Summer Tabla Workshop 2006, Montreal, Canada

25th Annual Summer Tabla Workshop with Pandit Sharda Sahai
July 24th  through August 5th,  2006  in MontrealCanada

Presented in collaboration with the Pandit Ram Sahai Sangit Vidyalaya
Hosted by the Schulich School of Music of McGill University

Host: Shawn Mativetsky

Pandit Ram Sahai Sangit Vidyalaya


Spend two weeks with one of the greatest living tabla players. This extended tabla workshop will include lessons, group practice sessions, lectures, repertoire classes, and a concert 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 pre-eminent 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 Vidyalaya schools of music in Benares and inLondon. He has held appointments at the music faculties of WesleyanUniversity, Brown University, Berklee School of Music, Dartington College of Arts, Oxford University and at Leeds University in England. For more information on Pandit Sahai, please visit

Dates: July 24th  through August 5th,  2006

Location: Schulich School of Music of McGill University, Montreal, Quebec,Canada

Instruments: Students should provide their own tabla for use during the workshop. A very limited number of tabla may be available to rent.
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 Sessions: Students of all levels practice together. This is a time for review and clarification of material covered in class. The group practice sessions are for technique practice.

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

Lectures / presentations: To be announced.

Puja: Puja is a gathering to pay homage to the master tabla players and teachers of the past.

Gala Concert

Saturday August 5th, 2006

The concert will feature Pandit Sharda Sahai, performing a tabla solo in the Benares style. The concert will open with solo performances by Bob Becker and Shawn Mativetsky, accompanied by the McGill Percussion Ensemble.

Pollack Hall, Schulich School of Music of McGill University