Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Where Are the Women Tabla Players?


A partly autobiographical piece that asks why there aren't any well-known women maestros of the tabla. I drew upon my own conflicted history with music teachers and music lessons and posed the question a few days ago to a famous male tabla pandit from Benares. I didn't care for the answer. It inspired me to write the article.

(Many folks have written to me since reading the article to share their knowledge of one or two women tabla players. While it’s incredibly heartening to know that the handful exists, the point I was trying to make was bigger…)

1 comment:

no logos. totaly logic said...

Dear Ms. Aslam Khan,

I am submitting an off topic post here, without any connection to Women Tabla Players whatsoever.

I noticed one of your favorite films is The Battle of Algiers; I happen to have written a novel on the French-Algerian war, from an Algerian perspective.

This day and age we Westerners are all into the First and Second World Wars, the first being 100 years old now.

We preferably forget, ignore, belittle the colonial wars occurring after the Second World War.

The book being translated now I would like to send you an excerpt, the political novel in the Netherlands hasn't been a great success. Hopefully the English version will hit some nerves.

Sincerely yours, and let us hope you real in the prize...

Wouter Krijbolder
The Netherlands