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A Career in Playing Tabla has always intrigued me. Unfortunately, it is very difficult to find information about What Playing Tabla actually is. Most pages on the internet just talk about How to get into Playing Tabla. While I was searching for reliable information about a Career in Playing Tabla, I came across this amazing page: https://www.lifepage.in/careers/playing-tabla
Rajesh Mishra's point of view!
Rajesh Mishra invested 37 years in Playing Tabla. Rajesh Mishra has worked in Playing Tabla as Music Artist in Various Creative Music Assignments. In Rajesh Mishra's own words, this is how Rajesh Mishra got into Playing Tabla: "I belong to Banaras Gharana, got my training from Pt Manu Lal Mishra Ji from Banaras Gharana. I have been playing tabla since 1980."
Career Video on Playing Tabla
In a video, Rajesh Mishra has talked about various aspects of a Career in Playing Tabla. Rajesh Mishra started by explaining Playing Tabla as: "Tabla is a South Asian membranophone percussion instrument, consisting of a pair of drums, used in traditional, classical, popular and folk music. It has been an important instrument in Hindustani classical music." It was a very interesting video and I enjoyed watching it.
It is easy to Google information about what Qualifications are needed to enter Playing Tabla, this video went a step ahead to talk about the body of knowledge one needs to develop to excel at Playing Tabla. Rajesh Mishra touches upon these in the Education section of the Video:
Theory of Music
Knowledge of Tabla
Laya and Taal
Indian Classical Music
This Career demands specific Skills which only an experienced professional can lay out.
Rajesh Mishra then explains why these Skills are essential for a Career in Playing Tabla:
Finding a Mentor
Passion and Dedication
Finger Movement and Sound Production
It is important to get an understanding of the Positives of this Career.
Rajesh Mishra believes that the following are some of the Positives of a Career in Playing Tabla:
Respect and Recognition
Challenges define a Career as much as the Positives of the same.
And, Rajesh Mishra believes that one needs to prepare for following Challenges of a Career in Playing Tabla:
Commercialisation of Music
Lack of Icons
Lack of Awareness
In the final section of the video Rajesh Mishra talks about How a day goes in a Career in Playing Tabla. This video is by far the best video on a Career in Playing Tabla, that I have ever come across. To see the full Talk, one needs to install the LifePage Career Talks App. Here is a direct deep link of the Video: https://lifepage.app.link/20170609-0001