Friday evening we attended a concert at I-Hall at the University with five music students, their sensei, and the featured outside musician (from Tokyo) who played the sitar. All of the musicians wore traditional Indian clothing. The first few pieces were done by the five students, taking turns with the different instruments, three sets of Tabla drums, the tamboola, and another box instrument that was kind of like an accordion.
At the intermission, the students served chai tea and a variety of Indian crackers and breads to the concert goers. After the intermission, the sitar musician, the sensei playing the Tabla drums, and the students rotating to play the tamboola entertained us. The music was very soothing.
The tabla is a percussion instrument composed of two drums. The larger one is called the bayan and is made of copper and played with the left hand. The other drum, which is played with the right hand is called the Dayan and made from sheesham wood. Both drums are covered with goatskin.
The tamboola has a similar form as the sitar, but has no frets, just four open strings and is used to create atmosphere.
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The music and the food went on for several hours and both were great. Like the evening before, the students took turns playing the tabla and tamboola, followed by the sensei with the tabla, the sitar player, and a student playing the tamboola.
Plate after plate of food and mugs of beer kept coming.
When we thought we could eat no more, there was dessert!
We thoroughly enjoyed both evenings of Indian music.