TAAL – The Rhythm of Life Documentary Film Fundraiser

Montreal-based filmmaker Caroline Tabah has begun a film project about the late Pandit Sharda Sahai and his relationship with his Canadian disciple Shawn Mativetsky. In order to complete TAAL – The Rhythm of Life, Caroline has started a fundraising campaign on the website Indiegogo. Please visit the fundraising campaign site and consider making a donation to the production. You will also be able to read more about the film, about the filmmaker, and view the trailer video for the project.


The feature documentary film, Taal, explores the beauty of the relationship between Shawn Mativetsky (shawnmativetsky.com), a talented professional tabla player from Canada, and his master of music from India, the renowned tabla virtuoso Pandit Sharda Sahai (www.shardasahai.com). Taal also explores the fascinating world of North Indian (Hindustani) classical music, which is perhaps lesser known in the West, with a focus on the Benares tablagharana (lineage), which originated in Benares (Varanasi), India.

In India today, youth is less and less interested in the learning of Indian classical music, so what pushes a Canadian to devote himself to the learning, the professional practice and the teaching of tabla, this percussion instrument from North India? What is meant by gharana, this musical tradition,  this musical family, relating to the Hindu system of apprenticeship called GuruShishya-Parampara – this system of teaching through oral transmission from the master (Guru) to his student (shishya)?

Discoveries, performances and interviews punctuate the documentary Taal, which translates to  ‘rhythmic cycle.’ Inspired by the ‘ten lives of taal‘ (taal ke das praana) of North Indian classical music, Taal explores the rhythms of Shawn’s journey as well as the rhythms of life, of which death is a part.

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