Talavya -Transforming Perceptions of Classical Music (TEDxASB)
This is definitely worth watching. Composed by music maestro Pandit Divyang Vakil, Talavya, a globe-trotting percussion ensemble revels in the hidden potency of the Indian hand drums – tabla as a rhythmic and melodic instrument capable of expressing just about anything.
There is a powerful message in the introduction by my friend Heena Patel [Harmonium] that musician/artists need to hear. I’m very proud that an Indian Classical ensemble have been given the opportunity to perform at a TEDx event. They are not just a bunch of good musicians, they are preserving the ancient art of tabla playing and showcasing the power of this ancient drum in a form that expands its palette and audience, while keeping to the essence of Indian classical music.
The compositions are filled with the nuances of classical tabla, while appealing to contemporary music sensibilities, thus striking a balance between tradition and modernity.