The rhythmic aspects of Hindustani music are as intricate and complex as the melodic aspects. ‘Tabla’ is the most popular and important percussion instrument in Hindustani music. According to a popular legend, the poet-musician Amir Khusrau invented the tabla by cutting the ‘pakhawaj’ in half. Pakhawaj is another percussion instrument which is older than the tabla. The term tabla derives from an Arabic word for drum,tabl. The treble drum is called the tabla while the bass drum is called the bahya. The most fascinating aspect of this instrument is that even though its a percussion instrument, it sounds melodic. There are 6 schools of tabla playing and each school has its own style,repertoire. I am posting a couple of videos of the most famous tabla player in the world.