Summer Tabla Seminar 2005, Tucson AZ

24nd Annual Summer Tabla Workshop with Pandit Sharda Sahai

June 27th through July 8th, 2005 in Tucson, AZ

Spend two weeks with one of the greatest living tabla players. This extended workshop will include daily lessons, performances and lectures, practice sessions, and concerts and is appropriate for all levels (beginning, intermediate, advanced).

Pandit Sharda Sahai
Pandit Sharda Sahai was born in Benares, India in 1935. He is a direct descendent of Pandit Ram Sahai, the founder of the Benares style of tabla playing. As one of India’s preeminent tabla artists, Sharda Sahai has appeared at all of the important music conferences and festivals and has performed with every major artist of North Indian Classical music, including Ali Akbar Khan, Amjad Ali Khan, and Ravi Shankar. He is the director of the Pandit Ram Sahai Sangit Vidhyalaya schools of music in Benares and in London. He has held appointments on the music faculties of Wesleyan University, Brown University, Berklee School of Music, Dartington College of Arts, Oxford University and at Leeds University in England. For more information on Pandit Sahai go to

Location: University of Arizona Music Bldg., Tucson, Arizona
Fees: Cost of the workshop is $400. Private lessons will be available and will cost extra.
Registration: A deposit of $150 is due by June 2nd, 2005
Contact: Todd Hammes,, 520-886-9187
Mailing: Todd Hammes, PO Box 65617 Tucson, AZ 85728
Housing: Available in the Dorms of the U of Arizona, $28/night for single person and $40/night for 2 people in a shared double. Linens included.

Sponsored by the Percussion Studio at the University of Arizona

Daily Schedule:
Students will be divided into classes based on ability level. Each Class will meet eight times.

Much of your time will be spent in individual practice and practicing with your classmates.
Advanced Class time may change to fit the participants.
Private lessons will be added on an individual basis.

Group Practice Session:
Students of all levels practice together.
This is a time for review and clarification of material covered in class.
The Group Practice session is for technique practice.

Group Listening Session:
This is a chance to listen to recordings of the masters to compare and contrast styles etc.

Puja is a gathering to remember the master tabla players and teachers of the past.

CONCERT – Saturday July 2nd

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