Globe-trotting percussion ensemble Talavya brings the Indian hand-drums tabla to the center stage, distilling its age-old spirit and practice into a high-energy, highly accessible performance that reveals the instrument’s true joys.
Composed by Indian music maestro Pandit Divyang Vakil, the quartet moves between rousing peaks and smooth meditative passages, expressing the various emotions of tabla. Played with the passion and power of a rock drum solo along with the sophistication and subtlety of a classical solo, Talavya is contemporary in feel, while full of the richness of classical tabla. With its blend of solos, duos and group compositions, the audience experiences each artist’s unique personality as they play complex rhythmic patterns with split-second perfection.Ambassadors for Indian percussion, Talavya has shared the stage with artists such as Mickey Hart (of Grateful Dead), Shakura S'Aida, Sidi Toure and Cuban Fire.
Tālavya and its artists are also available for educational workshops and residencies.
Talavya has been well-received by audiences of varying musical sensibilities. From college festivals and family clubs to corporate / private events and performing arts centers, their work has been appreciated by all.
Selected Performances in India include:
- college festivals like IIT-B's Mood Indigo, IIM-A's Chaos Festival, IIT-K's Springfest and SVNIT's Mindbend
- corporate events such as Duke International Meet, and Robobank Netherlands Workshop
- family clubs like Sports Club of Gujarat and Ellisbridge Gymkhana
- conferences such as INK Conference (formerly TEDIndia), and TEDxASB
- venues such as Blue Frog Mumbai and OPUS Bangalore.
Outside of India, Talavya has been touring in places such as Canada, US, South East Asia and UAE. Selected Performances outside India include:
- Vancouver Island Musicfest, Chico World Music Festival, California Worldfest, Hillside Festival, Festival of India - Richmond
- Harvard University, Mount Allison University, Mercer University
- Joe's Pub NYC, Chicago Cultural Center, Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse, Hugh's Room