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
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 were invited into the Pitt Rivers Museum last year and in 2018 to do performances and demonstrations on tabla, which all finished with “hands-on-tabla” sessions where people were able to try out the basic sounds of tabla.
Our "hands-on-tabla" appearances at the PRM last year were on 7th September, 27th July and 26th January and the year before on 15th September and 21st July. They were all a great success. We are looking forward to doing the same in 2020.
Please see below photos taken by Andy McLellan of PRM during our 21st July 2018 demonstration and workshop.
This is an extract from Sharda Sahai's fabulous 1998 solo performance in Miami, with accompaniment provided by Master sarangi player Ramesh Mishra.