla. This is a fairly uncommon style of solo tabla playing from India with an emphasis on passion, rhythm and intensity.


Caroline (Prabhakar (B. Mus) in tabla) teaches tabla and offers free individual tabla practice sessions (riaz) during term time in Oxford. Group tabla practice sessions are a possibility. 


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Tabla Self-Teaching Videos

The video below is a sample of our Tabla Self-Teaching Videos on this site. 

Please click on our 'Play Tabla' header above to find them all.

Play Tabla - Oxford

This video:-

How to tune tabla

Baithak - The Art House

Oxford Tabla support "Baithak - The Art House" in Bhopal (India). Please take a look under our 'BAITHAK' header above for information and updates on "Baithak - The Art House". 

Oxford Tabla at the Pitt Rivers Museum

We ran another 'Hands On Tabla' workshop in the PRM on 7th September, which included a demonstration of tabla as a solo and accompaniment instrument. Thank you to everyone who came along to join the tabla fun.

We also ran tabla workshops twice last year, on 21st July and 15th September, and this year on 26th January and 27th July - all at the Pitt Rivers Museum- and they were a huge success.  


Please see below photos taken by Andy McLellan during last year's 21st July workshop.

This is an extract from Sharda Sahai's fabulous 1998 solo performance in Miami, with accompaniment provided  by Master sarangi player Ramesh Mishra. 

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