Definition of tabla in English:


Syllabification: ta·bla
Pronunciation: /ˈtäblə


  • A pair of small hand drums attached together, used in Indian music; one is slightly larger than the other and is played using pressure from the heel of the hand to vary the pitch.
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    • Thus, when you mix the hypnotic qualities of dance music with the mystical range of Indian tablas, you open up the doors for interesting experimentation.
    • At this time she also took lessons for the traditional Indian instruments, tablas and harmonium.
    • Their voices are modulated and trailed by a mournful accordion and occasional tablas.


from Persian and Urdu tablah, Hindi tablā, from Arabic ṭabl 'drum'.

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