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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 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 Tapp (Prabhakar (B. Mus) in tabla) teaches tabla on-line 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

 Over the last few years we were invited in to the Pitt Rivers Museum to do performances and demonstrations on tabla, which all finished with “hands-on” sessions where people of all ages were able to try out tabla for themselves.

We made two "hands-on-tabla" appearances in 2018 (on 21 July and 15 September) and there were three more in 2019 (on 26 January, 27 July and 7 September) and all of them were a great success.


In 2020 we were very much hoping to do the same but because of the COVID-19 pandemic this opportunity was denied to us. Maybe with a return to normality we can do it in 2021, assuming we are rid of this terrible virus in all its terrible manifestations but who knows?  

Please see below photos taken by Andy McLellan of PRM during our 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.