Tabla

Tabla

The tabla or tabl, (Hindi: तबला, Marathi: तबला, Tamil: தபேலா, Nepali: तबला, Urdu: طبلہ, Arabic: طبل، طبلة‎) is a popular Indian percussion instrument of the membranophone family. It is used in Hindustani (North Indian Classical) music and in popular and devotional music of the Indian subcontinent. The term 'tabla' is derived from an Arabic word, tabl, which simply means 'drum'.