Talavya
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Talavya

Ahmedabad, Gujarāt, India | Established. Jan 01, 1999 | SELF | AFM

Ahmedabad, Gujarāt, India | SELF | AFM
Established on Jan, 1999
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"Benefit Concert by Indian Artists raises over $100K for Japan Tsunami Relieft"

...wowed the audience with their percussion savvy. - India West


"An Aural Experience for All"

Playing in incredible tandem, the four tabla players make it possible for the untrained western ear to hear the nuances of this most subtle of percussion instruments in a way that is not usually the case. A highly recommended aural experience for all.

- Dr. Roopen Majithia, Department Head - Mount Allison University


"Listen to this: Drum Circle"

The ensemble helps educate the people who don't know anything about tabla. Every show there are people cheering and screaming like they would at a rock concert. - New York Post


"Talavya Live and in the flesh at Opus, Bangalore"

The tabla, backed up by a harmonium saw a solid setlist of explosive music at Opus.

The monotony of just two instruments was soon forgotten as the crowd slowly began to hear various layers of sound shared between the tabla players.

With intense jugalbandis and fast-paced tabla solos and duets, the sound was perfect for a family-dinner night out. Several groups of people kicked back, enjoying their drinks, while feeding energy to the troupe on stage.

They pulled off one hell of a show! - High On Score


"Fabulous expertise, excellent showmanship"

We hosted Talavya as part of the Chico World Music Festival and they were a surprise hit for many folks. Fabulous technical expertise, excellent showmanship, and an engaging personality brought scores of new fans to tabla music.

- Dan DeWayne, Director, Chico Performances - Chico Performances


"Electrifying"

Talavya was electrifying. I could have spent hours listening to them - their individual talents and virtuosity have been harnessed and honed by Pt. Divyang Vakil into something truly extraordinary. A dedicated, stunning ensemble playing is a humbling lesson to all musicians. - Robert Gupta, TED SeniorFellow, First Violin - LA Philharmonic


"Talavya expands traditional drum's range"

In skilled hands, the tabla can create a myriad jaw-dropping sounds, including a galloping horse, insects chirping, rainfall, and distant thunder.

The quartet performs developed compositions interspersed with improvisation, meditative pieces, lightning fast interplay and age-old rhythms, adjusting on the mood of the night and the audience reaction. - Creative Loafing Charlotte


"Talavya is Evolutionary"

Talavya don't just play Indian classical music, they transcend its dogma, break free off its burden of inertia and bring a vibe of dynamism to the static. They do so without losing their cultural moorings, and holding in reverence their art's traditions, history and ethos that they've inherited. For me, Talavya is evolutionary. They're taking Indian classical music forward.

- Akshath Jitendranath, Director, Fireflies Festival of Music - Fireflies Festival of Music


"Talavya were a huge hit"

Talavya were a huge hit at our festival, our audience who was blown away by the groups virtuosity and friendly, accessible performances. I can't recommend them enough, even to audiences who may not be used to Indian music!

- DougCox, Executive Producer/Artistic Director - Vancouver Island MusicFest


"Tabla Rocks Festival"

"thrill-inducing performance that had the audience on their feet." - Ahmedabad Mirror


Discography

Power of Tabla (2010)
Tabla Ecstasy (2012)

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Bio

The Indian hand-drums tabla comes to the center stage in the hands of the young, highly trained players of Talavya, a quartet that revels in the tablas' hidden potency as a rhythmic and melodic instrument capable of expressing just about anything.  This high-energy and dynamic percussion ensemble making the centuries-old art form of tabla (Indian hand drums) accessible to all. Global ambassadors for Indian percussion, Talavya is a leading example of tradition and modernity coming together seamlessly. 

Talavya is the brainchild of Pandit Divyang Vakil, a tabla maestro and master teacher who gave up a successful performance career to dedicate himself to guiding students and composing music. He demands precision and dedication from his students and artists - required to evoke the nuanced moods and ideas hidden in the drums.  Though the artists of Talavya, with several decades of combined training, can play with the spark and passion of a rock drum solo, the accompanying harmonium and their honed rhythmic sense keeps their playing grounded in the cycle of beats their forbearers played in for millennia.

Within the technical excellence, Pandit Vakil encourages each artist to find a distinctive voice. This touch means the performers of Talavya let their personalities shine in concert. Mop-topped Sahil Patel rarely stops smiling and looks for the lighter side of the music, while the young Vishal Vaghela takes things more seriously. Rushi Vakil, Pandit Vakil's son as well as his student, loves jazz, is a keyboardist and world music composer, while Kaumil Shah teaches djembe (and loves transferring Indian classical rhythms to the African drum). These broader horizons and varied influences keep the groups perspective fresh and open to other musical possibilities.

The intensity and generosity of Talavya keeps to the spirit of Indian classical art, while expanding its palette and its audience. Each performance moves between rousing peaks and slower, smooth meditative passages not usually associated with percussion. It engages the pure sonic energy of Indian traditions, the narrative possibilities of the drum, and the wide-open spaces for improvisation, creativity, and personal expression Indian arts offer.

Currently, Talavya performs a work entitled Tabla Ecstasy. Past ensemble compositions include Tabla Taandav, Tabla Triveni, Tabla Tarkhat, and Ardha Taal Chakra. 

Ambassadors for Indian percussion, Talavya has collaborated with artists such as Mickey Hart (of Grateful Dead), Shakura S'Aida, Sidi Toure and Cuban Fire.  As educators, the ensemble has led workshops and residencies across the world. 


"Talavya were a huge hit at our festival, our audience who was blown away by the groups virtuosity and friendly, accessible performances. I can't recommend them enough, even to audiences who may not be used to Indian music!" - DougCox, Executive Producer/Artistic Director, Vancouver Island Musicfest

"thrill-inducing performance that had the audience on their feet." - Ahmedabad Mirror

"Talavya was surprise hit for many folks. Fabulous technical expertise, excellent showmanship, and an engaging personality brought scores of new fans to tabla music." - Dan DeWayne, Director, Chico Performances

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